Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The Gathering Dark (Shadow and Bone in the US) By Leigh Bardugo

This is the US cover for Shadow and Bone, which is known as The Gathering Dark in the UK. The Gathering Dark is Book 1 of the Grisha Trilogy. It will be released in June 2012.
Description: Sweeping, glorious fantasy romance about an orphan who must save her kingdom from the seductive and terrifying Darkling. The most compelling romance since Twilight.

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance

Review:

I won an ARC of this book from Indigo Fierce Fiction. 

The Gathering Dark is a truly enchanting debut novel which is full of suspense and action. It introduces us to the world of Grisha. It was well fleshed out and I literally fell into the world and wanted to know so much more about it. It was very magical. I loved how unique the world was and how easily it was to understand despite how complex it is underneath the surface. I just loved it all, the different Grisha’s, The Darkling and of course the Sun Summoner.
           
This book was a real page turner I did not want to put it down, but of course I had to. This book really hooked me, I read it for hours on end just letting the magical story come to life in my mind, it was incredible and I LOVED IT! I literally got lost in this book; the whole world around me disappeared when I read this. Not many books have this effect on me so it was quite a shock. This book was a real surprise, it was so much better than I expected and it is easily one of the best books I’ve read.

I loved the characters, they were all well-built and complex, even the minor characters. They all seemed so real. Alina especially, I loved her character and how she knew she was different but was afraid to admit it. I loved how she grew throughout the book. All of her emotions were conveyed incredibly, and they all pulled at my heartstrings, when Alina felt pain, I felt it too. I loved Mal too, I always felt attached to him and when Alina left him behind, I felt so much sorrow for him. The Darkling is the mysterious handsome man that rules the Grisha and he truly is a mystery to us all, no matter how close Alina got she was only scraping the surface of his personality.

Leigh Bardugo has done an incredible job of creating a fantastic world and some very memorable characters that will stick with me for a long time. The Gathering Dark, also known as Shadow and Bone in the USA, is a very unique book which will leave you wanting more. Like I said in this post it is one of the best books I’ve ever read and I can’t wait for book 2. I’ll definitely be buying a finished copy when it’s released in June 2012.

5/5 Stars!!!

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