Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone : Book 1

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"The Hunger Games meets Potter meets Twilight meets Lord of the Rings meets Game of Thrones; basically epic magical fantasy but completely for grown-ups." STYLIST MAGAZINE Originally published as The Gathering Dark. The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him? Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Laini Taylor.
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Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 30mm | 295g
  • Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780621418
  • 9781780621418
  • 47,822

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I can use one word to describe this book and that is "powerful" powerful because its original. Powerful because its eye catching. Powerful because it makes you feel all the emotions that are mentioned in the English dictionary, And powerful because Its made me have a whole new out look and something to look forward to in the future of YA. DARKREADERS When I closed the covers of this book, late at night, I drifted into a vivid dream bursting with midnight blue keftas and beautiful - but blinding - white light. Leigh Bardugo is a master storyteller, who draws you into her richly-imagined world and refuses to release you... even after you've turned the last page. Shadow and Bone has occupied my thoughts - day and night - ever since I began it. FEED ME BOOKS NOW A New York Times bestseller, it's like The Hunger Games meets Potter meets Twilight meets Lord Of The Rings meets Game Of Thrones; basically epic magical fantasy but completely for grown-ups. STYLIST Shadow and Bone is YA fantasy exactly how I like it: deep, epic and full of action and adventure. I fell in love with the story when I was only a few chapters in, and the many twists and turns that followed kept me hooked right until the end. I'm really glad I read this book and I'm even more glad that I have the sequel sat waiting for me. I have no idea where Leigh Bardugo is going with her story, but I can't wait to find out. Read this if you're a fan of fantasy - you won't be disappointed! WONDROUS READS Overall, I loved everything about this book, with there being some seriously unexpected plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I could hardly put this book down, and am thoroughly looking forward to reading the following books in the trilogy. My only slight complaint is that the book was too short, I wanted more to read! (5 stars) BOOK CHICK CITY ...brilliantly written and truly spellbinding. MIGMAG This book really hooked me, I read it for hours on end just letting the magical story come to life in my mind, it was incredible and I LOVED IT!... The Gathering Dark is a very unique book which will leave you wanting more... it is one of the best books I've ever read. Read, Write and Read Some More The world building is slow, subtle and full. You get a really good idea of the court, and the way the magical society works. It's impossible to place exactly in time and location, but I still really enjoyed it. DEATH, BOOKS AND TEA There is so much to love about this book... Leigh Bardugo knows her stuff. The pacing is superb, the climax is faultless, and the immaculate blend of fantasy, action and romance really did make this book 'unputdownable'. REALM OF FICTION I think I often overuse the word 'unputdownable' when I write reviews, but this is one book which the term definitely applies to! It is dramatic and intriguing, and every twist and turn in the fantastic plot is completely unpredictable. Shadow and Bone is intoxicating, and once you have picked it up it will be glued to your hands until the last page is turned, unless, like me you fall asleep reading it. -- HorseLover3000 GUARDIAN TEEN BOOKS
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About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles and graduated from Yale University. She indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls and costuming in her other life as a make-up artist in Hollywood, and can occasionally be heard singing with her band, Captain Automatic. Visit Leigh's website at
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542,441 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 32% (175,114)
4 40% (218,920)
3 21% (116,184)
2 4% (23,837)
1 2% (8,386)

