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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
March 27, 2012
Shadow and Bone is the first book in the Grisha Trilogy!
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.
"Set in a fascinating, unique world rich with detail, SHADOW AND BONE was unlike anything I've ever read. Alina is a clever, sympathetic character I will gladly follow into the next installment-- which can't come soon enough!" --Veronica Roth, New York Times Bestselling author of DIVERGENT
"I loved it! This is just my kind of fantasy--rich, satisfying, and gorgeous, laced with heart-pounding action and pitch-perfect romance. The characters--protagonists and antagonists--are layered and complex. I'll be thinking about it for a good long time." --Cinda Williams Chima, author of the Heir Chronicles series and the Seven Realms series