Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2
Published: June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Source: Hardcover, 432 pages
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.
I found myself not being Team anyone. It’s the first book that I almost felt it didn’t matter to me who she ends up with. There is romance yes, but it doesn’t steer the plot. The life of the story doesn’t hang in the balance of who loves Alina and who doesn’t. Leigh’s characters are so well written and well rounded that I can’t help loving all of them. Even the flawed and the evil.
The plot is fanamonial. The books have such strong writing that they absorb you right in and you wish, desperately wish you could read the trilogy in one swoop. I love the world building that goes on in this series, I loved the epicness of this book. I could gush and gush like gushing is my job.
I kept seeing people write how shocking the ending of the book was. So I expected more then what happened. It didn’t change my opinion of it but I thought it was pretty good. I actually had a moment when I agreed with what Alina was doing. What! I felt insane for thinking it myself. I thought the ending was perfect for the book and well executed. I can’t wait to read the third installment. It feels like anything can happen and I love that.