Release Date: June 17th 2014
Series: The Grisha #3
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Monsters, Young Adult
The capital has fallen.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
This review is spoiler free!
It took me an entire year to work up the courage to finish one of my favorite series. I thought I was finally emotionally prepared, but I was not.
The feels, I swear.
I fell in love again with characters I had forgotten about (hey, it’s been a year, cut me some slack) and I was reminded how great even the secondary characters in this series are. Not a single one feels similar to another, and I love how unique they all are.
As for our main players, there was some truly great character development, especially in Mal, who I began to dislike in the second book. Although there was some angst I liked how he and Alina were willing and ready to do whatever was necessary to end all this.
I wish some characters
NIKOLAI had better treatment I but in regards to The Darkling: View Spoiler »his entire story is tragic, even more so as you begin to read a little about his childhood and Baghra’s story and understand his initial motives. Of course that doesn’t excuse who he became and he pays for that. I’m glad he got a respectful ending and I’m really content with what happened to him. « Hide Spoiler I love how Bardugo wrote his character and wow, FEELS. Especially if you read his prequel story The Demon in the Wood directly after.
Guys, the quotes in this one! They were so amazing!
“Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to
keep the truth of loneliness at bay.”
There was some slow pacing towards the beginning but once things started to get going around page forty of fifty, it was great and fast paced from then on out.
Did I mention the feels yet?
Even though I had some small issues with it and it’s not the “perfect” conclusion I wished for, it’s one that fits this series excellently, in my opinion. I couldn’t imagine it any other way.