Shadow and Bone

by

Leigh Bardugo

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Ivan is a Heartrender who serves as the Darkling’s right-hand man. He’s hulking and powerful, and he knows it—he likes to lord his power over others, especially over Fedyor. One of the reasons he feels he can do this is because he possesses an amplifier, something not many Grisha have. Alina resents Ivan for much of the novel because he’s so derisive toward her and clearly doesn’t like or respect her. However, Ivan begins to look a bit more human when Alina begs him not to support the Darkling’s power grab—and Ivan reveals that he supports the Darkling because he’s lost countless family members to the border wars. The Darkling, he believes, is the only person willing to do something about the wars and stop the carnage—therefore, any evil acts the Darkling might commit seem worth it to Ivan.

Ivan Quotes in Shadow and Bone

The Shadow and Bone quotes below are all either spoken by Ivan or refer to Ivan. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 4 Quotes

The kefta was far too large. It felt soft and unfamiliar, the fur lining warm against my skin. I chewed my lip. It didn’t seem fair that oprichniki and Grisha wore corecloth while ordinary soldiers went without. Did our officers wear it, too?

Related Characters: Alina Starkov (speaker), Ivan
Related Symbols: Alina’s Kefta
Page Number: 59
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 20 Quotes

“He plans to bring us peace.”

“At what price?” I asked desperately. “You know this is madness.”

“Did you know I had two brothers?” Ivan asked abruptly. The familiar smirk was gone from his handsome face. “Of course not. They weren’t born Grisha. They were soldiers, and they both died fighting the King’s wars. So did my father. So did my uncle.”

“I’m sorry.”

“Yes, everyone is sorry. The King is sorry. The Queen is sorry. I’m sorry. But only the Darkling will do something about it.”

Related Characters: Ivan (speaker), Alina Starkov (speaker), The Darkling, The King, The Queen
Page Number: 310
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ivan Character Timeline in Shadow and Bone

The timeline below shows where the character Ivan appears in Shadow and Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Identity and Self-Knowledge Theme Icon
Gender, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
...catches Alina as she stumbles and then hands her to an oprichnik. He calls for Ivan, a tall Heartrender, and tells him to escort Alina to the Little Palace in his... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Class and Privilege Theme Icon
Conformity vs. Individuality Theme Icon
Ivan drags Alina to the Darkling’s black coach, which is surrounded by Etherealki guards. He tells... (full context)
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Once the Healer is gone, Ivan explains that the kefta is made with Materialki corecloth and is bulletproof. An oprichniki explains... (full context)
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Desperation, Leadership, and Corruption Theme Icon
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...and the Shu Han will be itching to kill her. Alina just gapes at Fedyor. Ivan asks how Alina hid her power and if she was tested. Alina says she had... (full context)
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Ivan explains that the Darkling is a living amplifier. He shows Alina his amplifier, a necklace... (full context)
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Just then, Fedyor elbows Ivan—and a soldier opens the door to share that there’s a fallen tree ahead. Before the... (full context)
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...screams until the Darkling helps her up and walks her to his horse. He tells Ivan that he’s taking 20 riders, and Alina will ride with him. (full context)
Chapter 9
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Greed vs. Mercy Theme Icon
Alina nurses tea through the rest of dinner until Ivan bursts out the Darkling’s doors and the room falls silent. He calls Alina to him... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Conformity vs. Individuality Theme Icon
...why he cares what she thinks—and then he kisses her. Just as he pulls back, Ivan comes around the corner with a knowing grin. The Darkling leaves with Ivan to meet... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Class and Privilege Theme Icon
...Darkling comes up behind Alina, startling her, and the orchestra starts to play ominous music. Ivan appears to whisper something clearly good in the Darkling’s ear, and then the Darkling and... (full context)
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...can tell he hates that he wants it. Kissing her neck, the Darkling growls that Ivan brought news that his men found Morozova’s herd. He should be meeting with them in... (full context)
Chapter 20
Desperation, Leadership, and Corruption Theme Icon
Greed vs. Mercy Theme Icon
...an hour, until they reach a campsite. Mal’s guards shove him into a tent, while Ivan shoves Alina into a different tent. As he ties her to a pole, Alina begs... (full context)
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A while after Ivan leaves, a Summoner and a Heartrender duck into the tent and go to sleep. Alina... (full context)
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Gender, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
Conformity vs. Individuality Theme Icon
...they reach the Vy, Alina is dumped unceremoniously in the Darkling’s coach to ride with Ivan. Though Ivan threatens to make her pass out if she keeps asking about Mal, Alina... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...doesn’t seem to have regrets, but David does—and maybe there are more people like David. Ivan appears, interrupting Alina’s thoughts, and says the Darkling wants to see her. In the Darkling’s... (full context)
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...and the Darkling, but his power still tugs at her. Pulling away and calling for Ivan, the Darkling says that Alina can go say goodbye to Mal. Tomorrow, he’ll feed Mal... (full context)
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Ivan pulls Alina out of the tent, hisses for her to stop crying, and gives her... (full context)
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...glade—but this time, when the stag dies, it’s Mal’s blood that spills. In the morning, Ivan comes to lead Alina away. (full context)
Chapter 22
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Ivan leads Alina back to her tent and soon after, Genya arrives to help Alina get... (full context)
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Then, at the Darkling’s signal, Ivan throws Mal over the skiff’s railing. Alina screams and punches Ivan, stunning him. The Darkling’s... (full context)