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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. This title has Common Core connections.

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    Good Premise, Weak Execution & Lead

    I think the hype surrounding this book can make it a disappointing read for YA fans who have read many fantasy/high fantasy books. I didn't find Alina to be a very likeable heroine. She was a little dull for my tastes. It also doesn't help that the pacing is all over the place for this book. It has its faster moments but for the most part, I found it to be terribly slow. Because I have read a lot of high fantasy recently, this book just didn't meet the standards I've become accustom to.

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    Amazing!

    This book was simply amazing. Great story idea, interesting plot, varied and developed characters, and brilliant writing.

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    Amazing

    An alternate universe 19th century Russia that is so well written you won't find anything like it anywhere else. I work in a bookstore and the one thing I always tell customers is that this book well suck you right in without releasing you until it wants to, the characters are diverse and entertaining with so many secrets you never know what to expect.

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    Excellent, well written story; I couldn't put it down! Now on to the second in the series!

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    Blown away

    In love from the start.. couldn't put it down . I found it lived up to its standards and will be reading the rest...I read her recent book six of crows and was in love. Still liked that book best but this was also great. A must read in my eyes.

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