(from Leigh Bardugo's Website)
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
“And there's nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.” ― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone
-I like this quote for no particular reason I just like the whole idea of the quote. To me I think it says that there is nothing wrong with just being and or doing something small unless you were born to do greater things. The quote also references to animals and it's something that I tend to do as well so I guess thats why I found this quote to be memorable.
Favourite Main Character: Alina Starkov
-I guess this is a pretty obvious choice since she is the true main character, but even so I found I really liked her character. I liked how she wasn't perfect, how she didn't fit in. Not only that, but I really liked her and Mal's friendship. Also I just think her ability is definitely one of the coolest out of everybody's and I am just very fascinated by the whole idea of her ability.
Favourite Side Character: David
-David isn't a huge part of this book particularly, but nonetheless he is my favourite side character. I just love how he is so curious and just completely gets into his work. In that sense he kind of reminds me of myself... Also he seems kind of nerdy which I find tends to make me like the character even more. I definitely ship him and Genya! Speaking of Genya I like her a lot too, but David is still my favourite.
Dislike: ALINA AND DARKLING'S RELATIONSHIP
-So I really wanted Mal and Alina to end up together and then you know the whole story happens and whatever, but then her and the Darkling have a thing... Just no. Obviously this is more a personal thing not everyone might feel this way, but I personally would rather her with Mal. Also though the whole Darkling part just seems so creepy. He might look young but technically he is ancient and she is like a teenager.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Basic Summary: (from Leigh Bardugo's Website)
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, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But 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.
Favourite Quote:“The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.” ― Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm
-To me this quote is not only true, but it's pretty much how I am. I mean I feel that if you say a lot and or say something a lot then after a while your words just start to mean less and less. It's those people who say little, or use words only when necessary whose words mean the most. When people know you don't say much or don't say particular things often, when you do say something they will take your words much more to heart then they would otherwise.
Favourite Main Character: Nikolai Lantsov
-So he isn't actually a main character, but even so I still think he is an important character. I realize this is about the second book, but in the third book he becomes even more important then he is even in this one. I love how Nikolai tends to act like more than one person. He can change from one unique personality to another. In general though i just like how he is unique and selfless. He truly fights for the people.
Favourite Side Character: DAVID
-Yes David is still my favourite side character! I know that he is the one who put the collar on Alina, but he didn't know the Darkling's true intentions. I just can't help liking him. I find his character to be so quirky, but just how he is so into his inventions and knowledge fascinates me and makes me love his character. David is also very stubborn and determined. Even when others would give up he keeps trying until he can solve the puzzle.
Dislike: The Darkling's weird appearances
-So in the third book they explain these appearances however in this book they don't. His appearances are rather creepy he just kind of shows up everywhere. Especially the time when they are having a certain conversation which leads to a whole bunch of other things happening. He is the reason that the drama between them got worse! I like them together a lot so the fact that the whole thing happened made me sad. Also I feel him popping up and watching her is just disturbing.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars!
-So in conclusion I liked the second book better. In the first book I found things at the beginning to be very confusing. As for what actually happens in the book I found that they both were pretty equal. They both had lots of things happen and various betrayals and alliances occurred. I very much like this series and I would suggest it to anybody who likes fantasy type books!
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