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Shadow and Bone: The Grisha Trilogy, Book 1

By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Thrilling, exotic fantasy romance gets pretty violent.

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age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Amazing book

I read this before allowing my child to read and if I must say so myself, it was pretty good. I don't really think the violence, sex or swearing is as bad as what commonsense makes it out to be. The main character, Alina is strong, smart and is a great role model to girls. Romance is little and swearing is also rare.

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Educational value
Great role models
2 people found this helpful.
age 15+

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Kids say (45):

Leigh Bardugo is a master at creating an original and breathtaking world. It's not all rainbows and sunshine in Ravka. It's bleak and frightening. SHADOW AND BONE is fast-paced, with shocking twists and turns and a powerful ending that leaves readers anxious for more.

Bardugo's strength lies in her solid characterization, with both major and minor characters questioning the world, their roles in society, and how they fit in. The Darkling is a fascinating character -- a guy you love to hate, but also a guy easy to desire. Some readers may find the book's Russian influences and language a little hard to understand at the beginning, but the story quickly moves forward as various secrets and lies are revealed.

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