Spoiler free 🙂
I FINISHED THIS BOOK TWO MINUTES AGO AND I CANNOT GET OVER THE PLOT TWIST. W H A T.
MY ADVICE: GO READ THIS. RIGHT NOW.
Don’t forget to read the Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows first though or you’ll get BADLY spoiled…
OKAY. OKAY. I DON’T THINK MY BRAIN HAS PROCESSED THIS YET.
*SCREAMS IN SPANISH*
A few thoughts:
1. Nikolai Lantsov is amazing and I LOVE HIM.
2. Leigh Bardugo is a queen.
3. Nina is also a queen and hella relatable.
4. THE PLOT FREAKING TWISTS WHAT???
5. How do writers even plan these things?
6. I love Hanne!!!
7. Please read this series I beg you.
8. All the mentions of Alina and Kaz and Matthias KILLED ME.
9. I’m not over this.
Ok I’m done I promise let’s get to the important t stuff but can I just saw this book was BRILLIANT and amazing!!!
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.
The monster is me and I am the monster.
↳ the characters
Hm can I just say I love every single character. Somehow, I still love the Darkling (even though I don’t like him like him like some people do because let’s face it he’s a psychopath) (okay the fact that he is smoking hot might help me like him… oops)…
Nikolai has been my favourite from the beginning, always and and always will be. Same for Nina. Something else about Nina, it was so hard for me to imagine her as she is in this book? I kept thinking of her as she looks in Six of crows. I kept realising that no, she doesn’t look like this but my old image of her kept coming back. ugh.
But a person I did not expect to take a liking to in this book was… Zoya. Whatever her last name is because let’s face the truth again I read her last name like “jdoaoedhb” every. single. time ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Also, Isaak was such a fun character!!! For a new character I got attached to him sooooo fast!
Also, can we talk about Yuri for a second? GOD Yuri made me want to punch a wall, jump off a bridge or commit (murder or suicide who knows). SO. FRUSTRATING. But I think that was the point so…
I have to admit I forgot some of the characters (it took me a second to remember Adrik) and their names doesn’t make it easier ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
↳ the story/the plot
Hi I’m still not over that plot twist.
The story and the plot was AMAZING okay? It wasn’t necessarily filled with action but it was enough for me to stay hooked to the story.
The different POVs were less good for me, because I found myself craving Nina’s POV more for some reason? As much as I LOVE Nikolai, Nina was just more interesting, and her chapter were SHORTER. SMH. But after the first part of the book was over, it evened out and it was fine. I also came to enjoy Isaak’s chapter a lot more than I expected! I was a little hesitant at first, because who is that guy? But after the first chapter, I was in love. This book was more about finding yourself than amazing war plans and crossovers, but there were enough that it stayed interesting.
Otherwise, the writing was amazing as always and I somehow ended up shipping Nina and Hanne. oops sorry not sorry ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
There’s still time to leap out a window.
↳ the romance
The romance here was pretty much non-existent. And it was refreshing. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE romance, but in this case the characters seemed a little to preoccupied with other matters and if a lot of romance had been involved it would have been too much. Not realistic. Another reason I love Leigh Bardugo: no unnecessary romance, no rushed romance (Kaz and Inej… oof my heart). And I mean Nikolai was one of the main characters so obviously a lot of flirting was involved.
Nikolai: *winks* Me: *swoons to death* (side note, isn’t that Nina art, GORGEOUS? Like I’m dying over here)
↳ overall thoughts
Why do I feel like I say the exact same thing over and over? No but seriously you need to read this. You will NOT regret it I PROMISE!!!
(the plot twists though. ouchhhhhh)
Re’b Ravka, they shouted. Korol Rezni. Son of Ravka. King of Scars.
Anything worth doing always starts as a bad idea.
It’s very good. You’d be surprised how many synonyms there are for handsome.
Well, let me tell you that I CANNOT wait for the next book even though this one came out… yesterday. oops. I’ll be waiting for a while… 😦
I’m going to miss all the characters sooo much!!!
IF YOU’VE READ THIS TOO, PLEASE COME SCREAM WITH ME!!!