Genre: YA, Fantasy
Series: The Grisha Trilogy #2
Disclaimer: This review will contain spoiler for the first book of the Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone.
This book was, in my opinion, quite a bit better than the first one. The first was good, but it didn’t really get me invested in the story or the world. Maybe that’s why it took me so many months to get back to the series.
In Shadow and Bone, we were introduced to the Darkling, who turned out to be evil. He tried to get a super amplifier to control and magnify Alina’s power but the plan backfired and he got trapped in the fold while Alina and Mal got away. They’re both still away (a few weeks later) in this one and the Darkling’s on their ass.
At first, their plan is to just stay away. But then Alina decides that she can’t let him ruin Ravaka and goes back to fight. And the book mostly consists of her making that decision.
For the first third of the book, the pace was fast and things were exciting and I was like, “Go! Go! Go!”. But then it started to slow down and by the halfway point, things were more like, “Please just go…”. And it didn’t help that Alina’s narrative was all doom and gloom and, quite frankly, exhausting.
On the bright side, both her and Mal could be quite snarky if they wanted to be. And we had Strumhond. He was one very important character and while I can’t say much about him, I will say that he was a lot of fun. I liked him …and also wanted to punch him. He was special like that.
As for Alina and Mal, they were in a bad place and pretty much a mess. That’s why I’m going to refrain from saying anything until they get their shit together (which will hopefully happen in Ruin and Rising).
Overall, this was a good installment and has gotten me very interested in how the series will end. I’ll be read the third book soon.