Author: Leigh Bardugo
Age Range: 12 – 18 years
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone) (Book 2)
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 4, 2013)
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Darkness never dies.
across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina
must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while
keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun
her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from
the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that
will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a
notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned,
determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power
grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic,
and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her
country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or
risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
About the Author:
Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated
from Yale University. These days, she hides out in Hollywood and
indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other
life as makeup artist L.B. Benson.
Her debut novel, Shadow & Bone (Holt Children’s/Macmillan) is now a New York Times Best Seller.
If you are going to read any fantasy series, this should be it. I loved
this book just as much as the first. I can’t wait for the third book in
The Darkling is back and more powerful than ever. Alina makes new
friends and new enemies. She gains some new power herself and grows into
herself a little more. She also loses herself a bit. She changes. I
didn’t like Mal at all in this book. I wanted to smack him upside the
head. However, their rocky relationship made sense and added depth to
I cannot get enough of this series. I might be obsessed, but it is too
soon after reading the final page to tell. All I know is that book #3
can’t get here soon enough.