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Shadow and Bone

Bardugo, Leigh (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
Authors: Bardugo, Leigh
Title: Shadow and bone
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 358 p. : map ; 22 cm
Summary: Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
ISBN: 0805094598
9780805094596
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bar
Statement of Responsibility: Leigh Bardugo
Subject Headings: Orphans Fiction Monsters Fiction Ability Fiction Magic Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Orphans
Monsters
Ability
Magic
LCCN: 2011034012
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Jul 14, 2014
  • Martke62 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The writing is amazing and I loved the Russian elements added to it.

A patron review from the Summer Reading Game: "I really enjoyed this book. I loved the friendship between the main character Alina and Mal and that Alaina was able to develop into a strong character in her own right. I found the involvement if magical powers in the book to be reminiscent of Avatar the last air bender but with a twist (and different types of powers though most people who specialize, do tend to fall into one of several color-coded categories). This had just enough magic to keep it interesting, but most of the story would appeal to someone interested in fantasy or adventure. I recommend this and will make sure to read the other two book in the series. "

Jun 12, 2014
  • ARIEL D SMITH rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The Darkling is the best, i do not care if he is BAD or whatever. I love him. Anyway this is a good read, bunch of action, drama, magic, romance you name it. Its all in here. Worth a read

Jun 02, 2014
  • nidofito rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed the book. Was glad to see that although the plot followed a typical YA formula, the author added her own twists to give it a unique look. Always love court politics and the power struggle that comes with it. Hope to see greater character complexity and depth and exploration of this world in the sequel.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Alina Starkov has never felt like she belonged. Orphaned and adopted by a duke, Alina meets an equally parentless boy named Mal. The two are inseparable, referred to by the duke's servants as melenchki, little ghosts, as they giggle throughout the vast house. Of course, such things cannot always stay the same.

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Apr 14, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this. It is guilty of following a very familiar formula (girl has special powers that suddenly manifest, girl is part of a love/lust triangle, girl is out to save the world) but it was still really interesting. Probably because the author has chosen to base her world on Russian culture. I'm not sure how accurate it is but it's a breath of fresh air.

What it great here is the amount of intrigue and deception. At the core of the story here is a girl who has been nothing, or at least think she has been, for so long being shown attention. She's delighted and happy but she also sees the ugly side of being this important and this 'special.' Anyone who has had to deal with the in crowd at school will see many similar behaviours here. Lots of mean girls to be had here. Everyone has their own agenda and Alina is mostly alright being swept along with it until a certain point.

I'm curious to see what the rest of the series will bring. If you enjoyed "Divergent" and "The Hunger Games", I'd give this one a shot.

Feb 17, 2014
  • JCLJoshN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fast-paced, imaginative adventure with cool magic/weird science, engaging characters, great plot twists, and a good dose of Russian crankiness. Excited to read the next book!

Aug 25, 2013
  • emilyswartzer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alina Starkov is an orphan from The Border War. One day,she exhibits a power she did not know of. The Darklings take her to the King. She has no idea if her new found power will go off or not. Alina does not want an angry King. She is taken by Genya to her training , combative and her Grisha powers that she doesn't know how to use. Alina lives in the palace and eats pickled herring for breakfast because they have to live a "peasant" lifestyle in the palace. She learns that she is the Darkling's favorite, but when Baghra reveals who the Darkling is, she must leave and never come back. Alina leaves while a party is in session, but Mal finds her. Except he doesn't bring her back to the palace, he hides her. Together, they conclude that they must reach Morozova's stag before the Darkling. If he reaches it first, it could mean disaster. I highly recommend this book.

Aug 01, 2013
  • BobbyDolph rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOVED IT. Can't wait to read siege and storm and read the next step to the story!

Jul 28, 2013
  • sportsbookspce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book! I couldn't put it down. There were many surprises. The characters were very well written. I can't wait until the next book!

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Jul 17, 2012
  • pineapplemango rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason , just out of habit, because I'd seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I'd realize that you weren't there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I've risked my life for you. I've walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I'd do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don't tell me why we don't belong together," he said fiercely.”

Jul 17, 2012
  • pineapplemango rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“How did you fare with the Queen?" he asked.
"I have no idea," I said honestly. "Everything she said was perfectly nice, but the whole time she was looking at me as if I were something her dog spit up.”

Jul 17, 2012
  • pineapplemango rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I had spared the stag's life. The power of that life belonged to me as surely as it belonged to the man who had taken it.”

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