Author: Leigh Bardugo // Published: June 4, 2013
Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.”
I’ve seen so many mixed reviews about this series and I honestly still don’t know how I feel about it but I did enjoy this one more than the first book. Although there wasn’t much action in this one aside from some situation in the middle and towards the end, I found myself enjoying this one.
There was a lot less of the Darkling which I wasn’t surprised about. I thought we’d see him a lot more since he has the tendency to just jump at you. The Darkling is an interesting character but I just never fell in love with him as much as everyone else seemed to. I might have gotten used to everyone else’s obsession that I didn’t develop one of my own. Oh well. Moving on, I really liked our introduction to Nikolai. He’s probably one of my favorites in this series. Alina definitely grew more of a backbone in this one which was really great to see. I was hoping she would after book one. She definitely felt like a different person some of the times considering the things that happen here. I’m starting to like a lot more now. Although I’m enjoying the books I still don’t feel emotionally invested in the characters much. I mean Nikolai changed that for me surprisingly. Mal I just couldn’t get myself to like. I find him quite bland and I personally didn’t like him from book one. Tolya and Tamar were also a wonderful edition to the story. Genya has been one of the few characters that I liked and after everything she has been through I just want her to be happy.
I liked the pace and writing of this one. I felt a lot more connected to Leigh’s writing. She’s became one of my favorite authors after reading Six of Crows and Ninth House. The writing for the Grisha series seems different since the world is a little complex and there are so many things to keep in mind, but I really felt immersed in this one. I’m really looking forward to the last book. Bought it the other day so I could have a better experience instead of having my head in my Ipad all the time.
About the Author
Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios.