Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
“I've seen what you truly are," said the Darkling, "and I've never turned away. I never will. Can he say the same?”
This was an okay second instalment, but I didn’t like it as much as the first book.
Alina started to show a darker side of her character in this book, and I didn’t really like the person she was becoming. Nikolai on the other hand was a real sweetheart, and I still can’t bring myself to dislike the Darkling either, even if his plans are a little deadly.
The storyline in this was about Alina trying to lead the Grisha, whilst turning down marriage proposals, but the pace was a little slow for me, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romance between Mal and Alina. I don’t know why, but Mal just doesn’t do it for me, and I just feel like Alina could make a better match with someone else.
The ending to this was the most exciting part of the book, and I was relieved that (view spoiler)[ the Darkling wasn’t killed! (hide spoiler)]
6.5 out of 10