What is the series about?
Shadow and Bone are set in a world of darkness and magic, where sinister forces plot against a young soldier after she reveals a magical power that may unite her world. Alina Starkov is drafted into the army when she discovers that her dormant magical ability might be the key to saving her kingdom from destruction. Thrust into the dangerous world of the First Army, Alina must master her power—or be destroyed.
Who is in the cast?
Alina Starkov – Alina is the main character and protagonist of Shadow & Bone. A skilled soldier by training, she discovers a power in herself that makes her invaluable to the army. She’s stubborn but loyal and has more depth than initially expected due to revelations about her past. Distance “Stasia” Ladrian – One of Alina’s best friends, and a fellow soldier in the First Army. She is described as kind but protective (even overbearing) towards her friend Alina, with who she grew up.
Kazimir “Dima” Starkov – The older brother of Alina Starkov and heir to the throne; he has been missing for years. Alina is determined to find him and bring him home, though she has little information about him . Mal – A Darkling (one of the magical beings that inhabit the world of Shadow & Bone) who takes a particular interest in Alina soon after her arrival at the royal court. He’s enigmatic and dangerous, but also kind and caring towards Alina. Daniel Grimm – One of the soldiers in the First Army who is a close friend to Alina Starkov. He was one of her best friends during their time at St Nikolai’s. Even after years, he still remains one of her closest companions as she returns to Ravka from living with Grisha Ye ager.
What is the climax of the series?
The climax of the book is when Alina and Mal must go on a mission to destroy The Fold. Alina is finally able to tap into her full power and they are successful in destroying the barrier. However, Alina is killed in the process.
Most memorable scene?
One of the most memorable scenes was when Alina returns home for her brother’s funeral after being gone for years. She finds out that there are many things she doesn’t know about her life like Luka wasn’t really her brother. It was a powerful scene that showed how much she had changed.
Who is my Favourite character?
My favourite character is Mal. He’s always been so devoted to Alina and he’s always trying to protect her, even if it means putting himself in danger. I admire his loyalty and determination.
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— Shadow And Bone (@shadowandbone_) April 16, 2021
What did you think of the ending?
I wasn’t a fan of the ending. It felt rushed and anticlimactic. I would have liked to see more development between Alina and Mal. Plus, I was really hoping for some sort of epic showdown between them and the Darkling, but that never happened. Anyways, I’m still planning on reading the second book.
What did you expect to happen in this book?
I expected to see more development between Alina and Mal. They’re my favourite characters and they should have been given more attention throughout the story. Instead, it felt like everything was based around Luka’s character development which was disappointing.
What ratings did it receive?
It received an average of four stars on Amazon. However, I believe that it could have been better if more focus was given to the development between Alina and Mal.
Would you recommend it?
If you’re looking for a quick, easy read then yes, I would recommend this book. However, if you’re looking for something with a bit more substance then I suggest you look elsewhere.
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