As readers, can we ever objectively experience a book? I'm sitting here wondering this because having just read Shadow and Bone was like getting a few more precious hours with my long departed grandmother. Immersing myself into a world of Russian folklore, superstition and history. So I have no idea how much of my past coloured my present reading experience and it doesn't really matter. What does matter is that I very much enjoyed this book. Everything worked for me - even the "love triangle". I'm not a fan of them and this one isn't the norm - but that makes it better because even the relationships end up being that much more adversarial and tension filled. Really looking forward to the next one.