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Deadly Destinations journey’s to the dark and magical land of Ravka from the magnificent young adult fantasy Shadow and Bone. This novel is now available. Leigh Bardugo offers up a handy survival guide to staying alive while in Ravka. Want to know our thoughts on this title? Read my review here.
A Survival Guide to Ravka
Most of the action of Shadow and Bone takes place in the fictional country of Ravka, a land of decadence and dark magic inspired by Tsarist Russia. From the white wastes of the permafrost to the lavish halls of the Grand Palace, it’s best to keep your wits about you. These tips should help.
1. Try not to be delicious. The monsters that populate the Shadow Fold are known as volcra and they’re pure predator. Though they’re blind from generations evolving in the dark, they can smell blood from miles away. Plus: leathery wings, big old talons, and they feast on human flesh. So if you must enter the Shadow Fold, skimp on the BBQ sauce cologne.
2. Don’t bother packing that little black dress. Only one man in Ravka wears black, and believe me when I say, you do not want to cross him. Of course, if he offers to let you wear his colors, the choice is yours. Just remember, everything has a price.
3. Be born noble. Ravka has been at war or on the brink of it for hundreds of years and everyone, male or female, is drafted at age 16. But if you’re born into the aristocracy, you can do your military service from behind a desk or in the comfort of the officer’s tent. If you aren’t lucky enough to be titled, you can hope to be born a Grisha, one of the kingdom’s magical elite. There are plenty of perks to being Grisha (great clothes, great food, awesome powers), but you’re still a soldier who serves at the pleasure of the king.
4. Be nice to Genya. Though many write her off as a mere servant, she understands the workings of the Grisha court and the royal court. She’s your best hope of navigating the politics and intrigue of the capital. Plus, she really knows her way around a makevoer.
5. Always travel with a friend. Even outside of the Fold, Ravka is a dangerous place. Whether you’re braving the gray slate mountains of the Petrazoi, the icy wilds of Tsibeya, or the seedy chaos of the river cities, you need to know that someone has your back. If that someone is a tracker who knows his way around a rifle, even better.
Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives in Hollywood, where she indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as a makeup artist. Occasionally, she can be heard singing with her band, Captain Automatic.
Her debut novel, Shadow & Bone (Holt Children’s/ Macmillan), is a New York Times Best Seller and the first book in the Grisha Trilogy. Book 2, Siege and Storm, will be published in 2013. She is represented by Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf.
Available June 5, 2012 from Henry Holt/Macmillan
About this Book:
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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