Published: Square Fish, May 7th, 2013
Source: Paperback, purchased
How I Felt: I absolutely loved this book! I was a little worried about reading this because I heard that it's slow paced and full of world building, and while it was full of amazing world building, it was in no way slow paced! It took me a while to finish because I had to take large breaks from reading because of school, but when I finally had time for reading, I flew through this! If I didn't have to read it like this I probably would've been able to finish it in three days.
Going into this book I've heard nothing but amazing things about the Darkling. Even though he's evil everyone loves him. I just didn't see it and I feel like I'm the only one. I was all for Mal in this book, especially toward the end. The Darkling was just pure evil (and he's also old enough to be her great-grandpa), and I couldn't find it in me to like him at all.
Genya and David were amazing, I hope we get to see more of them! I also want to see more of Zoya because I feel like she'd make a good ally in the future for Alina.
I definitely want to learn more about the origins of the powers in the next books, I would love to learn more about how someone can have them and where they originally came from. I also really want to learn more about the Apparat and what angle he's playing, in this book he was such a big mystery and I definitely have my theories.
Alina was a great protagonist, she was so realistic and funny. I loved getting to see her train and become stronger and really start to grow as a person. She's just so stubborn and smart and I'm excited to see her character grow into her power and come into her own. The decisions she made, and how she viewed her situations were so realistic and so easy to relate to and I really loved that aspect of her.
I will admit the ending made me cry (it seems like every book I've read recently has made me cry). It was so touching to see such growth in Alina, and her determination to keep her values and stay herself. It was adorable to see her with Mal again.
Overall, I really loved this book! I highly recommend it for fantasy fans! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book and see how the world develops and where the story goes!
- “I'm sorry it took me so long to see you, Alina. But I see you now.”
- “They are orphans again, with no true home but each other and whatever life they can make together on the other side of the sea.”
- “You're shaking."
"I'm not used to people trying to kill me."
"Really? I hardly notice anymore.”
***Quotes taken from Goodreads.com and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo***
*Info on book taken from Goodreads.com*
*Images taken from Google.ca