the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a
swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on
human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when
her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally
injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that
could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from
everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be
trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it
seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her
untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . .
. and the secrets of her heart.
I’m not sure what took me so long to get to this. Time, other books I’d rather read, but no matter what, now I get what all the fuss is about. I loved this book and am so eager to read on! I finally gave in and bought a copy of this, don’t remember if it was on sale, or if I decided to use my extra employee appreciation discount back in November to save more on it, but I bought it, and it was one of my goals to get it read this year. One of my Bookish Resolutions. Now, because I’m new to the series, there are questions I have that probably those who have read them all know the answers to. Like, did we know the Darkling’s real name? And then so much was left kind of up to not know what is true and who is good and who is bad, etc! I can’t wait to have time to read on in this series. So while this is a pretty short review, that’s because I know so many of you have probably already read it. But just know that I loved it and that I think the hype is totally well deserved!