4 stars432 pages
Published June 4, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.
After reading the first in this trilogy, Shadow and Bone, I couldn't wait to read this one.
I actually tried to read another book before reading this one (a light Meg Cabot book) - but I got too antsy. I had to know what was going to happen next in the lives of Alina and Mal! When that happens, I know that what I'm reading is good - the words are reaching out and grabbing me by the wrist and forcing me to sit down and read.
And luckily, No. 2 in the Grisha trilogy delivers. It's such a relief when you read a sequel and it's just as good (if not better) than the first.
We continue to see growth in all the characters. We follow the struggles to free Alina's world from evil. And just to make things more interesting - the love story hits some snags.
Little to no swearing and no sex.
Can't wait til the last book comes out. It's already on my To Read list.