Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
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.
I really enjoyed this novel! It was a quick fantasy read, and I loved it. I think that the Grishaverse is so intriguing–the powers, the landscape itself, and the government. Our narrorator, Alina, is a great character as well. She’s strong, brave, and completely capable of her powers. I really loved her as a main character. Also, the DARKLING. I LOVE THE DARKLING. I won’t say more because it could be considered spoilery, but I just find him so interesting and mysterious, and I think he’s a great character. I also found Mal to be an interesting character. He was a great friend to Alina. Overall, I really enjoyed this story! I loved the plot and the characters, and I will most certainly be continuing on with this series! 4/5 stars from me!