Shadow and Bone is the first novel in Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Grisha trilogy. When wealthy orphan Alina offers to pay off her tyrannical uncle’s gambling debts, she knows she is taking a significant risk. The money will enable her to save her grim fisherman-father and uncover the truth about the mysterious deaths haunting their village. But first, she must leave her home behind—a place where everyone has heard stories of monstrous creatures called Witchlings. If Alina succeeds, she may uncover more than secreted gold; with it she can become something more fearsome than any person known as Grisha.
When Alina Starkov was eight, she was attacked by a magic wielder. Since then, she has been taught to control her powers, but they have never been as dangerous as the day she escaped from the man who wanted to enslave her. Now sixteen and without a memory of what happened to her parents, Alina becomes involved in a deadly game of deception and betrayal.
To save her home, Alina must journey into the heart of an empire: a towering city where dark alleys hide deadly magic and unseen forces walk the earth. But who can she trust in this world where everyone has become a possible enemy?
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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 his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina has been 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.