The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
- The story picks right up from the end of the action in the second book, Siege and Storm. Alina is working on getting herself figured out and she really starts to realize that she is more than an orphan girl, she is the Sun Summoner and now has responsibility outside herself.
- I love the little gang of mismatched soldiers and Grisha’s that accompany Alina and Mal on their journey. All of them together have great attributes, just not really any skills for what they are doing, and completely different personalities. It made the book a bigger adventure because not everything was going perfectly.
- I loved the surprises in the book. I have to admit that I did not see them coming, maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough, but I enjoyed the surprise and how it worked into the story. The ending kinda reminded me a bit of the triumph at the end of Harry Potter.
- I seriously have a HUGE crush on Nikolai. Man oh man, he is like the good-hearted bad boy that you just fall head over heels for. I think he has to be number one on my list of book boyfriends, and if he was real, my husband would HAVE to be jealous! I have no idea how Alina can resist him, must be true love with Mal for sure, or else she would have been a goner for that wit, charm and sheer amazingness.
- The firebird part of the story was amazing. We knew the adventures of looking for the other amplifiers, but this one had to be the most intriguing and action packed.
- I love, love, loved learning more about Morozova’s past. I would be head over heels with Leigh if she would write a prequel about Morozova’s life and his quest for the amplifiers and his family’s history. SO GOOD!
- If you think I have a gripe than you are CRAZY!