Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Year Published: 2012
Synopsis: 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.
Why?: The fantasy aspect of this book attracts me. I have also seen soem good reviews on it. It also has a cover that brings you in. I peaked into the book and the map at the front is also very intresting. The demonlike drawing are kind of creepy.
Expectations: I expect this to be a fantasy story with an empowered female lead who has magical abilities. I'm expecting a very interesting world as well.
Judging a book by its cover: I really like this cover. There is smoke and what may be antlers or tree branches. The colors are contrasting and the castle tops at the bottom of the cover interest me.