The Low Down: Alina grows up in an orphanage with her best friend, Mal. They are drafted into the army when they are old enough. It is during a frightening crossing through the deadly Fold that Alina learns that she has powers that the Darkling has been looking for; powers that can save her country. But what if the Darkling has other ideas?
Best Thang ‘Bout It: This book evokes images of Kate Seredy’s Hungary for me. The descriptions of the villages, clothing and the inhabitants made this book read like historical fiction with a twist of fantasy. I really liked Alina, with her caution, strength and vulnerability. Mal is a worthy companion to Alina who will sacrifice himself and all else to keep Alina safe.
I’m Cranky Because: I really thought the pages were going to run out before the book came to its conclusion. Ultimately, though, I have no complaints.
Should You?: Without a doubt.
Shadow and Bone was published on June 5, 2012 by Henry Holt & Co.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Romance
Ages: 12 and up