Published by Henry Holt and Co on 6/17/2014
Genres: fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Shadow and Bone, Six of Crows
The capital has fallen.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
I put off reading this book for 6 months!!! I did not want the story to end! This is a book that I expected to ruin me, and it almost did.
I love that Alina has to learn her own strength and willpower. She’s not big on relying on those around her to help. Not because she doesn’t think she doesn’t need the help, but because she wants to protect them. Mal is… well, Mal. He can be infuriating at times, but other times he’s freaking perfect.
Alina has to deal with her want for more power, and defeating the Darkling. He’s a strong force, and she doesn’t know how she’s going to do it. She also doesn’t want to lose Mal, and she knows whatever path she chooses that it’s a big possibility.
I’m trying to leave this spoiler free, but there are battles, mind games, and battles of the heart. Grab the tissue because you will definitely need them. I was so sad to say goodbye to this series, but I loved every minute on this crazy ride.