Continuing with the weekly book blog meme/feature, today I’ll be participating in Book Beginnings on Fridays. This particular meme is hosted over at Rose City Reader and involves sharing the first line of the book that I’m currently reading.
I’m reading a few books right now (as per usual) but the one I’m more stuck into at the moment is Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. While this has been pretty popular on GoodReads and in the USA and Europe, it doesn’t seem to have been all that popular here in Australia. Which is unfortunate because I’m really enjoying it!
Synopsis from the back:
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 fulfil 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?
So, without further ado, the first sentence of Shadow and Bone:
“The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.”
Wow. That is a long sentence!
I’m nearly halfway through this book and I am really liking it. I’m already looking forward to the next book and then the third installment is due in July, so I’ve timed my reading of this pretty well. I won’t have too long to wait. The second book Siege and Storm came out mid-last year, so I’m glad I wasn’t one the readers eagerly awaiting it, devouring it and then having to wait a whole year until the next book, which is also the final book in the series. I’m very glad to have only recently discovered Bardugo’s Russian-themed fantasy series.
You can’t deny how good this series is meant to be, just check out the GoodReads
Thanks again to Rose City Reader
for hosting this meme! I’m looking forward to contributing more to it in the following weeks!