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.
- Alina has really grown and is coming into the push-and-pull of power. I really liked the dynamic of the good vs. evil happening inside of her and I am sure in the final book she is going to have to choose who she really wants to do.
- Mal, I love this boy so much. He is so strong, but loves Alina for who is really is. He sees her good and wants her to connect with that good. They struggle during the book, which is hard to read, but it is good to see him love her and be there for her.
- Strumhound was so funny and his storyline wove really well into the book. I enjoyed his character, even though he challenged Mal and Alina, it definitely brought this book to life.
- There was no middle book syndrome with this second book in the series. It was a full storyline, action-packed and left for you wanting more. I am super excited for Ruin and Rising, which is scheduled to come out June 17th. It will be perfect for a weekend at the lake (baring that we even get summer!!!)
- I love the fairy tale-esque story with the amplifiers, no spoilers intended, but I am excited to see how that whole situation works out
- I hated the Darkling so much after the end of the first book that I really didn’t want to hear any more about him. I guess he is a good villian. I was just frustrated when he kept appearing to Alina.
- The Darkling’s mother, I really hope she has more to do with the third book, because she really stucked it up in this one. She risked her life to save Alina and then hides in her cabin all day. Boo!