Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
This book was amazing!! I have no words for it. Leigh Bardugo is the queen of fantasy right now. The characters were amazing and I don’t know whether to love or hate the Darkling (secretly he needs to have a redemption arc and beg forgiveness from Alina, whereupon she will reject him and eventually defeat him after a long battle). If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should keep reading.
The characters were magical!!! They were all so complex and talented in their own way!! I would kill to meet them and at the same time back out of the contest because I don’t know how likely I am to survive the encounter. I think that all of the characters were really developed and talented. All of them were really unique and I can’t wait to read the next book just to know what happened to them.
My favorite character was Alina (when I started the book I was thinking it would be Darkling and how much I would talk about wanting him to be my future husband . . . not now). She was so empowering and strong-willed. Honestly, if she was running for president, I would vote for her. I loved how unique she was, she didn’t do something just because someone else wanted it, she did it because she wanted it. I love how Alina befriends people and how grumpy she is, she reminds me of Nina Zenyik in Six of Crows.
The plot was amazing!!! I was constantly kept on my toes and couldn’t wait to see what happened next (except in some instances). At some points, I just broke down and couldn’t read anymore. The worst part was that most of these times were when I was at school and didn’t have anything else to do. I could tell that Leigh Bardugo was a debut author but her writing style was still very prominent then. But what I loved the most about this book was the effort and dedication that went into it. You could see how much Ms. Bardugo loved this book and how much of herself she put into it. If I ever publish a book, then I want people to notice something like that.
The setting was familiar yet different. I have read books set in the world of the Grisha before (Six of Crows) meaning that I had met some of the characters before I read this book and accidentally got spoiled as to what would happen in the ending (if you read Crooked Kingdom closely enough you’ll figure it out). The setting was very descriptive, but I wish that the backstory was more detailed. Honestly, the setting was probably the worst part of the book but it was really well written for a debut novel.
This book was amazing!!! Thank you to Angelica at Dreaming of Fiction for pushing me to read this. I probably would’ve gotten around to it a lot later than I did. If you haven’t followed her blog then get over there and do it. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee