Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo May 2, 2021 11:44:01 GMT
Post by Susanne on May 2, 2021 11:44:01 GMT
Shadow and Bone is the first book in the Grisha trilogy about Alina Starkov, who finds out she's a Grisha. Grisha are a kind of people with magical abilities, who can manipulate an element. Alina grew up at a type of foster home with a boy named Mal, who becomes her best friend. They later serve in the First Army. As their country is at war with their bordering countries. The country is also divided by a large barrier of darkness, cause by the heretic centuries ago. The barrier holds the dangerous volcras, who used to be men, women and children, but were turned when the heretic caused the dark rift.
In order to pass through the Shadow sea, you have to travel by a special made ship. Mal and Alina are on board, when they have to pass through, but the ship is attacked by the volcras and Alina ends up shooting a bolt of light and kills the attacking volcras. She is brought to the leader of the second Army, the Darkling.
The first book follows Alina as she finds out what and who she is and what she is capable of, torn between the mysterious Darkling, who sets something off in her and her best friend Mal.
I read the book after I had seen the first series of Shadow and Bone on Netflix and even though there are certain elements that are the same, the over all story is different. The book is easy read and not the type that makes you think that much, so clearly aimed for the young adult audience. None the less I liked the book even though I prefer the tv show, as you see things not just from Alina's point of view, but Mal's as well and the Crows (who actually have their own book in the Grisherverse).
I will definitely read the rest of the books at some point.