I picked this book out because Owlcrate talks about it frequently, and one of my best friends named one of her dog’s, Alina, after the main character!
Alina Starkov, an orphan, was raised by Duke Keramsov, a renowned war hero who takes in orphans, alongside her friend Malyen “Mal” Oretsev.
One day when they’re eight years old, they are tested by the Grisha, the world’s magical military force. They are not Grisha and continue to live as civilians.
Years pass and Alina and Mal are now soldier’s, about to trek across the Show Fold, an area of the world ravaged by pure darkness, unspeakable evil and vicious monsters.
Alina and the other soldier’s get attacked in the Shadow Fold! One of her friends gets taken away by one of the monsters and Mal gets injured! Alina protects Mal against her body and seeing all the chaos. All of a sudden, a bright magical light bursts forth from Alina, a power never known to her.
The Darkling, the leader of the Grisha, now tells Alina she’s Grisha and needs to go at once before others hear of her powers, people who would hurt her. She must hone her powers to save the world and break the evil that resides in the Shadow Fold.
Will Alina survive the monsters and those who would harm her?
Will she see her friends again?