This all changed when I deleted every game app on my phone and suddenly found myself with all this free time. So, I charged up my kindle, paid for and then downloaded the books and got to reading.
Editor’s note: I only used my Kindle as I thought I would be slow and didn’t want to hold up a library borrow from having the books.
As I had seen the series before reading the book I found myself reading along going ‘ooh that was in the show’ and ‘oooh I remember that scene’. It was good in a way because I knew the way I had been introduced to world was close to the source material.
There were parts in the book that were explained and viewed in a longer period, like Alina’s time at the Little Place. She was only there a short time in the series but was there for months in the book.
And as much as I am a #Darklina fan (sorry Mal), in the series The Darkling seems to form more feelings towards Alina (or what account as feelings to a Darkling) than what is alluded to in the book.
And my fear of being too slow? I read the book in three sittings!
I watched the TV Series a year ago when it came out. I had no prior knowledge of the world but I really enjoyed the show. Anything with Ben Barnes is going be good.
I liked the way the story was told and how immersive the sets where. I felt as if Ravka and the Fold could really be place on Earth.
You get shown enough of the characters to lead you down the story arc but also leave you needing more and questioning everyone’s motives.
The way it finishes off leaves you hoping and praying for a Season 2 (which was granted to us)
And now having read the book I know it mostly followed along with the source material. Though hardcore fans may not agree.
I read this imaging the world set out by the show, but with fresh eyes as I had not seen the story in the series (yet!). I really enjoyed book 2, and like book 1 I read it in three sittings!
Book 2 picks up where book 1 ends and continues Alina’s fight against The Darkling and her hopes of freeing Ravka. We are introduced to some new characters that are there to aid Alina, but you can never truly trust whose side they really are on. Some of these characters became new favourites and I cannot wait to see them depicted on screen.
I am a #Darklina fan, and I find it interesting that no matter how much Alina tries to get away from The Darkling, they always end up back with each other. It is also interesting exploring Alina’s slow acceptance of darkness within her. Is it what pulls her to The Darkling or is it a side effect of the amplifiers. I can’t wait to start book 3 to find out.
I enjoyed the introduction of Stormhund and I cannot wait to see him depicted on screen. I also cannot wait to see Alina deal with being paraded back to the Little Palace and her attempts to win over the remaining Grisha. My ever loving #Darlina heart cannot wait to see more of this ‘relationship’.
Season 2 is out today only on Netflix.