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Shadow and Bone

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Series: Grisha, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4,189 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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So much potential wasted..

Oh my god I hate the progression in this book. The main character is a girl with the power of light which is unique to only her but she is so painfully stupid she totally ruins this book for me.

She is a train operative but her automatic instinct is to use her power which reveals her identity when she is supposedly trying to keep a low profile.

So many parts of this book are molded to fit the storyline but the writer doesn't seem to have a seamless way to bring it together without making all the characters look naive, ignorant idiots.

I pray the second book is better than this first one because the world building and intrigue that is developed in this world is really interesting

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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disappointed

I LOVED Six of Crows and it's sequel. both were amazing. This one just pissed me off. Stupid Girl doing everything they tell her not to. I just wanted to slap her.I got bored at the half way point and almost gave up. Not sure if I will listen to the others. Six of Crows was leagues above this.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Fell flat...

Just wanted more from the story, world, characters, everything, it just could have been MORE

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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eh

boring. slow. narrator did alright. i couldnt stay focused on the book while listening to it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Unrealized promise

It started out intriguing, but ending towards the end...I was just skipping to get by the over indulgent prose.

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ugh

I don't think I've ever been so disappointed in a book. I was so excited when I started reading it, and the story just got worst and more predictable. There's a lot of books that I've predicted but the outcome still make it fun, but not like this one. Plain characters and I think the villain was the only one I kind of like, but at some point they were a disaster too. Idk what made me finish this book but it wasn't cause it was good. so disappointed. Dont know if I'll read the rest.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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😥

I thought that this book would be better. It did have a good ending but her new book, six of crows, was much better. A waste of time and money.

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Mediocre

While I liked the world of the story, I think it would have been better told from an omniscient narrator's perspective because the main protagonist isn't particularly like able.

She makes a lot of mistakes but never seems to learn from them. She's suspicious of everyone EXCEPT the bad guys. It's like being inside the head of an acerbic, self obsessed kid, who spends the whole time complaining. An experience not worth repeating for the 2nd or 3rd book.

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Started off really good.

Started off great. Kind of a different story.
Lost me at the end. Things happened that didn't make sense. Was kind of frustrating because the build up was pretty good.
Then end seemed rushed and not a lot of thought put into it. Kind of how all the new star wars movies are.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good performance, trite story

I lost interest in the story about halfway through, but the book is decently written and the performance was enough to keep me going until the end. The story was predictable. The characters are not believable. Finally, if you don't go in for romance novels, the villain character soon becomes tiresome. He is yet another 50SOG forbidding but compelling type with penetrating slate gray eyes – and therefore completely uninteresting.

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  • Annette
  • 07-08-13

Interesting YA Fantasy Debut

I picked up this book for its fantasy elements – Shadow and Bone introduces us to a divided country called Ravka, besieged by the myth and magic. Leigh Bardugo’s vision for Ravka felt wonderfully cohesive – with Russian sounding place names and slang, and good explanations were offered for the Shadow Fold and other anomalies.

Alina’s ‘narration’ was full of personality and wit, and terms like “miserable oaf” leap off the page. I liked Alina although at times she lacked confidence. Mal’s character was initially presented as a womaniser and it wasn’t until the last third of the novel that I started to warm up to him.

The storyline throws you a few curveballs, which was a great surprise. These stopped the story from coming across as too sedate (despite it’s slow, plodding pace) and leant depth to the novel. I enjoyed the hints of romance and the scattering of action sequences, but it was the lack of certainty which really kept me on my toes.

I am interested to see where the sequel will take us. My ‘stab-in-the-dark’ prediction: Siege and Storm will somehow feature the King’s second son who was off training in the army during the events of Shadow and Bone…

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Emma (Star Crossed Reviews)
  • 12-28-18

great start to the series

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this via Netgalley but I actually read (listened) to this on audible. I sign up to a lot of blog tours and I end up pausing some books half way through so I can meet blog tour deadlines (totally going to be more organised next year) but I have found I can listen to books while I do other things like getting ready for work, driving, washing up etc so I actually listened to this one instead of reading the netgalley copy.

I was actually going to listen to Six of Crows as it had a full cast but I found out that the two series were related and this book was chronologically first. A lot of people said it was fine to listen to Six of Crows first but I'm a bit of stickler for that sort of thing so I went for this book (and the rest of the trilogy first) I am actually glad I did it that way round because there's a lot of world building that is in Shadow and Bone which I think you are expected to know when you read Six of Crows.

I found Alina a realistic character for one in such a made-up world. She is your average girl. There's nothing special about her. She is in love with her best friend who doesn't realise it and carries out her day to day chores and roles. I know a lot of people don't like Alina but I found her character intriguing because she was such an average girl before she discovers that she's actually grisha.

Once Alina's true identity is discovered she meets The Darkling. Essentially the leader of the grisha. I had a love-hate relationship with The Darkling. There is something so appealing about him that you want to like him but you just know you shouldn't. He's also a great character to quote.

Leigh did an amazing job with the world building in this book. I believe it is inspired by Russian history. I am not big on history but Leigh did such a good job of pulling me into the world that it really didn't matter. Everything you need to know Leigh will tell you. Piece by piece.

This was a great start to the series that will have you gasping in shock, sitting on the edge of your seat in suspense and screaming in anger. As soon as I finished this one I had to start Siege and Storm because I knew I had to be back with these characters again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-19

Not bad

A good beginning and a promising setting, but the characters are a bit feeble and something was lacking.
I thought this book might be a complete disaster on the first half but I still managed to come through to the end and my impression has improved a bit. If you're looking for some light romance, then this might be to your taste.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-18

Good story but performance was missing something.

