Darkness never dies. Alina and Mal are on the run. Hunted and haunted, but together at last, they can’t outrun Alina’s past or her destiny forever. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and he needs Alina to realise his dangerous plan. There are others who would like to use Alina’s gift too. And as her power grows, somehow, she must choose between her country, her power, and her love – or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
Wow, and I thought Shadow and Bone was intense. The Darkling is as dark and deep as ever and Alina and Mal are on the run this time. They thought they could escape forever, though. They can’t.
It’s weird. I both like and hate the Darkling. His past is really vague and it’s like he’s evil just for the sake of it, but still, he’s a really intriguing character. He honestly thinks Alina is meant to be with him. But personally, I prefer Mal. Things get a bit rocky for their relationship but I can see things from her point of view. She thinks she’s going crazy, and to tell someone she loves is beyond frightening. She feels like if she says it out loud, it’ll be true.
I thought this book delved deeper in to the story line and I completely loved the new additions: Sturmhond. Holy crap, I love this dude! I mean, he turns out to be way more than first impressions show and in a way he is far more complex than anything I’d have imagined. I instantly liked him.
And there are others, like Tolya and Tamar, who become Alina’s guards. They’re fun and fresh, but also you can tell they have secrets.
There were so many twists and turns I couldn’t put this book down and I am bouncing with excitement for Ruin and Rising. It comes out later this year as far as I know. :)