This book really caught my interest right off the bat. It is also a relatively fast read which was nice. This book was written in first person which is probably my favorite way for a book to be written. I think that this trilogy is going to be one that I do end up loving. The biggest issue I had with the story was that there wasn’t a lot of world building. The reader is just thrust into the world and expected to figure out things without much explanation given. I don’t know that that necessarily detracts from the story though. It was a pain in the beginning but once I got into the story I really didn’t care all that much about the lack of world building.
I really liked Alina’s character. I related to her quite a bit; especially her desire to belong somewhere since I have that same desire. I think that the book was a tad bit predictable though. I guessed relatively early on what the ‘plot twist’ was going to be but I am partially wondering if the author meant for it to be predictable?
Not much happened within the story until the last 40%-30% of the book. Mostly it just dealt with Alina’s training and learning a bit about the Grisha school. However, that didn’t mean that it was boring. There was action in some parts and seeing Alina come into her magic was nice as well.
I feel that this book was a great read and even though it was predictable I didn’t find myself disappointed.
I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.