Waiting on Wednesday: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a feature hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine to feature yet-to-be-released books.

Leigh Bardugo 
Coming June 5th, 2012

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.  

First of all, it’s finally the first book in a series—which I can’t seem to find these days, because apparently every series is already underway. Second, I have a feeling I’m either going to love or hate it. The description is a little vague and prototypical high fantasy, which gives me pause. However, the description is high fantasy which I’ve been dying to see in YA. Pure, unadulterated, non-urban high fantasy. Finally, someone has answered my pleas! Plus, it looks to have some Russian elements and I’m curious to see how that will be incorporated. Oh, did I mention it’s high fantasy? And doesn’t contain vampires? And despite hints at a romance does not outright focus on girl-finding-love-of-life-at-age-sixteen like the fifty billion other YA novels that would be so much better without steamy dream boy? Hem.

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