Title: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: 2014 (2012)
Source: Borrowed from Library
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a man of seductive charm and terrifying power. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him?
I've had Leigh Bardugo's Grisha series on my radar for a while, but I am only now getting around to reading them. Shadow and Bone was a story that engaged my interest right from the start and held it throughout. I loved the premise and the world in which the action took place, and Alina was a delightful heroine. However, it was the Darkling who truly captivated me. I adored him, both as a character and as a new addition to my 'book boyfriend' list. This tale is well placed, with a good balance between action and world building/character development. I am taking it back to the library today and hope to be able to pick up book two while I am there, so I can keep on reading! 4.5 stars that will round up to a five, rather than down to a four.