Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

This is the first book in the Grisha trilogy.  A friend of mine has recommended this series to me and I was excited to give it a go.

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When I started to read this book, the first thing that came to me was how much it was like the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova. They’re not the same, but there are definitely things that makes them similar, as well as many things that separates them from each other.

I liked the fantasy world and the concept around the Grishas and the Shadow Fold. I like fantasy with a touch of magic in it, along with great castles and conspiracies. I really enjoyed this book and I wanted to know what would happen. I finished the book in a few days,but it ended too fast for me. I wasn’t really ready for the book to end  where it did because my e-reader said I was at 58% when the book ended (they added a lot of extra material at the end of the book). When I was at 50% I was really excited “this much has already happened and I’ve got half the book left!”. Turns out I was right at the end of the book. shadonw and bone

I had a hard time connect with the main character Alina throughout the book. The writing style I guess didn’t appeal to me and I felt distanced towards her. I liked her though because she wasn’t a meek girl without a will of her own, but rather than really feeling for her I just wanted to know what would happen in this story.

I am not sure I’ll read the second book in this series. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book, but would I enjoy the next book? Will I feel any more connected to the characters? I might borrow the book from the library instead of buying it.

design-2I love the design of these books. Great graphics that really sets the tone for the books. I like how it feels new and fresh. That’s not something I can say for the Swedish covers for this book though. The English covers entice me and makes me want to read them whereas the Swedish covers does not have the same appeal. I wonder why they chose to change the covers completely? Anyway, great graphics design on these covers and I’d like to own them all just because of their design.

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