Back onto the series of Booktok recommended me this book so now I have to read it, this is probably the author recommended the most after Sarah J Maas and Cassandra Clare. I loved her work with Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdoms so it is time for the prequels.
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.
Taken from goodreads
Instantly I am so happy to be reading Leigh Bardugo again. I love the way that she is able to write a character and make them enjoyable to read about even if they are classed as the bad guy. I am looking forward to reading more about Alina and what she is going to do in the next few books, but not only that I found the Darkling to be an interesting character but also his counterpart in Mal, I want to know more about them both and hoping to get this in the next two books.
World building is pretty good and it is helped along with a really good map at the beginning of the book. I loved hearing about all the little details such as the bathtub as well as the fur that they use to sleep in. This just makes imagining the story that much easier.
However, I did find the final 50 pages to be very predictable (expect the ending) and I spent the most of the time in those 50 pages wondering where the twist was going to be as it was getting a little bit boring for my liking.
I am really interested in seeing where Leigh is going to take the story with this as at some points during those predictable 50 pages I forgot that this was a trilogy and I thought the story was over. So now I can’t wait to jump into the sequel.