Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2
Publication: June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.
Genre: Young Adult ~ Fantasy
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Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
I loved Siege and Storm just as much as I did Shadow and Bone. Maybe even a bit more! I just think this is a great fantasy book that has all the right elements. It was excellently excecuted and just wonderfully written.
Now that I have finished it, I must say that I’m pleasantly surprised by the change Alina made from the first book. She’s still a lot like how she was in Shadow and Bone but you can tell she changed a lot. Not all of it can be considered good but I was impressed by her.
There was romance in Siege and Storm, though it doesn’t overshadow the plot of the story. Now that the Darkling is away more or less, there was more opening for Alina and Mal’s relationship. I have nothing against Mal or anything. I do like him but he isn’t my favorite person in this series, especially this book. It’s obvious that he and Alina are drifting apart. And the Darkling? I don’t know what to say about him. He was not much in the book, except for a few times but damn he’s evil. I still love him, though.
There were quite a lot new characters and I don’t want to linger too much on them but the most important one was obviously Sturmhond. And for the sake of spoilers I’m not going to reveal who he really is but I have to admit that I was really surprised by it. I will say, though, that I kind of ship him and Alina. I wonder if I’m the only one who feels like that. But anyway, he’s awesome.
Like with Shadow and Bone, the plot in this book was flawless. I love how things ended up fitting together like a puzzle piece and yet the author kept me on the edge of my seat, with even more questions that I wanted the answer to. I also think that Leigh Bardugo writes exquisitely. I’m really in love with her writingstyle.
The only negative thing, which is not even that big of a deal, is that around after the first half of the book the story seemed to slow down a bit too much for me. This is probably just a personal issue but for a while I had to keep pushing to read, though it soon picked up again.
All in all, Siege and Storm was almost perfection. I enjoyed it immensely and can’t wait to start the final book.
Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, The Dregs, arrives fall 2015.