Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Alina and her best friend Mal grew up together in an orphanage.  Now they are part of the military charged with a mission to cross the Fold, a dark area filled with human-eating creatures.  When their convoy is attacked and Mal is threatened, Alina exhibits a power she never knew she had and is hailed as the Sun Summoner.  She is whisked away to begin training with the Grisha, an elite force of people with many different magical powers.  Alina begins receiving special attention from the Darkling who is in charge of the Grisha and who usually has no time for anyone else.  He tells Alina that she is destined to defeat the Fold and reunited the two parts of the land separated by it, especially once she has an amplifier for her power.  Alina is happy with her change of fortune but she misses Mal who seems to have forgotten about her since he never responds to any of her many letters to him.  It is difficult to summarize more of the book without revealing too much about the plot twists contained in it but it is a great high fantasy title.  There is deception and magic and characters doing things you wouldn't expect from them.  Although it contains all the elements of fantasy, the premise and working are unique and draw you into a new world.