Leigh Bardugo’s 2012 novel Shadow and Bone is the first installment of the bestselling fantasy trilogy of the same name. Set in an immersive world where magic and technology form the backdrop for Alina Starkov’s rise as the Sun Summoner, Shadow and Bone has been adapted into a popular Netflix series. The novel is a classic hero story told for a contemporary audience that uses power, greed, and mercy as catalysts for the struggle between good and evil.


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See a complete list of the characters in Shadow and Bone and in-depth analyses of Alina Starkov, Mal Oretsev, the Darkling, and more.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Shadow and Bone, including major themes, motifs, and symbols.


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