Review of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Read: 31st July 2018 – 4th August 2018

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Spoilers in review: No

I love Six of Crows, and I want to be able to read King of Scars when it comes out without getting confused. These are the reasons why I’ve now decided to read this series.

I liked this book. It was a solid start to the trilogy, and I’m interested to see where it goes next. I really liked seeing the world that Leigh Bardugo has created.

However, having read Six of Crows already, I know that Bardugo is capable of so much more than this. The characters here weren’t anywhere near as compelling as the ones in Six of Crows, and the first person narration just wasn’t as interesting. The prologue and epilogue were written in third person, and were by far the most engaging chapters in the whole book. I’m glad that the switch to third person became permanent for later books in this world.

There are very few love triangles that don’t annoy me. This isn’t one of them. I’m annoyed. But I knew that it was going to happen, so it wasn’t a horrible surprise or anything. I just really wish that it wasn’t there.

This book wasn’t bad, by any means. It just felt kinda generic, even despite the rich world. But, as a stepping stone to the rest of the Grishaverse being able to exist, it’s a perfectly acceptable first book.

Review originally written in 2018

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