Warning: this review will contain spoilers from book 1 in the series. If you haven’t read the first book I don’t recommend reading this review!!
Alina is back in the clutches of the Darkling. With her and Mal being held prisoner, Mal has no choice but to help the Darkling track down what he seeks. Another amplifier. And what would it mean for Ravka if he got his hands on it?
So, from everything I’ve heard, this seems to be everyone’s favorite book in the series. The way the book started I totally got that. They’re hunting for the second amplifier, they find it, there are betrayals… lots of action going on. But then I felt like it all came to an abrupt halt. There was more of a focus on Nikolai and Alina, Alina and Mal … and oh my god Alina and Mal are up there for worst couple in literature for me. Honestly, I kept hoping Bardugo would kill off Mal so the story could move on and Aline would stop being such a sniveling baby.
Needless to say, I was starting to get quite disappointed. Then the last 80 pages or so happened. That was what I had been waiting for all book. That was such an amazing ending and the ending saved the rating of the book as well.
I’m really curious to see what happens in the last book. I have to think the third amplifier and a war with the Darkling are imminent, I just hope the middle isn’t slow again.
Also, I really don’t get people’s obsession with the Darkling…. never have and never will.
Goodreads Challenge: 50/105
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