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    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 her 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.

    ©2012 Leigh Bardugo (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Superb!

    I loved this book and the other two. The story is great, characters are really touching and you get to love them. If you like love stories mix med with drama and magic this book is for you!

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    • Tony Anderson
    • 02/03/2021

    People are dumb; this book was not

    I was afraid to read this book bc some of the reviews were so SCATHING. I’m so glad I clicked anyways. I was swept into a world that interested me; one that felt familiar and foreign at the same time. If you are someone who has struggled with the shame of hiding parts of yourself from repeated trauma and/or neglect (or just plain old fear), then this MAY be the book for you. It may have a special meaning for your heart that tends to be lost on other folks. Not everything we hide is darkness - boy did I need that reminder! I wonder if some of what irks people about this book is a general ignorance of just how hard it is to come from a difficult childhood (the main character is an impoverished orphan forced to hide her powers) and find a way of belonging without sacrificing those abused parts of you all over again.

    Over the years I have found that people will pick at anything that is hopeful, charming, cheese-y, and mythical bc they are too fraught with their entitled sense of “what art is” to love common, beautiful things. Has the love triangle been done before? Yes. Is the Darkling a sexier, younger version of Snape combined with Edward Cullen? Also yes. This book was NOT Dostoyevsky by any stretch of the imagination but who the hell cares. I’m glad it wasn’t. Frankly, I don't want to read something obtuse in the age of 2020/2021. I’m glad it was narrated by a woman who sounded a little corny at times. I thought her villainous voice was perfectly executed. People hate on the main character's whiney/codependant tenancies bc they've either a.) never been broken enough to become that dependent themselves or b.) been too proud to witness that kind of weakness in their own lives.

    FINALLY. I am Russian and I did not find this to be cultural misappropriation at all. I actually felt honored that someone would set a story in the barren terrain of my ancestors.

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    • Joe Chad
    • 07/09/2017

    Run of The Mill Debut

    Disclaimer: I read the Six of Crows Duology before the Grisha Trilogy. Also, I do not tend to read young adult fantasy very often.

    After completing the Six of Crows duology I was very intrigued by both the world and character development that Bardugo showed me in those two novels. I had heard rumors that this duology was better than her Grisha Trilogy and as far as Shadow and Bone is concerned I have to agree.

    Lets start off with the good. I enjoyed Bardugo's world building for the most part. She does a good job of creating an interesting landscape and showing us a very convoluted magic system. The word convoluted is important though, because I feel as though the boundaries of the magic system are very loose and many items are not explained in enough detail for my taste. I was often confused as to how powerful the magic that is used actually is, at one point you have a single Grisha (magic user) killing multiple people effortlessly, but then at other times common soldiers are able to overcome a Grisha and simply dodge their magical abilities. Therefore, there is definitely a magic system consistency problem, but this isn't uncommon among high fantasy novels.

    The other element that Bardugo succeeds in some degree at is her character development. She really does do a good job at showing real emotions from her characters and making their personalities individualized and believable, although they lack the same flare and interestingness as her Six of Crows characters. However, the main problem with the characters for me was Alina herself, who I generally found a little obnoxious, naive, and very resistant to change. She really did annoy me especially for the first half of the book, although she did improve as the book went on.

    The main problem I had with this novel is the plot is a little generic, and really lacks any flare or twist that really jumps out at you. In comparison with her duology the plot seems incredibly simplistic, and the rest of the book suffers for it.

    Just a quick note on the narrator, I thought she gave a decent performance, but I did feel she lacked range of voices to some degree, and she worked a little hard on her accents, which came off as a bit ridiculous at times.

    In conclusion, I put this novel down to first novel inexperience, and it was just good enough for me to buy Siege and Storm. One final thought: Ms. Bardugo is far better at writing in several points of view as opposed to singular first person.

