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Title: Shadow and BoneNovel Nuggets Button
Author: Leigh Bardugo
ISBN: 9780805094596
No. of Pages: 368
Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult
Origins: Mine. All mine.
Release Date: 5 June 2012


“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life–a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.”

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

What an amazing beginning to a series! It has a bit of everything – realism, magic, romance, action, adventure. With a strong heroine, the story passes all too quickly. The locale is simultaneously exotic and yet familiar with its Russian, Asian, and Norse derivatives. No wonder this has been such a popular series over the years!

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