Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

shadow and bone

Shadow and Bone
Leigh Bardugo
Performed by Lauren Fortgang
5 Stars

Alina Starkov is an orphan who’s only wish is to stay close to her best friend (and fellow orphan) Mal. Only when he gets hurt trying to save her she does everything that she can to save him. In the process she discovers that she has a power over the monsters that are trying to kill him. Alina is taken away from Mal and sent to the palace to develop her magical gift. She even becomes the favorite of the Darkling, one of the most powerful men in the kingdom. Only life at court is hard. Alina doesn’t understand her power. And trying to figure out and combat court politics seems completely out of her realm. Alina isn’t sure she is up to the challenge of court–or saving the country–without Mal.

This was a great book. Although I think that part of the reason that I enjoyed the book so much was due to the fact that I loved listening to the audio recording. Lauren Fortgang performed the audio recording and she was amazing. The different voices and characters were easy to distinguish. The accent was strong enough to give a feeling of something Russian or of that area while not being so strong that I couldn’t understand what in the world was being said. And the pace was great. This is an audio book that will keep readers interested in the story. Which is also due to the fact that it was a great book. (I know, I already said that…but it is true.) It was well written with just enough hints of where things were going that you knew that the court (or anyone in the court) was all that it seemed. However, it was clever enough that I kept guessing as to just where everything was going. It was a strong beginning to what I hope will be a great trilogy. Lovely.

Brilliance Audio, 2012.
ISBN: 978-1-4805-2826-0
FORMAT: Audio Book
AGES: Young Adult

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