Teen Review: “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo
Alina Starkov has always been a scrawny, sickly looking girl who in no way is remarkable. She grew up an orphan with her one and only friend, Mal. Now much older, they are both in the army. Their regiment is sent across the Shadow Fold, a place filled with darkness. Not even thirty minutes in, they are attacked. At the last moment before she and Mal are taken, Alina’s dormant power is released, bringing light to this ruined place. Once back to safety, Alina is swept up into the care of the Grisha, powerful sorcerers, and taken to the royal court by their leader, the Darkling. Alina looks nothing like the beautiful, powerful Grisha, and she can’t believe that she is now one of them. How can this scrawny girl be the light that will wipe away the darkness and restore the kingdom? This book’s magical world is full of surprises.
Aedan, Central TLLC, 17