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 her 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.
©2012 Leigh Bardugo (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Had me for awhile and lost me at the end. I can't stay emotionally connected to characters who make choices that go against the intelligence the author has already set up for them just to serve a clever ending.
Author was amazing. Quick moving storyline. This is my first book from this author hardback or via audible. I will be looking for more from Leigh Bardigo as well as more narrated by Lauren Fortgang. Kept me well entertained, and I was sad when it ended. Author did a good job describing the world the characters lived in without getting boring. Story was between juvenile and an adult read.
The starts was great. Then, for a good portion of the middle of this book I was like, ho-hum another typical YA book with a love triangle, pettiness, and eye-roll inducing inner dialogues. But then the final chapters the characters really come alive and becoming quite haunting. Had to buy the whole series before I even finished this one.
Its sequel series Six of Crows is better, but this was still a good performance, an interesting storyline, and helpful history that gives background for Six of Crows.
I am listening to this series for the second time and this is the first book of the series. The "language" of the book envelops you, and sends you on journey to a place similar to a fictional Czech Republic or Prague. It is a tad confusing in the beginning, but my biggest suggestion is to stick with it. I promise you will not be disappointed! It is a story of triumph over evil with magical twists and turns. There is love, magic, underdogs, and whimsy. It is very similar to Avatar: The last air bender, but on a more mature level. Definitely recommend this series for teens and up.
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I would recommend this book because it was fast-paced and action-packed.
The voice of the audio book really brings the characters to life. Lauren Fortgang does an incredible job of making each character its own unique voice. It is easy to grasp their qualities and moods. She really keeps it interesting and animated.
I absolutely loved this book. It made me furious at some points but it was also able to surprise me. This book really welcomes you and shows you this whole new world. I would definitely recommend this book to teens and adults.
Loved this one! The world building is so rich in detail, the characters are meticulously fleshed out and the pacing is just what I hope for.
The narrator is excellent. I enjoyed this even more than the first time I read it!
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