The farther I get away from having read Shadow and Bone the less I like it. The copy I had was an ARC copy, I had received as a R.A.K. So it didn't have a map in it, which would have been helpful a bit, sometimes with fantasy settings I like to be able to look at a map. I didn't really understand what the Fold was (that's what it was called right?), and a few other things tended to get all mushed in my head, so a glossary would have been nice as well.All that aside, I did like the story, and for the most part I couldn't put the book down. I did like most of the characters as well. Though I feel like it's obvious there is more to the Darkling, I think there is definitely more to Baghra. And whether or not she's a good guy seems to be just as much as in question to me as whether or not the Darkling is (I mean if you're questioning that). The one character I didn't like was Mal. We are told from the very beginning how much Alina is just in love with him, and of course this boy doesn't get much screen time. I don't understand why authors do the whole childhood sweetheart thing. (Granted it's one-sided love, who am I kidding? It's always one-sided at first.) Personally I'm sick of it. As far as I understand, people who grow up together, especially the way these two did, will probably have more of a sibling relationship (ew). And how exactly did the whole Mal and Alina thing come to happen in the end? Did that seem forced to anyone else?Yeah, so I originally gave Shadow and Bone 4/5, but I can't help but question my sanity at the time.