Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo

Book: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Year: 2012
Pages: 358

“talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before”

I read the Crows series before this one because I got stuck into Six of Crows more than I did with Shadow and Bone – I was wrong though to think that was because I wouldn’t enjoy this one as much. While I can see why people say the writing is different to crows, it doesn’t make it any less good, the writing felt more mature with this one. I really liked the intensive world building and the characterization, there was so much detail but the writing never felt heavy at all.

That is the beauty of Bardugo’s writing. I will never not be in love with the way she writes her stories, she manages to perfectly balance the descriptions with story-telling and speech without it seeming clumsy or heavy. I can sit at any point and read so many pages because of how easy the text flows.

The story line was incredible, I especially loved the bit where Alina realised her power belongs to her, and her alone. It was very poignant and made for a beautiful scene. Overall, the pace of the story was the at the perfect rate for me – just enough that I didn’t think that things were moving too rapidly or put the book down out of boredom.

Everyone seems to hate so much on Mal, that I thought for sure I wouldn’t be keen on him. But I really did grow to love him, especially the sweet story of him and Alina – and the use of “the boy and the girl” when it talks about their backstory. I really enjoyed reading their moments together and how they eventually found each other again.

While reading this story did help to fill in some blanks for me after Six of Crows, I prefer to think of them as separate entities because the writing and story development was different.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

-personally, Emma

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