Blurb (from Goodreads):
Alina Starkov doesn't expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, she is sure of only one thing: her best friend, Mal--and her inconvenient crush on him. Until the day their army regiment enters the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. When their convoy is attacked and Mal is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power not even she knew existed.
Ripped from everything she knows, Alina is taken to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. With Alina's extraordinary power in his arsenal, he believes they can finally destory the Fold. Now Alina must find a way to master her untamed gift and somehow fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. As the threat to the kingdom mounts and her dangerous attraction to the Darkling grows, Alina will uncover a secret that could tear her heart--and her country--in two.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
“I am not mad. I am the only person who knows what he truly is, what he truly intends. And I am telling you that you must run.”
This was a YA fantasy story set in a fantasy world.
Alina was a strong character, and she really showed that strength when it mattered most. It was also good to see how much she cared for her best friend Mal, and the lengths she went to to protect him.
The storyline in this was about the Grisha – those people able to do magic, and in particular Alina and the Darkling’s magics. There was also a ‘dark fold’ – an area of darkness filled with evil creatures, and plans for Alina to use her new-found magic to help destroy it, and a bit of a love triangle between Allina, the Darkling, and her best friend Mal. The pace in this was a little bit slow for me, and the strange names confused me a bit. I did appreciate the twist we got thrown towards the end of the book though, as it really livened things up.
The ending to this was pretty good, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the rest of the series.
7 out of 10