Alina always thought she was just an orphan girl who works as a cartographer for the army.  She marches side by side with her best friend and fellow orphan, Mal, who is the best tracker the army has seen.  When Alina and her crew are attacked in The Shadow Fold by volcra she lets off a bright light that makes the monsters retreat.  It turns out Alina is the original Sun Summoner.  Now that her power has been revealed Alina is in grave danger.  The Darkling quickly rushes her to safety behind Grisha walls where Alina is never hungry, never cold and is trained to use her powers to the best of her ability, but it comes with a price.  One she is not willing to pay.

With each fantasy book I pick up it always takes me a few chapters to understand what is happening.  However once I got into it I tore through the pages!  This was no exception.  I loved Alina who is a take no prisoners orphan in love with her best friend.  Behind the walls she is a fancier version of herself, but still the same.  For a hot moment I wanted her attraction to the Darkling to workout.  I believed him when he said together they could rule the world to make it a better place.  It turns out he has a more sinister plan.  This is only the first book of three, and there is a Netflix Series coming out in April so I’m on a tight timeline to finish all the books before the series.  If they are anything like this one, it will not be an issue.

Book Rating: 5/5

Wine Pairing: Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


Grisha: Small Science is the art of manipulating matter at its most basic form

The Shadow Fold: The Shadow Fold is a section of nearly impenetrable darkness that grows every year and contains volcra among other unnamed horrors. The Shadow Fold cuts directly across the Vy, a wide road that once stretched across the land connecting Os Alta to the port cities on Ravka’s western coast. On maps, the Shadow Fold is shown

Sun Summoner: Sun Summoners are Grisha of the Etherealki Order. They have the ability to bend and summon light. They can also summon heat from the sun. Alina Starkov was the original SunSummoner.

The Darkling: is a Shadow Summoner, the Second in Command in all of Ravka, and the leader of the Second Army.



Goodreads Synopsis

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 is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.