Shadow and Bone

by

Leigh Bardugo

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Mikhael Character Analysis

Mikhael is one of Mal’s best friends and a fellow tracker in the First Army. Alina doesn’t like him, as he’s cocky, dismissive, and not very nice to her. But she’s still shocked and sad when Mal tells her that Mikhael and their other best friend Dubrov died senselessly in Fjerda while tracking Morozova’s stag.
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Mikhael Character Timeline in Shadow and Bone

The timeline below shows where the character Mikhael appears in Shadow and Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...says nothing about how uneasy she is. He suggests that the volcra will go for Mikhael first, and Alina flashes on a childhood memory of flipping through a book with Mal.... (full context)
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...A gorgeous girl looks out of the blue coach and smiles at Mal. Mal’s friends Mikhael and Dubrov rush up to him, teasing him about the Grisha girl. They point out... (full context)
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...tent. She slips on her boots and heads outside to meet Mal on the steps. Mikhael and Dubrov are drinking on the footpath. Alina hesitates: it’s hard to be around Mal... (full context)
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As they watch Dubrov and Mikhael drink, Alina asks Mal what he’s doing here—he used to visit her all the time,... (full context)
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Mikhael ends the moment by shouting for Mal. As Mal jogs away, he asks for luck.... (full context)
Chapter 3
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At Colonel Raevsky’s word, the survivors from the sandskiff enter the tent—including the Senior Cartographer, Mikhael, and Mal. Alina wants to run to him, suddenly elated. But then, the Darkling looks... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...and they’re both freezing. Mal puts his fingers in the light and then says that Mikhael and Dubrov were both killed in Fjerda. To Alina’s surprise, Mal continues that they’d hunted... (full context)
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...studies Mal. He’s changed so much, and she knows she’s partially responsible. She apologizes for Mikhael and Dubrov’s deaths, but Mal says it’s not her fault. Alina points out that it’s... (full context)