Darkness never dies.
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.
Alina is suffering so much at the start of this one and I want to smack Mal for being the cause of it. She needs to use her power but it seems he's kind of scared of her, or maybe her power. Just like the Darkling told her told her.
She's fighting hard but her power is calling her, she wants more, but she's also nervous. Wanting more power is what pushing the Darkling. She is also craving the Darkling but at the same time wants to stop him. It's a hard spot to be in. I don't envy her at all.
I felt this was stronger than the Shadow and Bone. More character development, more pain, and more at stake. I can see how much power means to Alina, even though she is scared of what the power could do to her. It's starting to consume her.
I wonder about the Darkling even more. What's his true plan? Is he really as black and white as he seems? Or is there something more to him?
I hope Mal mans up and starts to actually help Alina instead of making her feel worse about herself. I don't get why she even likes Mal. He's so annoying to me. If she gets with him...
The ending was so easy to see coming but I still loved it! The Darkling has the kingdom, the prince is gone which is sad. I like him a lot. He's pretty freaking awesome! I wouldn't even mind if Alina ended up with him!