“Paired since childhood with her best friend Mal, orphan Alina Starkov expects only disappointment. She is nothing like the beautiful girls that Mal pursues, or the powerful Grisha who can summon flames or cause a man's heart to stop beating in his chest. But while on a military mission across the Fold, Mal is attacked by one of the darkened wasteland's monstrous Volcra, and Alina saves his life with an immense burst of power she did not know she had. Forcibly drafted by the Darkling, the handsome and powerful leader of the Grisha, Alina is separated from Mal and all that she knows. Unsure who to trust in the glittering world of the Darkling, or if she will ever see Mal again, Alina focuses on herself and tries to prepare to carry the heavy responsibility of cleansing Ravka of the Fold.
The world of Shadow and Bone is a pleasantly detailed, creative fantasy world reminiscent of imperial Russia, and Leigh Bardugo has crafted an engaging story as seductive as the Darkling.”