Narrator: Lauren Fortang
Series: The Grisha,
Published by Brilliance Audio on 30 November 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery & Detective, Young Adult
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes
Also by this author: Summer Days and Summer Nights, Six of Crows
Place(s) Traveled to: Os Alta, Ravka // Kribirsk, Ravka // Novokribirsk, Ravka // Petrazoi, Ravka // Ryevost, Ravka
First Line(s): The Servants called them malenchki, little ghosts because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.
Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo is one of those book with which I’m having a hard time finding the words that best reflect my thoughts. Shadow & Bone is one that I thought that I would like more than I did and its one that took me forever to get into. I finally made the switch from print to audio and was able to move past the opener and it all was sort of middle of the road from there.
Halfway through the book I wrote this note on Goodreads:
Plot = Non-existant
Alina = Boy crazy
Jenya = a minda reader as she’s always answering thoughts in Alina’s head
Mal = absent
the Darkling = boring and cliche
I think that the only thing that kept me listening to this story until the end was the narrator, Lauren Fortang. Who somehow managed to make the story a tad more interesting than it was. There were also lots of Russian-eske names that she pronounced far better than I ever could in my mind. I liked Fortang’s style and the various voices she used for all the characters. Even if there were times when she mixed up tone and intonation of one character with another. Overall, though she is definitely a narrator that I won’t mind listening to again.
Just not for this series.
There was no plot and nothing happened until the last part of the book where Mal shows up and randomly declares his love, Alina finally gets a clue and the Darkling makes long speeches and never once shows the fearful nature that he is supposed to embody. He was just such a cliche of every bad guy out there and not even the best parts of them.
Shadow & Bone was a book that tells more than it shows. There is no discover or things for the reader to figure out as everything is presented. The dialogue scenes tend to be a bit ridiculous and over the top as well. All the Russian elements also felt a bit forced and fake and even made me cringe a time or two. The concept of Shadow & Bone was interesting but for me it never lived up. For me, Shadow & Bone is an average read and not one that I’d rush to recommend to those looking for a fantasy story. As of this posting I am unsure on if I will continue on in this series as there is just so much else out there to read. Have you read Siege & Storm do things improve dramatically? If so, then let me know and maybe…just maybe I’ll give it a shot.