SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo | Kirkus ReviewsThank you! When the Grisha came to test inseparable friends Alina and Malyen, neither showed any aptitude for the Small Science. Years later, they are in the army, Alina in the cartographer corps and Mal a tracker. An attack by the terrifying volcra brings forth a power Alina never knew she had: She is a Sun Summoner. The charismatic, quartz-eyed Darkling takes her to the palace to learn the art of the Etherealki, and Mal is left behind. Bardugo allows the details of Grisha magic to unfold with limited exposition, using Alina's ignorance for readers' benefit.
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Elves, bows, medieval England and enchanted forests. I don't know about you, but generally when I think of fantasy — especially high fantasy — this is what I picture. And so many are just so similar.
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Some fantasy novels deal out the tropes of the genre like cards from a dog-eared deck. Others affirm the elemental power of these tropes, reminding us not only why we read fantasy, but also why we read at all. There may be nothing new under the sun, but a good story makes you just not care. Like the expert strike of a reflex hammer, it hits precisely the right spot. A war orphan, Alina Starkov is raised on charity on the estate of a minor noble in Ravka picture a fantasy Russia of samovars and horse-drawn sleighs , along with her best friend and fellow orphan, Mal. This Shadow Fold is the legacy of Grisha magic gone bad. Ravkan life is defined by darkness: that of the Fold, and that of the Darkling, the most powerful of the Grisha, a figure as feared as he is revered.