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    • Phx17
    • 12/03/2021

    Disappointing- going to stick with Six of Crows

    If I hadn’t bought books 1&2 together, I’d have stopped here. But, I continued on, and ultimately found each book in this trilogy to improve on the book before. I would have been upset at spending 3 credits, but am satisfied with getting all three on sale. I didn’t find heart or humor until books 2&3, when better characters enter the story. I will not re-listen to this trilogy, even though I have already re-listened to the stellar Six of Crows duology set in this same world.

    Book 1 plays like every other YA series: Take an orphan/poor/scrawny kid, discover some rare power, spend half the book belaboring the training montage where everyone bullies and underestimates the kid, and then have a climax where the kid singlehandedly triumphs by one big “surprise” move. Oh, and if said kid is a girl, throw in a love triangle.

    This is even more disappointing because I loved Six of Crows. Whereas this is generic YA fantasy, Six of Crows is a sharp steampunk fantasy duology that gives a unique take on an Ocean’s 11 heist, then an Ocean’s 13 revenge con in the sequel Crooked Kingdom, and features a cast of unique and complex characters.

    Better books along similar lines:
    🥀Looking for urban fantasy with a better, Buffy-esque lead? Try the Kate Daniels series, starting with Magic Bites (later books even have some Russian mythology including Chernobog and volves.

    🥀If the Russian fantasy side was your main jam, try Uprooted or Spinning Silver (the former has a Russian narrator that takes getting used to, but the story is phenomenal, the latter has a bit slower story but a better narrator).

    🥀If the steampunk urban fantasy springs your sprocket, go with Cinder, starting a cool series twisting fairy tales and cyborgs.

    🥀For more unique medieval fantasy in a completed series, consider the Cerulean Queen series starting with A Queen in Hiding (beginning a quartet involving multiple strong women, a vibrant magic system, and world spanning epic).

    🥀Or, try my current favorite: the post-apocalypse trilogy starting with Lifelike by J Kristoff. Pulpy send up of movies like Johnny Mnemonic with way better, funnier girls who may be good or bad or just crazy... but you’ll never know for sure until the end.

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    • sam
    • 14/04/2014

    Like Twilight in 18th Century Russia

    I like to think of myself as open-minded; even when I do particularly care for a book I give it the benefit of the doubt and reason that it's just my cup of tea. Rarely do I outright hate a book.

    With that in mind, I hated, hated, hated, hated, absolutely hated Shadow and Bone! I hated everything about it! And for the life of me I cannot figure why the author is trumpeted as the next big thing, or how this book in innovative by any stretch of the imagination!

    Let's start with the characters. First Alana Starkov (technically ought to have been Starkova, but I doubt the author so much as touched a Russian to English dictionary). Good Ford, what a whiny, self-centered little...I probably shouldn't curse. I'm sorry, but she can't think one sentence, on measly little sentence without whining about her imperfections, or gushing about her beloved Mal, or generally not giving a damn about anyone but her own selfish needs. Actually, no, she was perfectly willing to toss away her talents to be with her beloved Mal. Bottom Line: Alana Starkov = Mary Sue

    Now, Mal and the Darkling. Mal is completely one demential with not personality beyond being Alana's perfect love interest. The Darkling, on the other hand, is a not to subtle Edward Cullen knockoff; all dark, brooding and boarder line abusive to Alana (and yet she loves him so).

    The rest of the characters were waaaaay more interesting than the core three; why the hell wasn't this story about them?! So, as for world building, we have Ravka, a serial numbers filed off version of 18th century Russia; boarder end by totally isn't Scandanavia, and couldn't possibly be China (who eats their wizards and make instruments of their bones). Again, the lack of research is apparent in such instances as a character getting drunk...on children's beer, and the butchering of the Russian language.

    The authors has explain all sorts of fascinating world building facts in interviews, yet seems to have forgotten to include them within the context of the novel itself. Bottom Line: World Building = thin as rice paper.

