Soldier. Summoner. Saint.
Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.
The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.
But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.
- Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
- Pages: 448
- Edition: Henry Holt and Co., Kindle (June 2013)
[Published June 2013 | Source: Goodreads]
I read this immediately after I’ve finished Shadow and Bone and I must say that the storyline and events in this book have gotten so much more intense than the first one. That being said, I was hoping that the problems I mentioned in my review of Shadow and Bone would be resolved or somehow would show some positive improvements, but I was disappointed.
Reading Alina was a depressive experience. She’s still the whiny little girl who nonstop points out how “plain” she is and how gorgeous the other girls are compared to her. Also, I would’ve rated this higher if not for the toxic teenage romance but whatever. I get it, Mal made a sacrifice for her, but he loved the weak and ordinary Alina. He hated her power, he despised her being a Grisha to the point that it’s gotten so toxic that seeing their names on pages annoyed me.
I’m also getting a major reverse-harem vibe in this book and I’m kind of neutral about it. I’m not sure what to feel, it’s just there, and it’s happening. And I don’t mind who ends up with who.
But if I’m that disappointed, why did I persevere? it’s because the story is incredible. It’s addicting! And Mal and Alina couldn’t take that away. The world is just too awesome to DNF. It is rich, complex and well thought out, and I enjoyed reading every bit of it. I was also introduced to a new interesting character; the ever clever and ultra charming, Prince Nikolai Lantsov (aka the new saving grace of this book lol).
The book now shows the Grisha being divided as the threat of war between light and dark grows. With the Darkling being stronger than ever, the characters were forced to improve themselves too. There’s a lot more action and display of power, even the side characters have gotten more attention in this book. As I’ve mentioned, the scenes are more intense and the events have become more deadly.
There’s no denying that the Grishaverse is one of the best fantasy worlds ever created. The world offers a story of its own, and regardless of the characters, the Grishaverse will always be interesting.
“Weakness is a guise. Wear it when they need to know you’re human, but never when you feel it.”— Nikolai, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
3.5 / 5