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New York : Henry Holt, 2012.
358 p. : map ; 22 cm.
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
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0805094598 (hbk.)
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In a strong debut, Bardugo draws inspiration from Russian and Slavic myth and culture to kick off her Grisha trilogy. In the nation of Ravka, Alina Starkov is a junior cartographer's assistant in the army, while her best friend Mal is an expert tracker. When a perilous mission into the magically created Shadow Fold goes wrong, Mal is gravely wounded and Alina manifests the rare ability to summon light. Immediately recruited into the order of the magic-using Grisha, Alina is taken under the wing of its intimidating and powerful leader, the Darkling, and heralded as the potential destroyer of the Shadow Fold. As she navigates Grisha politics and uncovers well-hidden secrets, she realizes that the fate of the nation rests on her shoulders and she may be in grave danger. Filled with lush descriptions, intriguing magic, and plenty of twists, this memorable adventure offers action and intrigue mixed with an undercurrent of romance and danger. Alina's angst and passivity are a bit of a letdown, but Bardugo's storytelling and world-building more than compensate. Ages 12-up. Agent: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, Nancy Coffey Literary Agency. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

Debut author Bardugo has conjured up a treat with her first book in the Grisha Trilogy. In the opening passages, a tight bond is formed by two small orphans: handsome, competent Mal and tiny Alina, who never seems to do anything right. Jumping forward in time, the story follows the two friends after they have joined the King's First Army Mal as a soldier-tracker and Alina as a cartographer. Their land of Ravka is surrounded by enemies and divided by the Shadow Fold, a mysterious, magical darkness that seethes with flesh-eating monsters. After Alina discovers that she possesses a magical power, she is taken to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, magicians who practice the Small Science. Resembling Czarist Russia, the court swirls with deceit and extravagance, and although Alina falls under the spell of the handsome Darkling, she misses Mal grievously. Bardugo weaves a captivating spell with lushly descriptive writing, engaging characters, and an exotic, vivid world. Readers will wait impatiently for the next installment. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A six-figure marketing campaign is already ensuring that this series debut receives blockbuster attention.--Rutan, Lynn Copyright 2010 Booklist
<p>The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone , an original series!<br> <br> Enter the Grishaverse with Book One of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Times - bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. <br> <br> Soldier . Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold--a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.</p> <p>Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country's magical military elite--and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.</p> <p>As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.</p> <p>Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.</p> <p> A New York Times Bestseller <br> A Los Angeles Times Bestseller <br> An Indie Next List Book <br> This title has Common Core connections. </p> <p> Praise for the Grishaverse </p> <p>"A master of fantasy." -- The Huffington Post <br> "Utterly, extremely bewitching." -- The Guardian <br> "The best magic universe since Harry Potter." -- Bustle <br> "This is what fantasy is for." -- The New York Times Book Review <br> "[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp." --NPR<br> "The darker it gets for the good guys, the better." -- Entertainment Weekly <br> "Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down." -- USA Today <br> "There's a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo's original epic fantasy that sets it apart." -- Vanity Fair <br> "Unlike anything I've ever read." --Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent <br> "Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!" --Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series<br> "This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien." ? RT Book Reviews <br> Read all the books in the Grishaverse!</p> <p> The Shadow and Bone Trilogy <br> (previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)<br> Shadow and Bone <br> Siege and Storm <br> Ruin and Rising </p> <p> The Six of Crows Duology <br> Six of Crows <br> Crooked Kingdom </p> <p> The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic </p>
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