Orginally read and review written in May 2015
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?
I certainly waited too long to read this book. Four stars because I feel like I want more. Need more in this book. This might come from my high expectations.
The writing and pacing are good. The Russian influences are quite clear in this world, and I like that. It certainly makes a change from the usual fantasy set worlds. It does create a lot of terms I was unfamiliar with, but once I was swept up by the story I grasped the terms fairly quickly. The magic set-up is interesting, and I like that there are different kind of magic-users.
As many others I was quite taken with the Darkling. Powerful, brooding men is what we seem to be drawn to, but I think the author wrote him really well.
Alina does seem to be like many other Ya heroines, but I liked her. She’s sassy, and I understand her. Her friendship with Genya was great. I feel like I need to know more of Mal, but at this point I do like him as a character.
As for the romance, despite the love triangle, I enjoyed it. Normally I dislike triangles, but in this case I was rooting Alina a long in both cases. I knew where it was going, but it didn’t bother me. It wasn’t constant mooning and swooning.