My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
“Why won’t you leave me alone?” I whispered one night as he hovered behind me while I tried to work at my desk.
Long minutes passed. I didn’t think he would answer. I even had time to hope he might have gone, until I felt his hand on my shoulder.
“Then I’d be alone, too,” he said, and he stayed the whole night through, till the lamps burned down to nothing.”
You know sometimes when you read a book but have no idea how you feel about it? I guess I could say this book revoked those feelings from me. There are aspects which I liked but there were parts which didn’t really do it for me. Yes it is just a matter of personal opinion, there were just things I didn’t particularly agree on myself BUT it was rather enjoyable and I would never say I regret reading it.
So in this part Alina is on the run with Mal, from the Darkling and she seems to be struggling fitting in with all the new power she acquired being a ‘Sun Summoner’ and all. The Darkling also seems stronger and more determined to complete his mission getting her to side with him. Alina just doesn’t seem to be fitting in any where, and the one person who could ground her (Mal) seems to be slipping further and further away from her. As difficult as it is she has to decide what she must do in order to succeed in fulfilling her role as the Sun Summoner.
The best scenes for me were ones that contained the Darkling and it’s a shame that we didn’t get to read about many of those. I’m sure everyone else loved his character as much as me so why did we not get enough of him throughout the book? He’s supposed to be the villain in all of this but I can’t find it in my dark hero loving book heart to despise him or think any less of him. I mean in my opinion the ultimate solution would be Alina just accepting his plea in joining forces with him so they can rule Ravka together. I’m not going to start book two for another week or so but I’m really hoping I get what I was deprived on in this part which was the Darkling!
As far as Mal is concerned I found that I liked/didn’t like him at the same time. It’s hard not to like the warrior/soldier/childhood best friend type of hero but at the same time, I feel we are readers didn’t actually get learn much about him. He was portrayed in a light where he came across as jealous and insecure, making him look like the man who couldn’t really understand his other half, but I know that’s not the case. I feel Alina is to be blamed just as much, she can’t play the victim card each time. But I did not fall in to that trap of feeling sorry for Alina so it’s all good!
And Stormhound *sighs* was just perfect in everything he did. He played the perfect role. His banter was the funniest, absolutely everything that came out of his mouth was genius and it got me wishing the story was told from his point of view instead of Alina’s. That would have been so fun to read! I hope I get much more of him in the third and final book because he is one character I most definitely cannot tire of.
So overall, I hope the next book is much better than this one. I hope Alina doesn’t annoy me as much, I hope the Darkling is there for every part of the book, and I hope Stormhound also returns. Please be better and don’t let me down book three!