Shadow and Bone
BOOK ONE of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy
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.
A New York Times Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
An Indie Next List Book
Amazon Best Books of the Year Pick for 2012
ALA Best YA Fiction List for 2012
Praise for the Grishaverse
“A master of fantasy.” — THE HUFFINGTON POST
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” — THE GUARDIAN
“The best magic universe since Harry Potter.” — BUSTLE
“This is what fantasy is for.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” — NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” — USA TODAY
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” — VANITY FAIR
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” — Veronica Roth, bestselling author of DIVERGENT
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” — Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series