With sequel coming out in March seemed like the perfect time to finish my Grishaverse reading. So what did I think of this book where Nikoali is finally a main character?
The dashing young king, Nikolai Lantsov, has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war–and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, Nikolai must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha general, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried–and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Taken from goodreads
Instantly I am so happy to be back in this world again, I know that I only finished shadow and bone 18 days ago but it still felt a long time. For me this is one of the most interesting worlds out there, it hasn’t developed yet and every time you come back to the world something else has happened to make it even more interesting.
Character wise, they bring back some from the S.O.C and Shadow and bone but none of the actual main ones which I find to be an interesting decision but after reading the book one I am very happy Leigh Bardugo made. Zoya is a character which I think was widely hated till the third book, Nikolai wasn’t around till the second book and then Nina was a great character in S.O.C. but wasn’t in my top 3. However, the way Leigh Bardugo made the story around these characters was great and actually made me enjoy the story that much more.
I did find some P.O.Vs to be very slow and somewhat challenging to get through but that was the first 100 pages of the book but after the story progressed and then things started taking place and we got to know the character even more I seemed to speed through the rest of the book.
I have been left with so many questions that I just need answers to. So many questions
This is a great way to continue a series and give some lesser loved characters a chance to shine in the spotlight. It left on a cliffhanger that has made me instantly go and preorder the next book which is exactly what a book should do. If you loved the 5 books in the Grishaverse series so far, I think you will really enjoy this.