After quite enjoying the first book in the series, it was only right if I jumped into the second very quickly after. So what do I think of the second?
Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.
The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.
But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.
Taken from goodreads
Once again I really enjoyed the writing, for some reason any time I get into a Leigh Bardugo book I just feel happy to be able to see her work. I love how she writes characters and makes them one of three things, 1. loveable and want nothing but good things for them, 2. Hate them, want nothing but bad things to happen to them or 3, the funny one, the one who I love so much I wish I could go into the book and help them anyway I can.
I found this book to be a lot more enjoyable than the first mainly because it actually kept me on my toes throughout, yes of course some parts of it I was like this is going to happen but instead of it being chapters before it was only pages which is a lot more enjoyable.
I do like the sort of character that Alina is becoming in this book, somewhat of an anti hero but not at the same time if that makes any sort of sense. I found her to be somewhat more enjoyable to read about especially when she started to get some confidence in her. Mal on the other hand, seemed to do the opposite for me, I found myself struggling to like him in this book.
I really did enjoy the ending of the book. I found myself being unable to turn my eyes away from the pages as I just wanted to know more of what was happening and who was and wasn’t going to die.
I am really interested to see how Leigh Bardugo is going to end this series in the next book, that just means she did a great job in writing this book if I can’t wait to get to the finale.