Shadow and Bone (Leigh Bardugo)

Shadow and Bone is the first novel in the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.
Finished on: 31.5.2021

Alina and Mal have known each other since they were children, both orphans growing up in the same household. Since neither of them have magical abilities like the Grisha, they are both in the army, but in very different roles: Mal is a tracker, while Alina is a mapmaker. Both of their troops are headed to the Unsea, the Fold a strip of darkness filled with monsters that separates the east of the country from the west and can only be traversed under great risk. When they try to cross it, they are attacked and Alina suddenly discovers that she may have a rare magical ability after all. Upon this discovery, she is whisked away by the Darkling, leader of the Grisha and most powerful of all, to harness her ability – that may just be the key to get rid of the Fold once and for all.

Shadow and Bone is a good read with some nice, albeit under-explored world-building ideas. I may not be entirely excited about it, but I am looking forward to the second book in the trilogy.

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Leigh Bardugo)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo is the first of the DC Icons novels.
Finished on: 3.4.2019

Diana would like the chance to prove herself to the other Amazons and finally the day seems to have come when there is a big competition. But during the competition, Diana stumbles upon a girl who washed up on the shore of their island. Going against all rules, she offers the girl – Alia – refuge. But Alia is not just any girl, she is a Warbringer, and with Diana’s rescue, Diana may just have doomed the world.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a good read but didn’t win me over completely. There were a couple of things that just didn’t work for me, but overall, I did like it.

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