A Darker Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

By Leigh Bardugo

A 4-⭐️ Book Review

I fully recognize that this is probably an unpopular opinion, but here it is: I liked Shadow and Bone, but I didn’t love it.

Let me say this, I know that the Grishaverse fandom is strong, and I get it. I understand how people could ship Alina and Mal. I see the appeal of the Grisha. I definitely appreciate the world-building in this book.

But it just felt a bit flat to me. I wanted more of Baghra and Genya. I wanted more of the Darkling. And I definitely wanted more steam from Alina and Mal.

This book is good, but it wasn’t a 5-star read for me. It’s a “very happy to have read” because I’m glad I know the story now, but it’s not at the top of my list. Maybe that’s because I read it so slowly and have been in a heavy mindset for the past few weeks.

Have you read Shadow and Bone or another Grishaverse book? I have several recommendations that I should read the Six of Crows duology. What do you think?

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