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Bookmobile Chat: SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

It's time to chat about SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo! Please visit the comments section to add your own thoughts to the discussion.

Did Ravka's atmospheric setting drawn you in immediately?
What did you think of the themes of beauty vs. grit?
What did you think of the ending?
Say what you like about plot, because spoiler warnings are in effect!

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Kristin Halbrook is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novels Nobody But Us (HarperTeen, 2013) and Every Last Promise (HarperTeen, 2015). She likes many things.

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  1. What foes the Darkling look like?

  2. What foes the Darkling look like?

  3. Shadow and Bone was a fantastic book. I got sucked into Ravka's beauty and mystery from page 1, but the scene that really sealed the book's fate as amazing was when Alina's skiff crossed the fold and saw the volcra. BY far, one of the most memorable scenes in YA lit. All I can say about the ending (other than I loved how the format tied back to the prologue) was that I NEED SIEGE AND STORM NOW! I loved the whole aspect of Alina being somewhat under the spell of the Darkling and trusting, and it fit perfectly with the illusion of the Grisha being fantastical and magical. The only thing that left me reeling in shock was Genya's betrayal. I'm sure the issue will be explored in further books but INEED TO KNOW. The only thing I could have wished for in this book (other than a sooner release for book 2) was to learn more about each Grisha book and Grisha magic in general. Leigh, any chance there will be another short story (like the Witch of Duva, which I read before Shadow and Bone and made me absolutely desperate for my copy of Shadow and Bone to come into the Library) that will explore Grisha? I need to fill the emptiness of Grisha:)
    If you could respond to this Leigh, that would be amazing as well.

  4. How was the querying process for you? Did it take forever to get an agent?

  5. Do you have an average word count you aim for every day?

  6. Who was the hardest character for you to write and why?

  7. Shadow and Bone was most definitely one of the best books I’ve read, ever. The detailed descriptions and magic completely caught my attention, and I practically read it in one sitting. After finishing it, I was dying to know what happened next. Now all I can do is reread it over and over… So many things are still a mystery, and I can’t wait till Siege and Storm comes out! :D If you could choose who was in the cast for the movie, who would you pick?
    Thanks for creating such an amazing book!

  8. Leigh did an amazing job of world building. The feel of Ravka, the tone, the themes, how she built in the language, mythology, folklore, military structure, and colors for rank all contributed to the feeling I got when reading SHADOW AND BONE. What an amazing world! I can't wait for more. I've also got the short story, THE WITCH OF DUVA, to read since we've got to wait for book 2, SEIGE AND STORM and book 3, RUIN AND RISING.

  9. I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone but I got into it fast and hated the one time I had to put it down and go to work :)

    And I had to refer back to the front of the book a few times to straighten out exactly which of the Grisha did what but I also liked that it wasn't a huge part of the plot.

    Zaira Lynn (Ptarmigan Hunting in Alaska)


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Item Reviewed: Bookmobile Chat: SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kristin Halbrook