Our customer reviews

I haven't read the book yet. But I spent so much time waiting for the re release of the UK edition in order to get the rest of the series in a cheaper price since UK gets paperback release unlike the US who gets it in hardback and almost double priced. Biggest mistake of my life. From the book you can really feel its published by Orion but I can't believe they did this terrible mistake. At first when I flipped the pages I was disappointed that chapters title were not illustrated as the US, but I totally ignored that one. Just now I figured out that I totally forgot that there was a map. Checked my copy and saw that it's NOT INCLUDED!! and I think the map is important. If you don't mind not having a beautiful map and chapter title illustrations then it should not be an issue. If you do AVOID THIS ONE. If I was looking for a cheaper price I should've got the US paperback. Shame on meshow more
by Mohammed Talat Ebrahim
The first thing that caught my attention was the cover because beside the obvious -as you can see it's absolutely beautiful- it has some sort of Russian palace. And that was intriguing. Well, as a matter of fact Ms. Bardugo used a quasi Russian background to create a better atmosphere; we can see it in some expressions, in some descriptions of the buildings and places where, with the help of our imagination, a new and exciting world will unfold for our eyes to see. And I know I sound a little bit romantic but I just can't help it, you know? I finished the book a couple of days ago and it still haunts me -in a marvelous way, not a creepy one, I promise-. As of today I consider Ms. Bardugo one of the best writers out there. To use the Russian setting was a genius idea! Not only does it gives us a background but it also gives the plot some sort of realness and I often found myself wondering "if I go to Russia, will I find some Grisha people?" I would hate to sound crazy in front of my friends, but I'm sure you get it, guys. This is a world I would love to live in. I would give anything to meet Alina, the main character and see her develop her personality throughout the book. She began as a normal, skinny, kind of forgettable girl only to discover that she is a very special Grisha. So important in fact that her normal and boring live will be swept away by the intrigues of the Palace and the lies of a place where she is now a stranger. But she is strong even if she doesn't know it and soon she will learn to trust her instinct and learn from her mistakes. By the end of the book she is ready to stand her ground and take destiny in her own hands knowing that no Grisha will be able to stop her. And what is Grisha you may wonder. I'm glad you asked, you see, Grisha are a group of people that are divided in smaller groups depending on the power they share -fire, amplifiers, etc- that are commanded by a powerful Grisha, The Darkling. Sounds important, yeah? Well, he is. This character is by far one of the most intriguing and complex characters out there to the point where I'm not sure if I love him -in a very weird way 'cause, you see, he is not someone you want to trust entirely- or hate him for being so... well, for a lack of a better word, so Darkling. You will see what I mean when you read the book, seriously. Of course, then we have Mal. Oh Mal... I love you, I really do. He is Alina's love interest and she chose a perfect one. They have being friends for a long time, and although they are separated when Alina's power emerges, Mal does not disappear from her life. He is strong and protective but knows where to stop and let her do her thing. He respects her and that's something I appreciate a lot. The YA fantasy world has gotten better after Leigh Bardugo was found. Shadow and Bone was an amazing treat for my imagination and my senses because, yes, it felt that real. I can barely wait to read Siege and Storm... days can't pass fast more
by Alaiel Kreuz
Leigh Bardugo's debut is one that arouses some thirst in you that refuses to be quenched until you get more. I was positively surprised when I worried that my expectations may have been set to high and SHADOW AND BONE spat in my face and blew my mind completely. There were so many things I loved in this book. Alina Starkov is the kind of protagonist who is not hard to relate to. While she may be categorized as one of those 'cliche heroines of YA novels', that doesn't make it any less harder to like her or to sympathize with her. I enjoyed watching her character develop and grow as the story progressed. In fact, all the characters in SHADOW AND BONE were written so beautifully and intricately that it came as a sharp slap to the face to realize that they didn't actually exist. Even the interaction between them was astounding. The whole of SHADOW AND BONE is astounding, but I felt that the best part had to be the world building. It's apparent that Bardugo put much effort into crafting the world of Ravka and the dreaded Shadow Fold. It may have taken a while for the depth of the world building to become clear, but in the end it was well worth the wait, and I was left feeling a sense of satisfaction and true knowledge - two things you don't normally feel after reading an average YA book! Just how far Bardugo's imaginations stretched was astounding. I'm still reeling. The Darkling is in a league of his own. Some of his charm and seduction might have traveled through the pages and into me! The romance in this book includes what some people might call a love triangle, but to me, it didn't feel that way at all. I fell in love with both the Darkling and Mal, and just when I thought that the book couldn't possibly get any better, Bardugo jumped out with another twist and BAM. The story DID get better. It's hard to describe how much I loved this book. With a beautifully woven plot and a heartbreaking love story, Leigh Bardugo's debut is one that deserves all the hype it has been receiving. It's spectacular, wonderful, magical. I can't wait to continue Alina's adventures in SIEGE AND more
by Megan Koh
I had heard a lot of praise for Shadow and Bone before I read it myself, and I'm pleased to say that the positivity is well deserved. Leigh Bardugo's world building in the creation of the kingdom of Ravka and it's people, is spectacular. A mostly war torn and impoverished land, it is the home to an orphan called Alina. She's just one of hundred orphans who grew up to be recruited into a war again the monsters that live in The Fold - a stretch of deathly darkness. There are some people who have magic, known as The Grisha, they are divided into three factions Corporalki, Etherealki and Materialki, and fight at the highest level of the army. I don't want to give away too much about the story, but suffice to say a lot of detail has gone into creating a new nation that feels vivid and tangible.The royal courts luxury provides a startling contrast to the lives of most Ravkans, and our heroine is whisked from obscurity and thrust into the role of celebrity. The characters caught my attention from the moment I read the prologue. Alina is best friends with Mal, and they grew up as orphans on an estate and they were inseparable until Alina is marked out as being special. I love what the author does with these two characters. Alina is Mal's shadow and is devastated when she's whisked away from him. The story is told from her perspective so we experience her sense of dislocation at the sudden change her life has taken. At court, Alina gets to know new people and we get to marvel at the mystery that is the Darkling. He has a talent for making everything he says seem plausible, making things that seem black and white suddenly seem less clear. He's charming and attentive, but where his attention goes court intrigue follows... The dialogue is beautiful. Whether it's friendly banter, creepy warnings, or sultry seduction, these characters talk the talk. The plot unfolds at a steady pace, with sub-plots flowing into each other in a way that makes the story a pageturner. I'm not sure if this review does the story any justice, but I'm worried about chucking out a ton of spoilers if I don't reign in my enthusiasm!show more
by K R Weinert
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