Shadow and Bone is the first book in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
I didn’t really enjoy Shadow and Bone. It was well written but I didn’t connect to any of the characters.
After ready many books with well developed and dynamic characters, I found the main characters lacking. The magic aspect was interesting but it wasn’t enough to keep me fully interested in the book.
I believe a few people will enjoy the book but I can’t fully recommend this book.