" You and I are going to change the world. " #shadowandbone
I don't know what I expected from this book. Pure love? Indifference? Something in between? I feel like I hit all the marks.
I can appreciate this book for a villain I'm genuinely interested to know more about. The Darkling truly feels like such a complex character, and I'm really excited to learn more about him.
Alina? I could've done without her. She just fell flat in my opinion. The Sun Summoner. She is supposed to be this great saviour of Ravka, but she doesn't really own up to it. Maybe it's Bardugo's plain, YA writing that doesn't do her justice, or maybe I just don't like her.
Speaking of the writing, it was nothing extraordinary. It was good, it was okay. It wasn't beautiful or lyrical like some of the other fantasies I tend to lean to. I really hope this changes throughout this series, and the Six of Crows duology (which is the main reason I even picked up Shadow and Bone). This isn't to say I didn't enjoy the book. I really liked the idea of the Grisha and these amplifiers. And as I mentioned before, the Darkling. I wish we could've had more of the life at court. Everything happened so fast, I'm amazed this wasn't two books. It easily could've been, and more details could've been added. It probably would've added more suspense, and I would've enjoyed the first installment more than I do.
Generally this was just kind of underwhelming and ‘meh’. It wasn’t really good, and it wasn’t really bad, it was just somewhere in between.