Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo | The Grisha Trilogy

As always with my review posts – this contains a plot summary and thus spoilers. Click away if you haven’t read the book and you are not interested in it being spoiled.

I have a huge bone to pick with this book. I ranted on and off about it to a group of bookstagram friends but I am starting to wonder why is there so much hype around this trilogy (I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing, okay?). I am just so confused about this universe and the powers that these people have, and there are a lot of foreignisms (mostly Russian/Slavic words that I can get the hang of with my mother tongue being a Slavic language) but I am so confused about most of it, just bare with me.


The Synopsis

Ravka is torn in two by the Shadow Fold and the monsters who creep there long to wreak havoc on the rest of the world. The fate of the world rests in the hands of one girl.

Alina Starkov and her regiment are attacked while travelling through the Fold and she reveals the power that had been dormant all of her life – power that will save her war-ravaged country. Alina is thus pulled away and sent to the royal court to be trained as Grisha. 

But nothing is as it seems and Alina will have to face the secrets of the world, and more scarily – her own heart.


Do I love the Grisha verse? Yes.
Do I find it extremely confusing? Also, yes.
Am I extremely annoyed with Alina? You bet I am.

What I liked about the book: I will not be lying when I say that the only good thing about the book in my opinion, is the side cast of characters. That’s it. I love Genya so much.

What I didn’t like about the book: I was very close to DNF-ing this book because of how frustrated I got with Alina. The plot definitely has room for improvement as far as world building and plot twists – there were too many in one book and I feel like not all of them were thorough enough. What really annoyed me is Alina’s spurt of character development which declined as quickly as it grew. I really do not like Mal. I find him possessive, arrogant and he starts seeing Alina for who she is after she starts showing off her powers. (My first reaction to Mal was to compare him to Chaol Westfall and boy, Chaol is way, way better than Mal will ever be. Apologies KALE.) The Darkling annoys me too at times, even though I have loved him from the first encounter.

I also screamed sacrilege when the Darkling got Alina her amplifier and you’ll understand why if you’ve read Throne of GlassI wanted to kick both of them so hard then (not that it would have been sufficient).

A quote: “Like calls to like.”

My rating: 3/5 stars

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