Audiobook Review – Shadow and Bone

Posted June 22, 2016 by Kathy in 5 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 2 Comments

Audiobook Review – Shadow and BoneShadow and Bone Series: The Grisha #1
by Leigh Bardugo
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Published by Audible Studios on November 30, 2012
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

My Review

I can’t believe I waited so long to read Shadow and Bone. I loved this book!

Alina and Mal have been best friends since they met at the orphanage. Now teenagers they are members of their countries army but with different ranks. Mal is one of the best trackers and Alina is a map maker. During an attack Alina’s dormant power is revealed and she is whisked away to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the countries magical elite. Shadow and Bone is a fantasy filled with mystery, intrigue and romance. In Alina’s new life it’s hard to distinguish her friends and enemies which I find exciting in a story. There were a lot of twists in this story that kept me on the edge and wanting more.

I had the pleasure of meeting author Leigh Bardugo in 2014 but I kept putting off reading her book. I’m so mad at myself for waiting so long to read this. I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. This series is inspired by the Russian history so throughout the story the author painted a vivid image of the architecture, people and their customs. The bond between Alina and Mal is strong and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Audiobook Review

Lauren Fortgang performance is incredible. She created distinct voices for all the characters and it was really entertaining. She brought all the characters to life. I felt the emotions of the characters and Lauren’s narration brought excitement to the action scenes. I look forward to listening to more from this narrator.

Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: five-stars

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows (awarded starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, SLJ, and the BCCB) and the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2016 Reading Assignment


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2 responses to “Audiobook Review – Shadow and Bone

    • Kathy

      I really enjoyed this but unfortunately my library doesn’t have the next audiobooks in the series. It’s really frustrating when my library does this lol. I have an account with so I’ll wait for a sale lol. I hope you enjoy this book too.