A nice little short story folk tale set in the world of Ravka which I consumed in one sitting. I love the writing it just draws me in and captivates m...moreA nice little short story folk tale set in the world of Ravka which I consumed in one sitting. I love the writing it just draws me in and captivates me from the start. The Witch of Duva is a added bonus short story to Shadow and Bone which judging by the 0.5 I would guess should be read before Shadow and Bone but I read it in the wrong order as usual and anyway the Witch of Duva doesn't add anything to Shadow and Bone. Still it was a really nice folk tale and I hope Leigh Bardugo writes more because I will most definitely read them if she does. Please, please write more Ms Bardugo, a thousand thank you's (less)
Two things are definitely clear upon finishing this book, the first that I definitely read this book way too fast and the second that I bloody loved i...moreTwo things are definitely clear upon finishing this book, the first that I definitely read this book way too fast and the second that I bloody loved it.
My first second five starred rating definitely goes to Shadow and Bone just for being so original, captivating and just so awesome. I was grabbed from the very first page as those two little orphans were introduced up until the very last page. It helped that the setting was just so magical and the characters so loveable even bad characters. I never once got bored of where the story was going and it didn't drag or go at a slow pace. Leigh Bardugo couldn't even bore me with the world building because it was done in such a clever way that it didn't overshadow the book. The Ravka language on the other hand I found a bit hard to pronounce in my head but actually after paying a visit to the authors website and her speak Ravkan page I found it easier to pronounce stuff that I had before. I think for anyone who may find the language as complex at pronouncing it as I did should pay a visit to the authors website, it does definitely help.
What I loved:
I loved scrawny orphan Alina, her concern with not fitting in anywhere is something that I can understand and thought about myself many times in the past. Genya was also a great character although for most of the book I pronounced her name GEN-YHA but discovered it was actually pronounced as JEN-YHA. I loved her power, man I wish I could do that to myself. I liked Mal but don't love him as he wasn't in the book enough for me form an opinion on him, the same goes for the Darkling.
I loved the magical Grisha and their abilities although I crave more information about them and about the whole situation really which is why reading book two ASAP is a must for me.
I loved the world building which isn't something I say that much as sometimes world building can be a right bore to read but that actually never happened for me while reading this book.
What I didn't love
Ok so the language I have touched upon before in this review so I don't really need to say it again other than yes the language irritated me just a little bit but most of my irritation is at myself due to my dyslexia I found it hard to pronounce some of the words and some of them I skimmed over altogether. It's still easy to know what is going on even with the language at some points within the book so it's not like I didn't understand what was happening or anything.
There wasn't really much I didn't like actually other than the language and maybe the lack of information about the Grisha. There must be notebooks of detailed information about this magical world and the Grisha in a draw somewhere in Ms Bardugo's house which had to be shortened and shrunk into the final edit of the book and some probably never made it in but maybe more will be revealed in book two. So I will most definitely be reading on straight away as I don't want to forget about anything I have just read.
All you YA fantasy fans check this book out, it's definitely worth a read and then some!