Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
I struggled between either 4 or 5 stars, but as I didn’t think it quite as good as the first one I finally settled on 4 stars.
Alright, so I am going to start right off with the best part of the whole book. Sturmhond is AMAZING (and yes it needed to be in all caps) I wanted to just hug that man until my arms fell off. Here are a few quotes to kinda show why I loved him so much:
“…I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important.”
“My mother was an oyster,” he said with a wink. “And I’m the pearl.”
“I’m also Sturmhond, commander of the Volkvolny, scourge of the True Sea.”
“Well, I’m vexing at the very least.”
I am not one to normally change who I think the female protagonist should go for, but I changed my mind within a few pages. Loved him!
I think the thing that I disliked about this book was the romance part of it. There was a lot of “I love you, but I am going to hide this from you so it doesn’t hurt you.” and “I only pushed you away because I love you.” It got old, super fast.
Other than the romance part I was super happy with this book.