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Blog Tour Guest Blog and Giveaway: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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We are very excited to participate in the SHADOW & BONE Blog Tour! As part of the tour Leigh Bardugo is sharing some information about her amazing world of “The Grisha” and the wonderful folks at Macmillan are offering one lucky reader their very own copy of SHADOW & BONE! For those who are unfamiliar with author Leigh Bardugo’s new book, allow us to enlighten you…

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 unlikely 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.

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The Grisha Orders

The Grisha are the magical elite of Ravka, also known as the soldiers of the Second Army. They practice the Small Science: they manipulate matter at its most fundamental levels. I like to think of it as a magical version of molecular chemistry. Status is everything to the Grisha. Here are the ways their orders break down:

The Order of the Living and the Dead

* Heartrenders (Red & Black)

* Healers (Red & Gray)

Ravka is surrounded by enemies and basically operates as a garrison state. The Corporalki are considered the most valuable soldiers, and consequently, they are the highest ranking Grisha. A Corporalki Heartrender can snatch the air from your lungs, slow your pulse until you drop into a coma, or literally crush your heart in your chest–all without ever laying a finger on you. Healers put you right again.

The Order of Summoners

* Squallers (Blue & Silver)

* Inferni (Blue & Red)

* Tidemakers (Blue & Pale Blue)

Grisha cannot create or animate matter. Inferni don’t “magically” create fire. They summon combustible gases like methane or hydrogen, but still need a flint to start a spark. Squallers can raise or lower air pressure to create storms, while Tidemakers use temperature and pressure to summon and control water. Etherealki frequently work in pairs. Both the Darkling and Alina are technically considered Etherealki.

The Order of Fabrikators

* Durasts (Purple & Gray)


* Alkemi (Purple & Red)

These are the lab geeks of the Grisha Orders. They’re the least respected, but they’ll become more valuable to the war effort as the trilogy progresses. Durasts deal in the solid: Grisha steel, corecloth (similar to modern body armor), textiles, and glass. Alkemi specialize in poisons and blasting powders.

(A little note on language: Were we speaking Russian, the plural of something like Corporalnik would be Corporalniki. But because we’re speaking Ravkan, I took the liberty of shortening the plural. It keeps the text simpler and I just prefer the sound of it. I’ve gone mad with power!)

My Order? I think I’d have to go with Corporalki Heartrender. I’m just bloodthirsty that way. Besides, I look great in red ;)

(All of the Grisha crests were created by the awesome Adam F. Watkins.)


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  • says:

    Corporalki! They sound badass. :p

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  • Zemira says:

    Corporalki.They do sound great and it would be cool to have such a power,I think I couldn’t use it to kill someone.

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  • Hannah T says:

    I love the badges they’re beautiful, I actually rather be a Summoner, it’s a tide between Inferni and Tidemakers, probably Inferni that just sounds pretty cool to me :)

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  • says:

    I’d be Alina! HAHAHA ;-)

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  • Lesley D says:

    I’d probably be a Materialki – I’m very much a lab geek! ;)

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  • Rosa says:

    I’d be one of the Squallers. It sounds really cool.

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  • says:

    Tidemakers, that sounds awesome! I would love to be one of those. :)

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  • Krispy says:

    While the whole heart crushing thing is tempting, I think I’d prefer to be a Etherealki, probably an Inferni because I’ve always had a thing for fire summoners. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Victoria Sloboda says:

    I’d like to be a tidemaker or a squaller.

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  • Erin D. says:

    I would be a Healer. I’ve always thought that would be something I would like to do if I have a super power of some sort. This book looks good.

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  • says:

    I think I’d be Etherealki: The Order of Summoners as a Tidemaker. I’d love to control water. :D

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  • Rhiannon Rowland says:

    Squaller for me! I love storms, so it fits!

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  • sienny says:

    Materialki. i’m a behind the scene kind of gal :)

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  • says:

    I think I’d probably be a Corporalki – but a Healer. I’d much rather prefer putting someone back together than taking them apart. ;)

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  • Terri M says:

    Knowing me and who i am i would probably be a lab geek or healer.

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  • Maureen says:

    I would be a Healer

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  • says:

    I’d probably be a healer! :)

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  • erinf1 says:

    thanks fo ra a great post and giveaway! I’ve had such book lust for this title!

    I’d have to go w/ healer. I’m a lover, not a fighter ;)

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  • I think I would would be Corporalki Healers :)

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  • says:

    I think I’d probably be a Corporalki Healer, even though there’s not much info on them. I think that has to do with my choice of being in the field of medicine. But if not, and I know this is the total opposite of my first choice, but I’d be a Heartrender – because it would come with such power. Of course, power can be abused, but I think I’d like to try to use it for the right reasons…

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  • Cheryl says:

    I’d totally be a Corporalki Heartrender.

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  • bn100 says:

    I’d probably be a Tidemaker.

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  • JennyC says:

    Healers all the way!!! :)

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  • Kelly says:

    I would be a tidemaker. I would love to control water. Especially since it is a fear of mine.

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  • Myra says:

    I would be an Inferni, decidedly.

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  • I’ll go with Inferni simply because they sound like the most awesome! :)

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  • Nikki Wang says:

    Tidemaker for sure! I just love anything water lol.

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  • Samantha R. says:

    I’d probably be an Inferni (who wouldn’t want to control fire?)

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  • Molly Frenzel says:

    I would be a Heartrender for sure. I’m a “take no prisoners” kinda girl.

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  • London Judge says:

    A Healer!!!

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  • says:

    I’d be a Corporalki healer:)

    Thanks so much!

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  • Munnaza says:

    I think I’d be an Etherealki Tidemaker, though that could be because of the color combination. XDDD I’m really excited about this book though! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  • says:

    I don’t know! They are all so cool that I can’t pick!! Thanks for the fun blog stop!

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  • Lilian says:

    I am really liking the Tidemakers, and I love a Tidemaker I’ll be!

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

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