4 Will light conquer the darkness stars!!!
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
I am going backwards in Leigh Bardugo’s writing history and I’m not sure how I feel about it.
While I can tell her writing style has definitly changed and gotten better I really enjoy the Grisha stories that are being told. I’m not really enjoying that the world building is kind of lacking in book one. Does this get better in book two? I know in Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom it is definitly not lacking. Anyways onto the book!!
Mal and Alina have grown up together in an orphanage. Their bond seems to be like no other, however right in the beginning you know there is something very special about these two. Every child in the Grisha world is apparently tested when they are young to see if they have abilities to be cultivated to fight in the war. However when they are tested nothing of consequence happens and they are left to be peasants in the orphanage.
Alina is invisible and that’s the way she likes it, however Mal has turned into a handsome young man turning heads this way and that. They are both fighting for the king so that they may break the fold and solve the countries problems. However fate has something else planned.
I really enjoyed the fact that Mal and Alina had such a strong friendship/relationship/bond throughout the book. Of course there is the old trope of friends to love instance in this book. However it doesn’t seem overdone to me. They are seperated for part of the book so maybe that is why it doesn’t seem over done. I think this book was more of seeing Alina evolve that it was seeing Mal evolve. Maybe in the second book we get to see more of Mal evolve. I think what scares me most is I actually didn’t see the villain coming in this book. Was I so involved in what Alina was going through that I didn’t see it coming? Or did I think a classic trope was happening?? Quite possible.
I can’t wait to learn more about the Grisha world and how it is separated out into different continents. How Grisha in each continent are treated differently. It was brought up some in this book but I think maybe in the next books it will be brought up more?
Have you read the Grisha series?? Does it only get better from here??
About the author…
Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the Six of Crows Duology and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Aug 2017) and The Language of Thorns (Sept 2017).
She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.