    What really irks me isn't the cultural appropriation, the horrible messages and morals, or the cardboard characters. No, what really gets me is that the author seems to posses genuine talent and ability, but squanders it with romantic plot tumors, YA cliches, and pandering to love-sick fourteen year olds; all the the detriment of the novel.

    If that were the end of it; I would still dislike, but not hate this novel. What pushes me over is how anyone could call this bold, innovative, well written, or possibly award worthy!

    Bottom Line: don't waste your time. If you want so good fantasy in a none standard setting checkout Saladin Ahmed's The Throne of the Crescent Moon, instead. You'll be glad you did.

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    • Scott
    • 17/01/2015

    Arrrgh, I can't take any more. Please make it stop

    I was duped by all the 4 star reviews. Here is, in my estimation, what someone interested in listing to this story should know.
    1. The antagonist/part time love interest (cliché anyone?) of the "heroine" is named The Darkling. Enough said.
    2. After 5 hours the author finally gets to the plot twist (a.k.a. the point of the story so far). Seriously I could have listened to the first 30-40 minutes, skipped to the 5 hour mark, and not missed anything of significance!
    3. From the publisher's summary: "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." Learned about this in the first hour of the story, and it lasted about 10 minutes. This was the best part of the 5 hours I made it through, and was mediocre at best.
    4. Also from publisher's summary "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 her 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." THIS IS THE NEXT 4.5 HOURS, or roughly 1/2 of the book!!! Her failure at training (which the author does not give any inkling as to why she is failing, she just is) is over an hour long. Later it is revealed that her block was self-imposed. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Oh, and by the way, her "super power" (spoiler alert) is creating light. Ultimately this was 5 hours of white noise, and is where I cry off. At this rate would take 10-20 books to complete the story. I am done.

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    • Whovian
    • 31/08/2018

    disappointed

    I LOVED Six of Crows and it's sequel. both were amazing. This one just pissed me off. Stupid Girl doing everything they tell her not to. I just wanted to slap her.I got bored at the half way point and almost gave up. Not sure if I will listen to the others. Six of Crows was leagues above this.

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    • HKJ
    • 18/01/2016

    😥

    I thought that this book would be better. It did have a good ending but her new book, six of crows, was much better. A waste of time and money.

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    • Hayley Jensen
    • 07/01/2021

    Twilight, but with pointless magic!

    Uggg another love triangle book. Hey let's make the lead female character completely useless and dependent on the male leads for EVERYTHING! My eyes got stuck in permeant eye roll for the last act. Will not continue with series. If you are into teenage frustration then this is the book for you!

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 03/07/2018

    So much potential wasted..

    Oh my god I hate the progression in this book. The main character is a girl with the power of light which is unique to only her but she is so painfully stupid she totally ruins this book for me.

    She is a train operative but her automatic instinct is to use her power which reveals her identity when she is supposedly trying to keep a low profile.

    So many parts of this book are molded to fit the storyline but the writer doesn't seem to have a seamless way to bring it together without making all the characters look naive, ignorant idiots.

    I pray the second book is better than this first one because the world building and intrigue that is developed in this world is really interesting

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    • Najima Rainey
    • 09/06/2015

    Mediocre

    While I liked the world of the story, I think it would have been better told from an omniscient narrator's perspective because the main protagonist isn't particularly like able.

    She makes a lot of mistakes but never seems to learn from them. She's suspicious of everyone EXCEPT the bad guys. It's like being inside the head of an acerbic, self obsessed kid, who spends the whole time complaining. An experience not worth repeating for the 2nd or 3rd book.

