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Shadow and Bone

Written by Leigh Bardugo

Part of the Shadow and Bone Series

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults

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Book 1 Collector's Edition

The first in an epic trilogy, Shadow and Bone follows Alina, as she attempts to discover who she really is and what her powers are, in the hope of rescuing Ravka from the flesh-eating monsters tearing her country apart.  Irresistible. Epic. This is glorious sweeping fantasy.

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Shadow and Bone Synopsis

Read from the beginning with this deluxe hardback collector's edition of the first novel in the worldwide-bestselling Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo! This edition features:

  • Brand-new artwork
  • Intricate foil iconography from the world of the book
  • Beautiful endpapers
  • Sprayed edges

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold-a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country's magical military elite-and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

Shadow and Bone Press Reviews

I can use one word to describe this book and that is powerful powerful because its original. Powerful because its eye catching. Powerful because it makes you feel all the emotions that are mentioned in the English dictionary, And powerful because Its made me have a whole new out look and something to look forward to in the future of YA. DARKREADERS

When I closed the covers of this book, late at night, I drifted into a vivid dream bursting with midnight blue keftas and beautiful - but blinding - white light. Leigh Bardugo is a master storyteller, who draws you into her richly-imagined world and refuses to release you... even after you've turned the last page. Shadow and Bone has occupied my thoughts - day and night - ever since I began it. FEED ME BOOKS NOW

A New York Times bestseller, it's like The Hunger Games meets Potter meets Twilight meets Lord Of The Rings meets Game Of Thrones; basically epic magical fantasy but completely for grown-ups. STYLIST

Shadow and Bone is YA fantasy exactly how I like it: deep, epic and full of action and adventure. I fell in love with the story when I was only a few chapters in, and the many twists and turns that followed kept me hooked right until the end. I'm really glad I read this book and I'm even more glad that I have the sequel sat waiting for me. I have no idea where Leigh Bardugo is going with her story, but I can't wait to find out. Read this if you're a fan of fantasy - you won't be disappointed! WONDROUS READS

Overall, I loved everything about this book, with there being some seriously unexpected plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I could hardly put this book down, and am thoroughly looking forward to reading the following books in the trilogy. My only slight complaint is that the book was too short, I wanted more to read! (5 stars) BOOK CHICK CITY

...brilliantly written and truly spellbinding. MIGMAG

This book really hooked me, I read it for hours on end just letting the magical story come to life in my mind, it was incredible and I LOVED IT!... The Gathering Dark is a very unique book which will leave you wanting more... it is one of the best books I've ever read. Read, Write and Read Some More The world building is slow, subtle and full. You get a really good idea of the court, and the way the magical society works. It's impossible to place exactly in time and location, but I still really enjoyed it. DEATH, BOOKS AND TEA

There is so much to love about this book... Leigh Bardugo knows her stuff. The pacing is superb, the climax is faultless, and the immaculate blend of fantasy, action and romance really did make this book 'unputdownable'. REALM OF FICTION

I think I often overuse the word 'unputdownable when I write reviews, but this is one book which the term definitely applies to! It is dramatic and intriguing, and every twist and turn in the fantastic plot is completely unpredictable. Shadow and Bone is intoxicating, and once you have picked it up it will be glued to your hands until the last page is turned, unless, like me you fall asleep reading it. -- HorseLover3000 GUARDIAN TEEN BOOKS

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781510108899
Publication date: 06/10/2020
Publisher: Orion Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781780622262
Publication date: 31/07/2014
Publisher: Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781510108899
Publication date: 6th October 2020
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Orion Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 336 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles and graduated from Yale University. She indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls and costuming in her other life as a makeup artist in Hollywood and can occasionally be heard singing with her band, Captain Automatic. 

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