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Reviewed in Australia on 9 April 2021
After all the raving about Shadow and Bone, I was sorely disappointed. I struggled through it, feel an intense dislike for Alina, and am not really looking forward to the following two books just to get to Six of Crows (and to understand the new show).
Don't get me wrong - the story itself is decent. I do enjoy the Grisha powers. I just think the book is... empty.
The politics weren't fleshed out enough, the transition between Alina's emotions was too fast and didn't make sense half the time, and it feels as though the story's full potential is unrealised and the characters were too one-dimensional.
I'm hopeful though - many people have said that Shadow and Bone is the least enjoyable of the series. Hopefully I follow the trend and enjoy the second and third installments.