Sequel to Shadow and Bone
Alina and Mal, having fled the Darkling are struggling to live their new lives. Alina can't run from her new life as the Sun Summoner but is haunted by the people she allowed to die in the Fold. All the while, they know that the Darkling is hunting them in order to control Alina's power once and for all.
The Darkling, driven by his desire for complete power, has become even more twisted by his desire for more power and control and has returned with an evil new plan. His magic has grown and expanded to create a new army populated by dark, shadow warriors that may be unstoppable.
Alina will find herself returning to the very place she fled with the help of an infamous privateer who may not be all that he seems. Though she is dedicated to fighting and defeating the Darkling at any cost necessary to save her beloved Ravka, she is plagued by worries and doubts. As her power grows, she finds herself losing the things she values most and being drawn closer and closer to the Darkling instead. In the end, Alina will have to make choices between those she loves, her country and her power in order to determine her future. Will she be able to save them all, or will she be lost to the darkness both inside and out?
Alina is a great character with lots of both fight and heart - This is a great series if you like your heroines to be both sassy and smart!
Ages 12 and up 978-0-8050-9460-2 432 pages
Read alines: The Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Earthsea, Singer of All Songs, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Grave Mercy, Graceling
Recommended by: Brandy Huffman, MLS, Librarian, North Carolina USA