This is book number 1 in the The Shadow and Bone Trilogy series.
This is good teen fantasy. It’s about a 16/17th century alternate universe full of sorcerers with specific powers. Everyone develops a unique power when they become a teenager. There’s also this giant dark cloud, called the Shadow Fold, with harpy-like guardians in the kingdom that no one can fight successfully. Then, our main character comes in, a young girl who discovers a power that is able to produce light that hurts the Shadow Fold. She’s uncertain and scared as the higher up sorcerers want to use her as a weapon. It’s really exciting and filled with this great imagined kingdom.— John G.
“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
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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.
Soldier. 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.
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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
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
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.” —Seventeen.com