Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows as part of The Hub Challenge and as a result of reading her this book spectacularly awesome book I knew I just had to delve into the books BEFORE Six of crows! I became intensely interested in the grisha and a friend told me how absorbing the characters, the worlds of Grisha, the armies, and the Darkling were... We find orphans, Mal and Alina living under a benevolent duke who has his orphans checked at a certain age to see if they are Grisha and if they are they will enter the world of the Darkling and their skills will be honed. Alina and Mal are found to be average and sent to serve in the army where Mal excels and Alina misses their friendship of younger days. While on a ship passing through The Fold as the Volcra attack, Alina is able to summon light and repel the Volcra. Immediately she becomes a Grisha and part of The Darkling's world and boy does he have plans for her (but will Alina want to be a part of his deadly intentions???) Will Alina and Mal find each other? I am so lucky to jump into Book 2 since all 3 books in the series have been published- that is the nice thing about series (not having to WAIT for the next to come out)!!!
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