Siege and Storm
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, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But 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 volunteered to read SIEGE AND STORM because I had heard good things about the first book. I figured I'd have plenty of time before this review was due to read SHADOW AND BONE before embarking on SIEGE AND STORM. Then real life hit. Thanks to work being super-duper busy it was Thursday before I remembered this review was coming due. While mentally preparing myself to send an email to Abigail letting her know I'd have to reschedule I decided to sit down and start SHADOW AND BONE.
Next thing I knew it was 2:30 in the morning and I had finished the book. Then I did the same thing the next night with SIEGE AND STORM.
So it goes without saying that I really, really liked these books. Leigh Bardugo has written what has to be one of the better YA fantasy novels I've read in ages. She writes with a refreshing directness that at no point feels like she's dumbing things down simply to get a piece of the YA market. Every character feels real and the Bardugo keeps you totally invested in all of them.
Alina misses the point a lot and spends just a tad too much time worrying about whether her boyfriend loves her as much as she loves him. In the hands of a lesser writer those two things could have ruined the book, yet Bardugo has fleshed out Alina enough that you see those actions for what they are -- the thoughts and actions of any teenager. Let alone one thrust in to the situations Alina has been. Mal has been the one real constant in Alina's life so it's completely understandable that she focuses on that a lot once everything in her life gets even more crazy.
Alina, Mal and the rest of the characters in the book undergo a lot of changes in SIEGE AND STORM and not all of them are for the better. The book starts at a full sprint and never lets up till the very end. The only bad thing I can really say about this book is that I'm sad I'm going to need to wait a year to get my hands on RUIN AND RISING, the third book in The Grisha series.
- Shadow and Bone
- Siege and Storm
- Ruin and Rising
- The Lays of Anuskaya series by Bradley Beaulieu
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