Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. Retrieved 24 August 2020. She prevented him from becoming all powerful - and using her.Next
Young King Nikolai Lantsov confronts the dark magic within him that threatens to consume his very soul.
I didn't feel like either Nikolai's or Nina's stories provided a significant conflict or mystery until the very end. It felt like one of those spy novels where the protagonist is left alone in a wintery and bitter cold alpine region, only to discover that some monstrous war machine is secretly being developed in a hollow mountain. As they ride back to the palace and he transforms back into his human form, Zoya thinks about the past six months since his battle with the Darkling.Next
Nikolai wants to keep her in Ravka as his queen instead.
But I definitely had some issues with parts of the book — mostly about certain plot points that had me scratching my head a bit. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return. But then he makes a huge misstep when he enters a royal banquet: His old instincts kick in, and he steps the side to let others enter before him.Next
I love their relationship in this book.
Zoya is especially interesting. And definitely added a complexity to his character and his role as a king. But it also way surpassed them in some regards? He is a close friend of Nikolai and disguises himself as the King with Genya's tailoring when Nikolai is away.
And it was just a tiny bit too much for me to be entirely realistic.
Well you know when the next book in a series is about to come out and you can't remember all the main details of the previous books? Nikolai will be among his people searching for answers with a disguised Yuri. A local priest witnessed this whole exchange, so they knock him out, bring down a rafter, and then bring the man back to.Next
He knows it was a ploy.
They stage a demonstration, but then it seems to lose control, shooting missiles everywhere, including at the ship. Romance is minimal, which is usually a good thing, but here it might have added a much-needed hook. Disbelief came first, then surprise.Next
Zoya approaches Nikolai with a list of prospects in his search for a bride.
For Fans of: Fantasy authors like Susan Dennard and Sabaa Tahir.Next
The instances are occurring more frequently now and are working their way toward the former Shadow Fold.