Square Fish 5/7/2013. New paperback. 2014-15 SC Junior Book Award nominee. Store pick, recommended by Melissa O.: Alina is an orphan, and her best friend Mal is the only home she's ever known. When Alina shows a power she never knew she had, she's immediately taken to train with the Grisha, a team of seeming magicians whose leader, the Darkling, sees Alina as their kingdom's only hope against the Shadow Fold, a darkness that has ripped a hole in their land. As Alina's powers are tested, she learns that things at court aren't as they appear, and power in the wrong hands could be devastating. This book made me laugh and cry and hold my breath waiting for the worst and hoping for the best. YA fantasy at its best, and I LOVED it. -Melissa O, store employee
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 is 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.
"Shadow and Bone "is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.