Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Leigh Bardugo is one of my fav authors and this book sounded amazing! Nikolai and the Darkling were for sure my fav characters from the Grisha trilogy and so, I couldn’t wait to read this! But… I don’t really know what to say. This book did not start well for me. I kind of fell asleep reading it (no joke) and often felt that I had to re-read parts because I was kind of bored? It dragged so much… But I still wanted to see what was going to happen?
During the middle part of the book, I started feeling really excited and interested in the story tho. But then, the end happened and I’m not sure how to feel about it? Although I am for sure intrigued and will have to read the next book.
As for some amazing things in this book… First of all, the humor is on point for me. I just love all the sarcastic elements in it and they actually made me laugh. Another big point in this book is Zoya. I REALLY like her as a character. I love her humor and how strong she is and I loved to know more about her. I’m also really interested in all the possible romance hinted in this book regarding her. I have high hopes for it >.<
That said, you can probably tell Zoya’s POV was my fav and I just need more of her than I got here because she was by far the most interesting part of the story. Nikolai’s POV was interesting, although it could have been more intense for me (and shorter…). After the Grisha verse incident, we get to see what happened to him and how much he is struggling. But his story wasn’t as strong as I was hoping for, to be honest. As for Nina’s POV, it’s a bit more difficult for me to explain how I feel. I really like Nina and I really enjoyed reading more about her, and some parts were great! I loved seeing her grief and how much she wants to help Grisha. But I’m not sure I’m a fan of some hints we got there so… I guess I will wait to see what happens.
I liked the book and enjoyed reading it, but it wasn’t as amazing as I was hoping it to be. I know this review is a massive question mark, but as I said in the beginning, I really don’t know what to say. My thoughts are all over the place. But moral of the story, I liked it, just not as much as I was hoping to. I would still recommend it tho if you’ve read the Grisha verse and the Six of Crows duology.
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