A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy
(This is the second book in the The Grisha series. Spoilers may be found below.)
Summary – 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.
Initial Thoughts – I loved the first book and I loved Six of Crows, so I simply could not wait to read this book. And this book did not disappoint.
Plot – ★★★★★ I opened this book late at night planning to read for half an hour or so. I read it for three. It was full of ups and downs and unexpected twists.
Characters – ★★★★★ As Alina’s power grows stronger and darker, she struggles to remain the girl she was. Mal remains dreamy, while we are introduced to a variety of new characters, my favorite being Nikolai. His sarcasm had me laughing on nearly every page.
Story world – ★★★★★ We are introduced to more of the ridiculous politics of the country. We also learn more about the complex rules of magic and how they can be twisted for darker use.
Style – ★★★★★ Bardugo’s style flows smoothly and beautifully. Her sense of humor shines through the pages, constantly making me smile.
Closing Thoughts – This book didn’t suffer at all from Second Book Syndrome, which I admire greatly. It was everything I wanted and more.
Recommendation – Recommended for lovers of complicated love, beautiful magic, and wild adventures.