Having recently read Shadow and Bone and loved it I was keen to jump into the next one as soon as possible.
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, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But 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.
Once again we see Alina fighting for her life to save not only herself from the Darkling’s clutches but also the world from the darkness he threatens to release. The trilogy continues with much more action, suspense and twists which makes for a thrilling ride.
One aspect of this novel I loved are the fight scenes in this book. They are executed so perfectly that you can easily imagine each glancing blow, feel the whip of that near miss and experience the sting of the cut.
Although I will admit this one didn’t grab me as much as the first one I still throughly enjoyed it and certainly didn’t predict some of the twists which occurred.
One of the best events in this book for me was the introduction to the person who has now become my favorite character, Sturmhond. His charm, wit and charisma makes for a fun addition and someone who you want to know more and more about. His overall personality is just a ray of light in the darker times and the interactions with him and Alina are always amusing.
Overall, a fantastic novel, the characters are further developed in this part and I like how the writer really seems to be delving further into the world as the trilogy progresses.
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 (4 1/2) – a brilliant read, very nearly a 5 but just not as good as the first so couldn’t give that extra half a star.
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Much love 💘