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    • Anonymer Hörer
    • 05/03/2021

    meh

    After seeing a trailer for a NF movie I instantly went for an audiobook. I am a huge fantasy/sci-fi fan. However being an eastern european native I got disappointed very quickly. Second chapter in and I was already weirded out by Kvass being an alcoholic drink (it is not!!). Did some research and found out that this story is loosley based on Russian and Slavic culture, so I continued on. Potentially I was too picky. Yet by chapter five my disappointment hasn't changed and not only because of poor Slavic culture depiction (considering that I come from a country which WAS occupied by USSR in the past I still think that eastern culture is amazing). My gut told me that the writer hasn't done her homework before she started this book. As much as I would love to follow the story further it is impossible. It feels like she just read some wiki articles and then the words which sounded the most "russian" she just sprinkled over the story here and there. Basically using very important cultural evidences as just instruments to make this story sound cooler. For me it felt and still feels like a real lazy writing. It is possible to take the same words, names, symbols and used them in a much more elaborate manner giving the reader the sense of discovery and amazement. Yet she failed to do that. This alone wouldn't be too big of a problem, it still would have a potential to rise to be an amazing story. Sadly in addition comes the main character's train of thought development. Poor little girl with too predictable interactions with the society and environment around her. Every thought every sentence is just too trivial. Probably just lazy writing.
    Unfortunately this won't be marked finished on my audible shelf because this book was written for consuming not learning something new. This book won't give you the feeling that you have enjoyed a unique piece of art. It will give you a hint of another netflix material, so you would stay more couch locked and less outgoing.

    This is a very subjective opinion based on my own life's background so take it with a grain of salt.

    There are people out there who will say that this is a piece of art and their opinion is as legit as mine.

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    • Valeria Milotti
    • 18/03/2019

    Maybe I'm not the target audience...

    ...but this book seems terrible to me. No characterization of the characters, obvious plot twists, a school system that for some reason has to have a tribe system like any young adult book in the last twenty years.
    Even the reader seems bored, speeding through the "emotional" parts and slowing down in the description parts, with no pathos. I am aware that reading a book aloud is not an easy job, but this is not a very well read book.
    I couldn't finish it and I can't recommend it.

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    • Anonymer Hörer
    • 16/02/2020

    A perfectly ordinary fantasy adventure

    After listening to the "Six of Crows" duology I wanted to hear more stories about the amazing grishaverse. However, since I had already heard that this book wasn't as good as the duology, I wasn't too disappointed. The main character is pretty much the typical fantasy mc and a lot of other characters also fit perfectly into this mainstream standard.

    Nonetheless, the story itself was mostly exciting and didn't bore me most of the time. What I really enjoy about Leigh Bardugo's writing is the way she can make me hate the villains so much. If you are really invested into the grishaverse after reading/listening to "Six of Crows" I would recommend listening to this, too. It gives more insight to how this world works and also some background information about certain characters that briefly show up in "Crooked Kingdom". However, be prepared for less diverse and less interesting characters.

    The speaker was quite good, only at the beginning I found that she emphasized certain sentences a little odd. Other than that, I thought she was lovely to listen to.

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    • Paul Besold
    • 13/07/2020

    lazy writing, bland characters

    first off: narration
    even though i wasn't in love with the narrator, she is a real pro. the range of voices could be higher and more distinctive, but good performance allround.
    now the book:
    i honestly just listened to this because i was extremely bored at work (manual labour). the characters have no real development, everything is happening way too quickly for any kind of atmosphere to arise. the story is predictable right to the "i save the day with my awesome powers, everybody knows i have for like 2/3rds of the book"-moment.
    conclusion: if you have something better, please recommend it to me, i m really desperate, even listening to this uninspired YA-novel.
    PS: the world has potential though.

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    • AmazonKunde
    • 27/10/2019

    I am in love.

    A beautiful book with amazing characters.
    I love the Russia-inspired setting and also, hallelujah, the person reading it didn't butcher the names.

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    • Sarah
    • 20/06/2016

    Very good

    This Audio book is excellent. However, the story didn't captivate me as much as Leigh Bardugo's other work. It'd still recommend it though and the speaker is fantastic!

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    • Alexander Röhler
    • 13/11/2016

    Simply a brilliant

    It's now one of my favorite book series so far. The story is thrilling and the world has so many details to offer that I'd wish there were even more books of this series.