Alina Starkov doesn' t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, the one thing she could rely on was her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they' re sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. When their convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed. Ripped from everything she knows, she is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes she is the answer the people have been waiting for: the one person with the power to destroy the Fold. Swept up in a world of luxury and illusion, envied as the Darkling' s favorite, Alina struggles to fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But as the threat to the kingdom mounts, Alina uncovers a secret that sets her on a collision course with the most powerful forces in the kingdom. Now only her past can save her . . . and only she can save the future.
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by Leigh Bardugo
by Lora Leigh
by James Edward Austen-Leigh
"Narrator Lauren Fortgang introduces us to Ravka, a magical land that has been plagued by war for a hundred years, and by the deadly darkness of the Shadow Fold, with its flesh- eating creatures. Fortgang captures the uncertainty and heartbreak of inexperienced young people as they learn from their mistakes. When the orphaned Alina is sent on a mission into the Shadow Fold, her place in the world, and her perception of it, dramatically changes when it's discovered she has a rare talent. Suddenly, she finds herself one of the powerful and magical who are under the command of the brutal but beautiful Darkling. Thus begins the conflict over her talent, and her journey to discover whether she will save or destroy the kingdom. S.M. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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