I enjoyed the story...I think. I felt that the reading was lacking. I think a story that has such action needed a more dramatic reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rae Seak
  • 07-25-18

Great narrative and voice.

Really enjoy the story. Was hoping that each character to portray in a suitable voice or sound.

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  • Sam Lucas
  • 05-18-18

Pretty good but narration was weird

Very interesting world and captivating plot but at times was predictable. The Narration was weird sometimes couldn't tell when the protagonist was speaking or thinking as the narrator used the same voice. Sometimes had strange moments where they sounded like a different recording partway through narration like it's been edited. Also found it strange that a lot of the characters from the same country spoke with American accents (often the main characters) but some of the people then spoke with Eastern European accents and a lot of the words sounded Eastern European. The narrator should have gone all the way with the accents or not at all.

Don't get me wrong I would read this again but I wouldn't listen to it again. I would still recommend it.

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  • paula
  • 02-26-17

5 stars, so many twists,did not see coming!!

MUST READ. Took me a while to get into it and get used to the language etc as many of the words sound Russian etc but after maybe 3/4 chapters I was throughly caught in the story hook line and sinker. one of the BEST YA books I've come across in a while I bet this little universe will become a favourite 5*!!

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  • Alaina Carroll
  • 01-18-16

Shadow And Bone

I absolutely loved this story. Narrator was fantastic. Can't wait to listen to book 2

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  • samantha
  • 12-05-15

Easy going.

So I did finish this book but I wasn't overly impressed. It's seem to have the potential to be an epic story but didn't follow-through. It didn't go into enough detail about the back story of the characters and I didn't feel like I cared about them either. There are other books in the series but after finishing the first one I don't think I'll be downloading them. If you want to easy-going book to listen to them it's perfect but other than that I wouldn't recommend it.

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  • Ali
  • 03-02-16

shadow and bone

awful. I couldn't wait for it to finish, I love reading and listening to books but this one was dreadful, story was bad and the reading was soul destroying I hope I don't go through that again!!!!!!

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  • manga_me_over
  • 06-03-17

fantastic fantasy

this is a great way to start a fantasy trilogy. Soo good, I really liked the way the story had good character development, enough to keep you engaged with both the characters and the plot.

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  • Anneli
  • 02-18-16

Ready for the next book!

Audio was very weak, constantly had to have it up at high volume. Overall really well written, found myself following every step eagerly. Already have downloaded the next book in the series :)

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  • IMEE B
  • 06-07-19

***Sun Summoner***

It's an amazing book about a girl who has the power to summon the sun and a man of darkness that wants to control her and use her for his nefarious purposes. Amazing world building and dialogue and the magic. Five star if I can give 8 I would lol thanks to the narrator Lauren Fortgang one of my favourite.

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  • Freedom
  • 04-16-19

I love this

Amazing storyline, definitely reading more.
New fan.
The details described is incredible, it takes you another world.
Would recommend

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  • Trish
  • 02-14-19

Awesome!

I bought this because I'd just finished the King of Scars and enjoyed it so much I wanted to start the series from the start. The author's writing is just amazing, and her themes have me thinking long after I press the pause button, but I was really disappointed with this book *at first*.

At the start came across like a teenage romance only it made too much sense for the most part. But after the King of Scars, I was pretty disappointed, because it's just not the kind of thing I'm interested in. I liked the fantasy, the world of magic the author has built is really intriguing and thought. I am just not up for the shallow 50 shades of romance thing. At one stage I groaned when a (spoiler I won't give away here) happened and I said that's it, I'm returning it. But everything else about the book was spot on (so don't let my personal opinion about teenage romance hold you back from buying this!) so I decided to give it a few more chapters.

I'm SO glad I did! The entire book jumped on it's head, what I thought was happening, actually hadn't been happening, betrayal, fighting and magic and swords and rifles! The pace ramped up so much I found I was often holding my breath. I seriously could not put it down, and the build up I'd rolled my eyes and groaned at, turned out to be like the slow haul at the beginning of a roller coaster, which really, was exactly what this book was like! Oh, and what a beautiful portrayal of real love as opposed to what passes for romance these days. What a ride.

Yes, read this book, I say, wholeheartedly. I really enjoyed it and by the end, I finally got used to the way the narrator read the story. It took two books for this to happen though. There were just a few ways she intoned things that kind of pulled me out of the story, and/or which I thought didn't suit the character but for the most part she is really, really good to listen to. So yeah! Two thumbs up! I'm stoked to see there is more for me to read in this series! I'm off to get the next book!

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  • Julia emms
  • 12-04-18

eh...

the book is fine but the narrator makes every single character sound like a stuck up snob, makes it REALLY hard to get attached to any characters

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  • Paperback Princess
  • 11-11-18

Amazing & Unique Fantasy YA

This is an amazing story that grips you from the beginning, right to the end. I HAD to get its sequel ASAP!

Narrator did a great job with doing distinctive voices. I rarely enjoy one narrator audiobook, but this narrator did the different characters well, that it felt like a full cast.

First Bardugo book I've read and if this sets a tone for all her books, I'm definitely a fan!

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  • xelfi
  • 06-08-18

10 STARS! 5 Doesnt do it justice

I listened to this book for 9 hours Straight and jumped into the next book Straight away. I got pissed that I had to charge my Iphone during this time because it forced me to have a break. I DO NOT NEED A BREAK. I need this. I love that this book is so well written that I felt like I was there, I felt like I was the hero, I felt the pain and the angst and I love it! Please read this book and get on the train!

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  • Alice
  • 06-02-18

Really great series!

I really enjoyed everything about this audiobook and series, the read really well and I couldn't stop myself from listening to it

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  • Ayla
  • 12-27-17

Folklore Magic

Recommend for lovers of Naomi Novik's Uprooted or Bird & the Sword by Amy Harmond