Leigh Bardugo is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. grishatrilogy.com leighbardugo.com
THE WORLD: To be honest, the world is a little bit changed in this book. Surely, we still have Ravka divided by the Fold and magic of the Grisha but...so the most part of the Ravka is ruled by the Darkling. The West Part of the Ravka declared for... THE WORLD: To be honest, the world is a little bit changed in this book. Surely, we still have Ravka divided by the Fold and magic of the Grisha but...so the most part of the Ravka is ruled by the Darkling. The West Part of the Ravka declared for Nikolai and where is our Sun Summoner? Well she is locked underground and then traveling around trying to find Firebird. It is a little bit sad because we did not have to see anything new of Ravka, no further development of the world. CHARACTERS: Alina is the Sun Summoner and now a focus of the religious fanatics cult who believe her to be a saint. The Darkling is rather an opposite, everybody believes him to be an evil tyrant ruling Ravka in blood. But to be honest, Alina is rather boring in this book. She is really just a poor little girl all weak and whiny one again. So much potential and such a disappointment. The Darkling...he is just evil. I really miss his charm from the book one. And I really did not like how he acted in the last scene..was rather...hmm...wtf? Then we have Mal...you guys know how much I hate Mal, well that did not change. I agree with people saying that he is a little bit less annoying as before but still...I miss good old times when Mal was nobody and well literary not in the story! But we also got to know other Grisha in this book more which I really liked. Yes, it is no secret that when reading about them all traveling and fighting I saw three musketeers story between my eyes but oh well... I love Genya and Zoya is not so bad too after all. What I did find troubling with the characters though is the fact that so many died. For me I started not to register names anymore because well... everybody dies. LOVE: No more love triangle. Darkling is completely out of the picture as love interest. There is of course Nikolai but who are we kidding. It is more than clear Alina is with Mal and Mal only from page one. Sad. PLUS: This book was definitely more easy than the second book in the trilogy. But personally I did not like much how the story ended. It was okay I guess. But only okay. MINUS: I am a little bit disappointed. I missed court. The Apparat part really killed me. And some things made no sense. I am sorry. I really loved the first book and I was expecting way much more from the story. EXTRA: I loved the story itself, I loved the world and the magic of Grisha. But it left me disappointed. Four out of five stars mainly because of the world the story is based in.