Shadow and Bone

by

Leigh Bardugo

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Amplifier Term Analysis

Amplifiers are pieces of a powerful animal’s body (usually bones or teeth) that amplify a Grisha’s power. The pieces are usually made into jewelry of some sort. Grisha are only allowed one amplifier, and they must kill the powerful, often mystical animal themselves to assume its power. Some people, like the Darkling and Baghra, are living human amplifiers.

Amplifier Quotes in Shadow and Bone

The Shadow and Bone quotes below are all either spoken by Amplifier or refer to Amplifier. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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

I pulled the kefta tighter around me, feeling suddenly cold. I remembered the surety that had flooded through me with the Darkling’s touch, and that strangely familiar sensation of a call echoing through me, a call that demanded an answer. It had been frightening, but exhilarating, too. In that moment, all my doubt and fear had been replaced by a kind of absolute certainty. I was no one, a refugee from an unnamed village, a scrawny clumsy girl hurtling alone through the gathering dark. But when the Darkling had closed his fingers around my wrist, I’d felt different, like something more.

Related Characters: Alina Starkov (speaker), The Darkling
Related Symbols: Alina’s Kefta
Page Number: 63-64
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Chapter 12 Quotes

The horse has speed. The bear has strength. The bird has wings. No creature has all of these gifts, and so the world is held in balance. Amplifiers are part of this balance, not a means of subverting it, and each Grisha would do well to remember this or risk the consequences.”

Another philosopher wrote, “Why can a Grisha possess but one amplifier? I will answer this question instead: What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.

Related Characters: Alina Starkov, The Darkling
Page Number: 173
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Chapter 14 Quotes

If the Darkling came to my room tonight, what would it mean? The idea of being his sent a little jolt through me. I didn’t think he was in love with me and I had no idea what I felt for him, but he wanted me, and maybe that was enough.

I shook my head, trying to make sense of everything. The Darkling’s men had found the stag. I should be thinking about that, […] but all I could think about was his hands on my hips, his lips on my neck, the lean, hard feel of him in the dark.

Related Characters: Alina Starkov (speaker), The Darkling
Page Number: 225
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Chapter 15 Quotes

“But he can’t use an amplifier,” I protested weakly.

“He can use you,” Baghra said softly. “Morozova’s stag is no ordinary amplifier. He will hunt it. He will kill it. He will take its antlers, and once he places them around your neck, you will belong to him completely. You will be the most powerful Grisha who has ever lived, and all that newfound power will be his to command. You will be bound to him forever, and you will be powerless to resist.”

Related Characters: Baghra (speaker), Alina Starkov (speaker), The Darkling
Page Number: 239
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Chapter 22 Quotes

I’d thought the stag was haunting me, a reminder of my failure and the price my weakness would exact. But I was wrong.

The stag had been showing me my strength—not just the price of mercy but the power it bestowed. And mercy was something the Darkling would never understand.

I had spared the stag’s life. The power of that life belonged to me as surely as it belonged to the man who had taken it.

Related Characters: Alina Starkov (speaker), The Darkling, Malyen “Mal” Oretsov
Page Number: 338
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Amplifier Term Timeline in Shadow and Bone

The timeline below shows where the term Amplifier appears in Shadow and Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Identity and Self-Knowledge Theme Icon
Gender, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
Ivan explains that the Darkling is a living amplifier. He shows Alina his amplifier, a necklace of Sherborn bear claws. Amplifiers increase a Grisha’s... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Class and Privilege Theme Icon
...about 120—Grisha, he explains, get stronger and live longer the more they use their powers. Amplifiers help even more, and he’s a living amplifier; however, he’s not afraid that anyone will... (full context)
Chapter 9
Identity and Self-Knowledge Theme Icon
Conformity vs. Individuality Theme Icon
Baghra is an amplifier like the Darkling, so when she grips Alina’s wrist, sunlight floods the hut. But as... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Gender, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
Greed vs. Mercy Theme Icon
...minute and then, Baghra says that “the boy” (the Darkling) wants to get Alina an amplifier. Alina is relieved and hopeful, but when she expresses interest, Baghra snorts. (full context)
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Greed vs. Mercy Theme Icon
...that if they can kill Morozova’s stag, Alina can have a necklace: the most powerful amplifier ever. She needs the most powerful one if she’s to destroy the Fold. (full context)
Identity and Self-Knowledge Theme Icon
Gender, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
Conformity vs. Individuality Theme Icon
When Alina asks if she could practice with a different amplifier in the meantime, the Darkling says she should know enough theory by now to know... (full context)
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The first chance she gets, Alina goes to the library to research Morozova’s herd and amplifiers. She finds little about the deer, but a lot about amplifiers. Grisha, she reads, can... (full context)
Identity and Self-Knowledge Theme Icon
...the Grisha Examiners. She remembers Mal calling for her as the woman in red, an amplifier herself, gripped Alina’s wrist. Alina felt the thing rising in her to respond, but she... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...talk while they walk. Alina explains how the Darkling plans to weaponize the Fold, how amplifiers work, and the significance of Morozova’s stag. When Alina is done, Mal says she shouldn’t... (full context)
Identity and Self-Knowledge Theme Icon
Greed vs. Mercy Theme Icon
...Tsibeya: they’re going to catch the stag before the Darkling does. If Alina has the amplifier, she might be strong enough to fight him. Aghast, Alina reminds Mal that he could... (full context)