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Recommend A… Book by A Debut Author

August 20, 2012

Recommend A… is a weekly meme hosted by Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit.

The Recommend A… topic this week is books by a debut author. I  haven’t read that many books by debut authors recently. In fact, the only book that springs to mind is Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Shadow and Bone, the first book in the Grisha Trilogy is  a Young Adult Fantasy novel. I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone, I thought the world and the story were both fresh and interesting. It’s nice to read a fantasy set in a pseudo-Russian setting. One caveat is that I thought the first two thirds of the story were brilliant, with complex characters but towards the end, the story turned a little predictable. Still all in all, Shadow and Bone was really good story.

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Series: The Grisha Trilogy #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published: June 2012
Links: Amazon   Book Depository


Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, the one thing she could rely on was her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they’re sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.
When their convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed. Ripped from everything she knows, she is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes she is the answer the people have been waiting for: the one person with the power to destroy the Fold.

Swept up in a world of luxury and illusion, envied as the Darkling’s favorite, Alina struggles to fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But as the threat to the kingdom mounts, Alina uncovers a secret that sets her on a collision course with the most powerful forces in the kingdom. Now only her past can save her . . . and only she can save the future.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2012 12:55 pm

    This is definitely one of my next reads. I’m super excited!

  2. August 20, 2012 1:40 pm

    Two reccs means I need to check this out! For a while I was getting it confused with Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

    • August 20, 2012 8:22 pm

      Happens so easily. I’m always confusing titles. 🙂

  3. August 20, 2012 4:16 pm

    Love this book! Great pick!

  4. August 20, 2012 4:33 pm

    Nice choice, yeah I wasn’t really a fan of the ending but it was an interesting read for the most part.

  5. August 20, 2012 6:42 pm

    Oh, yes yes yes. 🙂 I was considering using this one as my pick too! Loved this one and am super excited for the next installment!
    My debut pick!

    • August 20, 2012 8:27 pm

      So hard to come up with a debut author. I generally read series and books by established authors.

  6. August 21, 2012 12:13 am

    I agree about the ending. As I read Shadow & Bone, I just couldn’t think of a different ending unless Bardugo threw in a twist — especially when it came to the Darkling’s character. Still, I quite enjoyed this book, and I’m interested to see where the story goes in book two.

    • August 21, 2012 8:29 am

      I agree, I’m looking forward to seeing where the author takes the story in book 2.

  7. August 21, 2012 8:39 pm

    I thought long and hard about recommending this book as well. I loved it! Great recommendation!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. August 22, 2012 11:24 pm

    I really, really want to read this book! Just wish I had more time…or more money…or both! lol Thanks for the recommendation and for stopping by my blog!

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

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