You guys, reading this second book in the Grisha series hurt so good!
Alina and Mal manage to escape from the Darkling. They eke out a meager existence, and cling to hope of a future together.
Until the Darkling shows up again, with a shadow army he created from the void Alina left him with. They are forced to hunt a mysterious sea serpent, and thus gain a second amplifier. The Darkling will stop at nothing to gain more power.
No one expected the cunning and courageous Sturmhond, privateer extraordinaire. He tricked the Darkling, and kidnapped Alina and Mal. Only the sea fox is not what he seems. (Vague, but spoiler free!) As Alina attempts to build a fighting force of Ravka’s remaining Grisha, she fully assumes the role of leadership and embraces her power.
And still the Darklin plagues her. She sees him in her bedroom, in the war room… He can speak to her, taunt her, even touch her. Are there no limits to his power? Or is Alina going mad?
And then the strain on Alina and Mal’s relationship reaches the breaking point. Heart hurt, weary, and worried, can Alina pull it together to defend her country and defeat the Darkling for good?
Bardugo nearly killed me with this one. She is merciless. She is not afraid to kill off characters, or force them to go through unthinkable traumas. I hate it on one hand, but on the other, it keeps things interesting knowing that nothing is off limits. As a reader, I have no idea what to expect. Terrifying yet thrilling at the same time!
Alina’s struggle felt very real. She is both good and bad. Saint and pure evil. Patriot and prisoner. I LOVE HER. There were so many times I wanted to jump through the pages of the book to give her a hug, or at other times to give her a high five for a job well done. She’s afraid, but she does her best. She’s a total bad ass.
Mal is still swoony! The ups and downs of their relationship were very realistic, and it broke my heart seeing how helpless their romantic situation seems. I WANT to think that true love will conquer all, but honestly? I’m not sure it will. Another reason why Bardugo rocks. Love isn’t all sunshine, puppydogs, and cotton candy. Sometimes love is impossible. It will be interesting to see where it leads and what happens.
I’m DYING to read the third book now! Love, Love, LOVE this series!!!