Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone

By Leigh Bardugo

  • Release Date: 2012-06-05
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 1,583 Ratings


See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with Shadow and Bone, now a Netflix original series.

Enter the Grishaverse with Book One of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

. 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.

A New York Times Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
An Indie Next List Book
This title has Common Core connections.

Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The King of Scars Duology
King of Scars

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic

Praise for the Grishaverse

“A master of fantasy.” —The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” —The Guardian
“This is what fantasy is for.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” —NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” —USA Today
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” —Vanity Fair
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” —Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” —Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series


  • Great book!

    By Kiki088
    I love the story and the characters
  • Amazing

    By Azariamullen
    Such a great read! Definitely recommend and I couldn’t put it down!
  • Great read

    By Alkoholyc
    You won’t be able to put it down!
  • Pudo ser mejor

    By Joelhr18
    Toda la trama daba para más, lamentablemente la escritora se enfocó más en las relaciones de los personajes descuidando a La Sombra y Darkling… y me refiero a los tres libros… En Seis de Cuervos mejora mucho (al menos lo poco que llevo leyendo, solo espero que no lo arruine como en la trilogía).
  • Pool sample

    By mbsamson
    Bebe goats eat rams but i eat foffles
  • Love it soo much

    By Dragonfish1829
    It’s an amazing series when I read the sample for this book I was really confused but I bought it anyway and I’m glad I did it’s an amazing book I would totally recommend it to anyone.
  • Loved it!!

    By PaytonSchu
    The beginning was a bit slow but once you got into it, the plot started getting better and better! Cant wait to read the next book!
  • disappointed.

    By gloomymilkboi
    This book had so much potential, and i thought i'd like it at some point but i was unfortunately proven wrong. I feel like the character relationships could have been better formed, they felt so rushed, forced, and kind of thrown together. The story would slow down to tell us what was going on internally with Alina, but then as soon as she was interacting with someone else, things felt like they were moving WAY too fast (with the exception of a few scenes and her relationship with Genya). I usually like when books start to pick up speed, but this book just wasn't it for me. There was nothing really special about it, and it really didn't do anything for me. The plot was ok, but at the same time i feel like it was more a character driven book. Character driven books should have CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT & this one barely had any, the only thing that changed about Alina was her appearance. Her appearance changed for a significant reason, but i feel like internally, she would feel a certain way and then make impossible break throughs without developing much. I hope I like the 2nd book better, but i heard this book was the best in this specific trilogy....yikes.
  • I have a short attention span

    By gkabob
    I can see why Netflix is making a series. I have a really short attention span and no patience for underdeveloped characters or plot holes. So I usually end up putting down a book in a few hours of reading but not this one. Honestly the writing was really good. I had read the six of crows duo and really liked it. So I gave this a chance. Can I just say that a lot of the main female characters I read are not that developed but Alina was very developed. Her character was even likable. I love how her childhood was incorporated. And that chapter at the end when she saves her mans *chefs kiss* I was hoping that would happen. Very satisfying. Anyway, I’m about to go read the next one. We’ll see if I like all the twists :)) -G
  • Shadow and Bone

    By Jasmin Nadia Rose
    A solid 4 read. I love Leigh Bardugo as person and as writer. Having read six of crows before this book I was little taken a back by the writing style you can definitely see a vast difference between shadow and bone and six of crows with her growth in a good writing. I loved the world but the main character had me wanting screaming at the page this is pretty generic plot with generic tropes but enjoyable all the same. Definitely a good read to get you out of a reading slump and great for beginner Fantasy readers!