Shadow and Bone
(The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
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I did not listen to a 9 hrs and 21 min audiobook in one night! Nope, I listened to 7 hrs and 36 min, went to bed at 1:20 am and then finished the remaining 1 hr and 45 min the next morning at work. (I don’t have a problem!)
When I first started reading this I didn’t realize it was set in Russia, and I am glad I didn’t know that beforehand because I probably wouldn’t have read it otherwise. (I don’t have anything against Russia but I wasn’t really interested in Russian stories) I’m not exactly sure why I bought this on Audible in the first place? It was most likely because I liked the cover and knew it was a popular book? I started reading this book completely blind as to the plot. All I knew it was Fantasy. And I ended up really liking it!
I loved the world of the GrishaVerse. The magic system was simple yet strong and unique. Tho they sometimes used Russian words and I kept getting them confused with each other. (which might not have happened if I was reading a physical copy instead of listening to it?) But it was still a strong story with a cool setting.
The plot was kind of an epic-type fantasy. I was expecting it to be a lot faster paced, like most hyped fantasy books lately. I kind of got the feeling not a lot happened throughout the book, yet I found it interesting and I never felt bored. The writing was awesome and the story was good. I wouldn’t call it slow, but if you are looking for a fast paced fantasy, then maybe this one isn’t for you.
Overall, I really liked this book and I am looking forward to reading the remaining two books in the series!