This is the second book in The Grisha Trilogy. My review for Book I, Shadow and Bone, can be found here.
Alina thought she could run from her past and escape her destiny. She can’t.
Having escaped the grips of her captor, Alina struggles to hold onto her true self, as the implications of her new-found powers begin to take hold, and she finds herself thrust into a society quite unlike her own.
In the second book in her Grisha Trilogy, Leigh Bardugo continues to unravel the wonderful world she introduced us to in Shadow and Bone. The flurry of new characters, not least the ever-intriguing Sturmhond, add a lighter, more comedic dynamic to the series, which is welcomed amongst the darker moments Alina shares with The Darkling.
However, while this balance is good, it does lead to an, at times, quite slow pace, and one does feel that the plot rather plods by, with little development throughout the course of the book.
Despite this, however, it is a light-hearted, enjoyable read that will soon fly by.