I received this book through a giveaway on Bookstagram from the wonderful @bristolianbooks and let me start by saying I am so glad I entered and won!!
This is the first in the series and I must admit before receiving this book I hadn’t really heard much about the series. But I was intrigued after reading the blurb.
For those that aren’t aware, Shadow and Bone follows Alina, a soldier who was not particularly skilled at anything in life. Until her and her best friend’s life is endangered whilst travelling through the Fold. This is a strip of land which has been plunged into darkness and taken over by dangerous creatures. When threatened her secret power to overcome the darkness comes to light and she is suddenly thrust into the world of Grishas. But all is not as it seems in true fantasy style and darkness is trying to take her over from multiple directions and she must fight for her life.
This is a wonderful novel. Set in the depths of winter in Russia one of the first things to attract me was the setting. The writer painted such a wonderful picture of each area that it was a joy to imagine whilst wandering through woods, towns and palaces with Alina. The character development is also superb and you will always be kept on the edge of your seat in anticipation.
I also was sucked into The Darkling’s world a little too easily. Well who can resist those charms, good looks and the authority?
This book was an adventure throughout full of suspense, fantasy, love and beauty and I would highly recommend it. After reading this I instantly went online and bought the other two in the series.
The world that Leigh created is a delightful blend of reality and fantasy making the world more believable. I also thought the characters were all well rounded and you had your different personalities who naturally clashed from your popular pretty girl, your outsider boy and your dark, handsome stranger.
The writing and plot was superb it felt like you were almost reading a fairy tale. The language used was perfect for the genre and the descriptive nature of the book made each scene spring to life in front of you. It almost felt like you were in the snow, shivering with the characters.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – definitely a 5 star rating, I really enjoyed all aspects of this book from the genre and setting to the characters and plot
Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Much love 💘