My rating for this book was 4/5.
I could not get into the beginning of the book, but when things picked up, there was no going back. I found this story to be seductive. Alina and Mal are a couple of friends that are separated once Alina ‘exposes’ her powers while on the treacherous Fold. The Fold, is a dark and dangerous area that vicious beasts live in and kill whoever enter. When Alina’s powers emerge, which allows many soldiers to survive the attack, she is taken away with The Darkling, the most powerful Grisha. Grisha have superpowers that can range from something little to magnificence. But not all things turn out for the better.
While Alina was a compelling character, my heart gravitated towards The Darkling. He demanded attention and seduced the minds of all. His powers were so great and many feared him. His want to save the Fold snagged me up in an instant and I wanted him with Alina immediately.
Then there’s Mal. He was such a beautiful soul and we saw him develop into a rigid soldier while on the quest to find the deer herd for a specific object. His personality saw the the reality of war, tracking, loving and losing people. His determination and desire was a few characteristics I liked most about him.
In the end, I realized it was a fantasy book filled with romance and I can’t wait to continue the series!