The Grisha trilogy is a series I wanted to read for the longest time and I don’t know why I kept putting it off but with a gentle nudge from my friends on Bookstagram, I managed to read them very quickly.
As usual with all my reviews, this will contain spoilers.
Alina is hunted and the peace that she cannot find externally, also evades her from within. She is trying to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land while she keeps the power she holds a secret but she cannot outrun reality for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold and wants to test the boundaries of the world. Alina finds help from a notorious privateer and she returns to Ravka, determined to fight The Darkling, but as her power grows, she slips away from herself and Mal.
What I liked about the book: This is the best book in the trilogy, fight me on this. Hello, Strumhond. Hello, actual character development on Alina’s side. Hello heart wrenching battle. This is an epic book and I really enjoyed it and it might have broken my heart a little bit but I will recommend the Grisha trilogy solely because of this book.
What I didn’t like about the book: I have a love-hate relationship with the battle, while it was epic and unexpected, I feel like it took too many sacrifices at the end. Also, Alina running away with (redacted) made 0 sense to me, but then again, I really am not a huge fan of either of them. Alina’s character makes very little sense to me as a whole (I mean, why settle down with someone who has the emotional spectrum of soggy bread, when you can be an actual queen????).
A quote: “I’ve seen what you truly are,” said the Darkling, “and I’ve never turned away. I never will. Can he say the same?” (No, I don’t ship Darklina but this quote hits differently)
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
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