Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the The Shadow and Bone Trilogy series.

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If you've read Leigh Bardugo's Six Of Crows this is the larger world of that book, and I would suggest reading the Grisha series. And if you haven't read anything by Leigh Bardugo yet, pick up this book, and start reading. This is the first book of the Grisha Series and it centers around a girl named Alina who so far has grown up as a soldier in a country at war, but at a crossing of the mysterious and dangerous "Fold" Alina soon learns that she is a Grisha, and possesses powers that are invaluable to her country. She's whisked off to the Little Palace, where all Grisha are trained, and kept under the watch of the mysterious Darkling. I enjoyed the way Bardugo mixes magic and war, and all the political machinations that take place within this book between the Darkling, the Grisha, the soldiers and their enemies. I will warn that I started out not liking Alina , but she quickly grew on me, although I feel that she has a lot more character growth to go through within the next books to really become a great character. I'm interested to see how the rest of this series plays out, and how if at all, it ties into the world of Six of Crows. — Amy Williams

Shadow and Bone follows the story of Alina Starkov, an orphan and mapmaker in her country’s army who discovers while protecting her best friend Mal that she has had a power inside her unlike any other; the ability to summon light. She is what this world would call a Grisha; those with unique abilities that serve Ravka’s king. She is immediately whisked away by the Grisha’s leader, The (tall, dark and handsome) Darkling, to train with her new powers among other Grisha at the Little Palace, where Alina grows to learn strength, self-confidence, power and friendship in a community that she was born to belong in, but just when things start to look up for Alina the story spins on its head and goes in a direction that both shocked and impressed me.
The novel has a few typical YA tropes that it definitely didn’t need but it completely surprised with its originality and dark climax. By the end, Alina is no longer the naive, straight and narrow child we see in the beginning; she is an all out Grisha Sun Summoning badass with MULTIPLE love interests pining for her. Alina shines so brightly by the story's end that I fear that anyone who claims to care for her will only one dim her brightness.

Kirstin Swartz

The first book in the YA Grishaverse series sets up the fantasy world of monsters, magic, and secrets. The vaguely Russian country of Ravka is at war with the vaguely Scandinavian country of Fjerda,and Ravka is ruled over by the Grisha - magic users. It's a world full of intrigue and suspense. Turned into a Netflix series, Bardugo's page turning narrative is very addictive. The story follows a young girl named Alina who doesn't know she has magical powers until she crosses this cool Shadow fold of darkness and discovers her gift which sets her into the company of the grisha and away from the soldier she loves. — Paul Thompson

Summer 2012 Kids' Next List

“This debut fantasy riffs on Russian history and folklore. The orphan, Alina, doesn't know that she controls powers beyond her mapmaker trade and is thrust into royalty and the Darkling's inner circle, the magical, elite Grishas. With vivid characters, exciting and twisty plots, monsters, romance, and a fully developed otherworld, this is a high fantasy thriller of the first order. I look forward to more from this talented author!”
— Maureen Palacios, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, CA


See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with Shadow and Bone, now a Netflix series.

Enter the Grishaverse with Book One of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

A New York Times Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
An Indie Next List Book
This title has Common Core connections.

Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The King of Scars Duology
King of Scars
Rule of Wolves

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic
The Lives of Saints

Praise for the Grishaverse

“A master of fantasy.” —The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” —The Guardian

About the Author

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix series) which spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology, The Language of Thorns, and the King of Scars duology—with more to come. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019). She lives in Los Angeles and is an Associate Fellow of Pauli Murray College at Yale University.

Praise For…

A New York Times Bestseller

“Set in a fascinating, unique world rich with detail, Shadow and Bone was unlike anything I've ever read.” —Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author of Divergent

"Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery all in one book!" —Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series

“Rich, satisfying, and gorgeous, laced with heart-pounding action and pitch-perfect romance.” —Cinda Williams Chima, bestselling author of the Seven Realms series and the Heir series

Mesmerizing. . . . Bardugo's set up is shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for.” —New York Times Book Review

“The top fantasy book to read this year.” —The Huffington Post

"The darker it gets for the good guys, the better." —Entertainment Weekly

Romantic and magical . . . Plenty of plot twists and betrayals kept us enjoying this richly crafted adventure until the very last page. (P.S. A do-not-miss for fans of Graceling.)”—Justine magazine

“Fast-paced and unpredictable, this debut novel will be a hit with readers who love dark fantasy.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This gripping debut novel, with a touch of magic and romance . . . will keep readers burning the midnight oil.” —Shelf Awareness

"Danger and duplicity abound . . . in this lavish portrayal of a country reminiscent of Imperial Russia." —VOYA

“A rich fantasy landscape, an inspired magical structure, and a gratifying emotional hook keep the pages whirring by until a final twist upends assumptions and lands us smack in the middle of a harrowing climax. ” —Horn Book Magazine

“Filled with lush descriptions, intriguing magic, and plenty of twists, this memorable adventure offers action and intrigue mixed with an undercurrent of romance and danger.” —Publishers Weekly

“The plotting is powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Bardugo weaves a captivating spell with lushly descriptive writing, engaging characters, and an exotic, vivid world. Readers will wait impatiently for the next installment.” —Booklist

“A well-drawn world, full of deceit and mythology, populated by entirely believable characters. Full of truly surprising twists and turns, beautiful imagery and a protagonist it's impossible not to root for, this is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien.” —RT Book Reviews

“This is one book series you want to get hooked on.” —

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250027436
ISBN-10: 1250027438
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy