Shadow and Bone

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Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: June 5th 2012
Genre: Young adult fiction, Fantasy Fiction
Language: English
Book File Type: PDF
Adaptation: Yes – Shadow and Bone
Series Release Date: 23rd April 2021 (series) Netflix

On April 23rd, 2021, Netflix released a TV series that took the fantasy novel fandom by storm. The Eric Heisserer developed project Shadow and Bone has become an out-the-gate hit. The Shadow and Bone TV series depicts a world where an orphan mapmaker named Alina Starkov must battle against an evil alliance for her survival. Bloodshed, war, and mystery plague the world but, young Alina releases a tremendous power that may be powerful enough to end the chaos. Performances from actors such as; Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev and, Ben Barnes as General Kirigan help immerse audiences into a dark world packed with beautiful villains. The novels Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows, both written by Leigh Bardugo and are the DNA of the tv series.

Shadow and Bone Plot

The novel begins in the Kingdom of Ravka, at Duke Keramsov’s home, where two children named Alina Starkov and Malyen Oretsev have just arrived. While staying at the Duke’s manor, the children learn basic survival skills such as reading and writing and have their first encounter with the Grisha. The Grisha are humans who can manipulate matter. The Grisha traditionally have three classes Corporalki, Etherealki, and Materialki. The Corporalki abilities focus on the human body. The Etherealki abilities on natural elements and last, but not least, the Materialki their abilities revolve around materials such as metals and chemicals.

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As the story progresses, Alina and Malyen leave the orphanage and join the ranks of the Poliznaya army. The reader joins Alina and the other military personnel during a return trip to Poliznaya. However, for the group to return home, they must first cross the dangerous area known as the Unsea. The Unsea is an almost impassable swath of darkness over a forsaken land that divides the Kingdom of Ravka and blocks easy access to the ocean. But that is not all, Volcra, a race of winged flesh-eating predators inhabit the Unsea. Why would anyone traverse this area? Unfortunately, the Unsea is necessary for transport goods and supplies between the Kingdom and the sea. Thankfully for the anxious Alina, the King commanded Grisha with pyro abilities and Heartrenders to accompany their troops on the journey. Alina speaks to Malyen about her nervousness, and amid the conversation, the Darkling passes by in a carriage. The Darkling is a powerful etherealki that manipulates shadows or darkness itself. The Darkling also holds the position of 2nd in command in the Kingdom.

The following morning when the troop board Sandskiffs across the Unsea, the peaceful journey is interrupted by the ominous sound of wingbeats. A giant flock of aggressive Volcra siege the entire army. Alina is almost kidnapped by one of the Volcra when Malyen intervenes. The two then cooperate to kill one of the monsters. However, in the battle, Malyen is seriously injured, and Alina becomes terrified that they both might die there. At that moment, Alina closes her eyes, and unknown to her a brilliant light appears, scaring off the flock of Volcra. Alina, the humble mapmaker Grisha powers had indeed awakened in the nick of time.

The blast of light that she was oblivious to casting exhausts her body and causes her to fall. She hits her head and loses consciousness to later awake to a gun pointed directly at her. The regiment is now terrified of Alina. Soldiers take Alina to the Grisha pavilion, where she meets the Darkling. The Darkling reveals that Alina is an etherealki like himself who can summon sunlight itself.

It becomes clear how potentially powerful Alina’s Grisha powers can be. With development, she could even single-handedly destroy the Unsea. Alina’s powers could save the Ravka Kingdom but, this also makes her a target for Ravka’s enemies. The Shu Han, a nation of the Shu people known for their scientific breakthroughs at the expense of their Grisha. Also, the Fjerda, a kingdom of people north of Ravka. Fjerdans perceive the Grisha as a threat and train hunters to kill them.

Alina joins the ranks of the Grisha warriors. It is an awkward transition for her at first, but she soon makes friends. Alina and The Darkling soon develop a romantic relationship. Later the Darkling informs Alina that his ancestor Black Heretic created the Unsea.

When Alina is brought before the King and his court to showcase her power, Baghra, her tutor, and the Darkling’s mother warn Alina to escape at once. Baghra declares that The Darkling only intends to use her as an instrument for his plan for world domination. Baghra also reveals to Alina that the Darkling created the Unsea. But who should Alina believe?

Quotes:

“People, particularly big men carrying big rifles, don’t expect lip from a scrawny thing like me. They always look a bit dazed when they get it.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

“Do you blame me for every mistake I made? For every girl I tumbled? For every dumb thing I’ve said? Because if we start running tallies on stupid, you know who’s going to come out ahead.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

“The moment our lips met, I knew with pure and piercing certainty that I would have waited for him forever.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

“And there’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

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