OOF. Sequels kill me. They are always filled with strife between couples, and there’s usually another love interest added to the mix and you can’t help but like him. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t know how these books lead to the events in the King of Scars. I’m thankful for the knowledge, I think it helped me make it through it. Not that it was bad, because it was amazing and I freaking love this series. (Shadow and Bone review here).
Alina is a warrior with the weight of the world on her shoulders and it kills me. She has to assume so much responsibility and it’s so hard to watch her struggle through it. It’s also so hard to watch her and Mal fall apart. I want them to be perfect and happy, but it’s so true that they each are asking the other to be someone they aren’t. I like Alina and Nikolai’s relationship. How they learn from each other and encourage each other.
I NEED to see some romance from David and Genya, like right now because they are precious and I really want to see how they interact with each other. Sorry, that was a side note, but it needed to be said. Speaking of Genya, her scars are super sad and I want to see her become confident in the third book.
There were so many twists and turns in this book, and I love how I get to see so much of the world of Grisha. I am seeing how all the books Bardugo has written connect to each other. They are interwoven into each other.
Back to the romance, I really need Mal and Alina to love each other again. I need them to get their acts together and to support each other and I need the freaking Darkling to back the hell up from Genya.
When does Zoya freak the freak out with all her amazing power? I am ready for it. Please give it to me.
That’s a lot of stuff to take in, and I would love to know what you thought of this book, what you think of my thoughts, and maybe who your favorite character is!