my top 10 fav characters introduced in siege and storm
1. Nikolai Lantsov
3. the second son of the Queen of Ravka
4. Korol Rezni
5. The Too-Clever Fox, as Alina calls him
6. Vasily’s little brother
7. The ‘bastard prince’
8. scourge of the true sea
9. the prince who masquerades as a privateer
10. the pirate king
Being around Nikolai was always like this, watching him shift and change, revealing secrets as he went. He reminded me of the wooden nesting dolls I’d played with as a child. Except instead of getting smaller, he just kept getting grander and more mysterious. Tomorrow, he’d probably tell me he’d built a pleasure palace on the moon. Tough to get to, but quite a view.
Things I expected out of the Grishaverse: action, cool spy stuff, thieving, adventure, royalty, mystical powers, and heartbreak.
Things I did not expect: to have pronounced some of these names so very, very wrong the entire time I read them.
The Darkling is probably that kinda guy who says stuff like “Change is good. Change is necessary. Change is what will change us, shape us.” But in reality he would use the Cut on someone if his favourite coffee mug got misplaced or someone added a slightly less shade of black tshirt in his wardrobe.
“Who are you, and what are you playing at?”
“Nikolai Lantsov, but please don’t make me recite all my titles again. It’s no fun for anybody, and the only important one is ‘prince’.”
“And what about Sturmhond?”
“I’m also Sturmhond, commander of the Volkvolny, scourge of the True Sea.“
Mal found me there, head buried in my arms, coat covered in green needles. He offered me his hand, but I ignored it. “I’m all right,” I said, though nothing could have been less true. “It’s getting dark. You shouldn’t be out here alone.” “I’m the Sun Summoner. It gets dark when I say it does.”