Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
In this second installment to The Grisha Trilogy, Mal and Alina are running away from the Darkling, only to be captured but then saved by a suave pirate by the name of Strumhond. From there the cutthroat pirate helps them capture and kill the sea serpent so that Alina now has two amplifiers. They begin to trust Sturmhond until he informs them that he has been paid to take them back to Ravka. What they later find out is that he is actually the younger Prince Lanstov and he is trying to save Ravka and eventually take the throne from his older brother Vasily.
The whole second book is a play for power. They’re on the run from the Darkling, Mal and Alina don’t know whether they can trust each other or those around them, they’re running from the Apparat and his eccentric followers, all the while looking for the third amplifier the firebird of Ravka.
I loved this book as much as the first one. There were so many twists and turns and the plot was a roller coaster of emotions. I want so badly for Mal and Alina to work it out but there’s something endearing about Prince Nickolai. The Darkling just sucks all around. I especially hate him after what he did to Bagrha and Genya.