Half expecting this book will disappoint because of it’s Instagram popularity, I guessed wrong. One of the most amazing first book I’ve ever read. Shadow and Bone follows Alina Starkov, an orphan that works as a cartographer for the military that was assigned to go through the Unsea (a place that has been consumed by darkness where monsters lurks). As they go through the Unsea, a tragedy occurred and that is where the story progresses.
What is interesting about this book is that Leigh Bardugo did an amazing job in creating a fast-paced novel that doesn’t feel incomplete. She did very well introducing the magic system of the world she created even with just few pages. Her characters are all extremely easy to sympathize with, and her writing is just brilliant.
Normally, first books tend to have something missing from them. Something lacking. I didn’t feel that in this book. The creation of the characters are just enough to catapult them into the readers effortlessly because their of how well-thought and put together their background stories are.
Lastly, you might vouch that a book like this will need time to explain its magic system. But no, Leigh Bardugo did it in one book. And she did so with astounding ease. I absolutely love this book!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Timesbestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the Six of Crows Duology and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Aug 2017) and The Language of Thorns (Sept 2017).
She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.