Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


Recommended by Mr. Stephens

When you start a book and finish it in the same day, something has clearly captivated your attention. I found myself lost in utter amazement in the fantastical world of Ravka in Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. In the book, Alina Starkov, an orphan drafted into the King’s Army as a junior cartographer’s assistant, is faced with crossing the Shadow Fold next to soldiers and the Grisha, Ravka’s magical elite. As her sandskiff comes under attack by bird-like creatures, she sees a blinding light before falling unconscious. When she wakes, Alina is dragged by soldiers to meet the Darkling, a mysterious male with immense power. This is a book that believes magic is real, helping create an incredibly unique world in Ravka. It is not like any book I have ever come across. I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars due to Bardugo’s sheer creativity. If you allow yourself to be consumed into another world full of fantasy, then Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone would be a nice read for you.