Thursday, June 23, 2016
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Book 1 in the Grisha Trilogy
This is the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy set in a world that is Russia adjacent but firmly in a land of monsters and magic. Alina is a war orphan that has been raised with her best friend Mal in the empty mansion of an absent Duke. They are both drafted into the army to protect the homeland from both invaders and the invasive darkness of The Fold. Alina discovers truths about herself that change everything and force her to examine her true place in the world. The book is slow to get going with all the world building in the beginning but it's worth it to keep going. Fans of Harry Potter will like this one for its reluctant heroine forced into a magical destiny that she doesn't want but can't avoid.