Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Status: Second in a completed trilogy
Publication Date: 2013
Page Count: 285
Also by Leigh Bardugo: Shadow and Bone
*Spoiler free for the entire series*
I'll skip the in depth synopsis since this is book two, but basically this book picks up right where the first one leaves off. Ravaka is in danger, the Darkling is on the loose and hungry for power and revenge, and Alina is in the middle of it all. I felt like this one had a little less action than the first book, but there was still plenty to go around.
I really liked the new characters that were introduced in this book. For some reason, I'm always skeptical and a little biased against new characters that pop up in the middle of series. I don't know why, but it seems like these characters have to work harder to win me over. The new characters in this book, especially Sturmhond really added to the story.
It's really unclear where the romance in this series is going. I feel like the romance will be an element that makes or breaks the third book for me. I really enjoyed how fast paced and easy to dive into the first two books in this series have been, and the third book is much larger than the first two so it must be extremely action packed!
I do think I enjoyed the first book in this series more than this one, but this one was good too. I'm kinda eager to read the third and final book in the series and see how everything wraps up.