SHADOW and BONE (Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?
Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.
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Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
RUIN and RISING (Grisha #3) expected publication on June 03, 2014
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The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
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Ruin and Rising (Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo Genre : YA fantasy Rate : 4.5/5
One of my most anticipated release this year and I am really happy I end up loving it. This is the final conclusion to the Grisha Trilogy which is one of my most fave series out there. I will miss the world of Ravka. Some of the hardcore fans did not like what went down here especially to our beloved villain Darkling. But i was not upset about it coz i already had the feeling he was doomed from the beginning and it was too late for him...it was just sad. On the other hand MAL really stood out here...the steady rock to Alina when he finally accept the fact of what Alina was meant to be and do with her being the Sun Summoner. It was inevitable of who she ends up with despite other possible love interest, but there was only one true heart for her from the beginning and that is her best friend. So when everything was revealed here esp. about the third amplifier it all made sense in a way that I was content with how Alina lived out the rest of her life after the fall of our beloved villain. Great sacrifices was given but one that was required to save Ravka and for team MALINA to have the freedom to love each other! Other side characters also stood out in this book like Genya, David and Nikolai!
"I am not Ruined. I am Ruination."
Also the Darkling finally told us his REAL NAME (T-T) he will be missed...