Why did I wait so long to read this book?!?!?! This book in one word …A-mazing!!! This is classified as a Young Adult novel but it has a lot of adult appeal. I loved the characters (Mal – I heart you), the writing…and the world where this all transpires is unique and interesting. I can’t wait to revisit them all again. Which, incidentally, is June 4, 2013…yup my calendar is already marked!
Book Description via Amazon
Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2012: Alina Starkov has never been anything more than yet another orphan of her country’s on-going wars...until she channels magic not seen in centuries to protect her best friend, Mal. Her new-found powers attract the attention of the Darkling, the most powerful of the country’s magic-wielders. He tells Alina that her magic could heal the Shadow Fold, if she can only learn to control it--and if she agrees to trust the Darkling despite the mystery that surrounds his very existence. Leigh Bardugo brings a cast of well-defined characters and a unique magic system to her lavishly imagined world, where light doesn’t always conquer dark and deception runs so deep that it becomes truth. And yet, against all expectations, the bonds of sacrifice and friendship remain too strong to be severed in this thrilling debut. --Malissa Kent