Grisha Alina and her soldier lover Mal fled Ravka and the machinations of the Darkling, pretender to the throne, at the end of Shadow and Bone. And Alina doesn’t miss the Darkling’s lies or the temptations of abusing her power one little bit. Really. Being captured by a privateer and returned to Ravka is just the beginning of the new trials she will face, both internal and external, on her quest to define herself and possibly be the salvation for her world. This gorgeous Tsarpunk fantasy is recommended to teen and adult readers.
– Maryelizabeth— From Maryelizabeth's Past Reviews
Enter the Grishaverse with Book Two of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.
Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.
The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.
But as the truth of Alina's destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.
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Praise for the Grishaverse
“A master of fantasy.” — The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” —The Guardian
“The best magic universe since Harry Potter.” —Bustle
“This is what fantasy is for.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” —NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” —USA Today
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” —Vanity Fair
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” —Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” —Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
“This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien.” —RT Book Reviews
Read all the books in the Grishaverse!
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising
The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
“An action-packed, heartbreaking ending will leave teens breathless for the final installment.” —School Library Journal
“This action-packed, suspenseful grand tale of war, adventure and love, with a maritime setting, colorful battles, and female warriors, will appeal to a broad readership and is an enticing prelude to the anticipated Book 3.” —VOYA
“Bardugo populates her fully realized world with appealing three-dimensional characters and an involving plot that keeps a steady pace. . . . The buzz will be big.” —Booklist
“Bardugo builds on strengths she brought to the first volume, including a richly crafted fantasy world with its own twist on magic, a surfeit of handsome leading men, and plenty of teen-appropriate romantic angst.” —The Horn Book
“Scheming and action carry readers at a breathless pace to an end that may surprise them and will definitely leave them panting for the series' conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Mesmerizing. . . . Bardugo's set up is shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for.” —Laini Taylor in The New York Times Book Review on Shadow and Bone
“This is one book series you want to get hooked on.” —Seventeen.com on Shadow and Bone
“Set in a fascinating, unique world rich with detail, Shadow and Bone was unlike anything I've ever read. Alina is a clever, sympathetic character I will gladly follow into the next installment—which can't come soon enough!” —Veronica Roth, New York Times–bestselling author of Divergent on Shadow and Bone
“I loved it! This is just my kind of fantasy--rich, satisfying, and gorgeous, laced with heart-pounding action and pitch-perfect romance. The characters--protagonists and antagonists--are layered and complex. I'll be thinking about it for a good long time.” —Cinda Williams Chima, bestselling author on Shadow and Bone
“* Fast-paced and unpredictable, this debut novel will be a hit with readers who love dark fantasy. . . . Bardugo creates a unique world complete with monsters, magic, danger, romance, corruption, and extravagance.” —School Library Journal, starred review on Shadow and Bone
“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.” —Publishers Weekly on Shadow and Bone
“Bardugo weaves a captivating spell with lushly descriptive writing, engaging characters, and an exotic, vivid world. Readers will wait impatiently for the next installment.” —Booklist on Shadow and Bone
“Readers will be rooting for this lonely, tough heroine as she navigates perils physical, magical, and emotional.” —BCCB on Shadow and Bone
“A rich fantasy landscape, an inspired magical structure, and a gratifying emotional hook keep the pages whirring.” —The Horn Book on Shadow and Bone