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.
Before I properly start this review, I do feel the need to mention that amazing cover. It’s so pretty (just like the first book in the series) and it matches the plot and the story so well. Anyway, I loved Shadow and Bone, the first book in the series, so much and I was a bit worried that I might not enjoy this book as much. Thankfully, my worries came to nothing and this was a great second book in The Grisha series where so much happened with so many plot twists.
Story-wise, I was hooked the whole way through. This series definitely loves plot twists and there were quite a few things that took me totally by surprise. And the plot in this book was definitely gripping because by the end I couldn’t put it down. And wow, that was one amazing ending. It was just crazy and spectacular and I loved it!
Another thing I loved were the characters. Of course, our main character Alina was just as badass as usual, if not more so than the first book. She’s very headstrong and won’t ever let people get the better of her. So many of her scenes left me amazed and even more in love with her. I enjoyed reading about Mal too in this book, because he’s so clearly in love with Alina but he also knows that she feels a huge duty to protect Ravka, and Mal and Alina’s scenes were so interesting to read.
We also get to meet a new character in Siege and Storm – Sturmhond. He is exactly the type of character that I love in books, that is, a cocky pirate with hidden depths. I won’t say anymore about him, but trust me, you’re going to love him. Well, actually, you’ll probably fall in love with all the characters in this book. I know I did.
So, everybody should read this book because it is so much fun and it’s interesting and it has the most gorgeous settings, and I’d definitely recommend it to fantasy lovers.