Series: The Grisha #2
Also in this series: Shadow and Bone, Ruin and Rising
Published by Square Fish on June 17th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General
Also by this author: Six of Crows, Shadow and Bone, Ruin and Rising
Paperback provided by My Wallet (purchased)
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. Siege and Storm is the second book in The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.
Siege and Storm is an action packed follow-up to Shadow and Bone. I can’t say enough about how much I LOVE this series. I pretty much read this entire book in one day.
Siege and Storm picks up right where Shadow and Bone left off. The reader is given more details about this world and the Grisha powers. Alina, is going to face off with The Darkling. I am really sad to see that The Darkling has very little redeeming qualities in this story. He is ruthless and he pushes Alina to her breaking point. Alina does even more growth in this story and really claims her title as Sun Summoner. She transforms into something almost dark at times, but she has such a good heart. I LOVED how she handles herself.
Mal and Alina really try to get away, but they leave an almost breadcrumb trail for The Darkling to find them. Once he captures them, he takes them on a detour to capture the scales of a mythical creature. Things get really interesting for everyone around this point. This book explores more of this fantastical world. The characters got aboard ships, fly, and travel by foot. The details in the writing left a clear picture in my mind of teach scene taking place. I loved the language, food, climate, and dress of this Russian-ish world. Seriously, this is fantasy of great detail. The author leaves no aspect untouched.
Oh, we get to know some very interesting people in this book. You might have thought we knew everyone from the introductions in the first book, but no. The author has saved one of the best characters for this story. A PIRATE named Sturmhond! (or privateer, as he likes to be called) There is so much more than meets the eye there. This story also introduces us to some new Grisha. I’ll just leave it at that. Just know, I loved all of them.
Again, the author made me tear up and laugh out loud. The bonds between some of these characters restored my hope and tore my heart out at the same time. I am still shipping Mal and Alina. Others may try to claim Alina’a heart, but it beats for him and only him. I just want them to stop hurting each other, gahh!
I loved that Shadow and Bone ended on in a good place. I mean the story could have ended there, but I am so glad it didn’t. Siege and Storm leaves no doubt that another book is necessary. I am so glad I already have it here at the ready. Needless to say, I am currently reading the third book in the series, Ruin and Rising. My absolute favorite thing about this series so far, is that it is so easy to pick up each book and get swept away into this magic land with these awesome people. I couldn’t even begin to guess what happens next. The author has done nothing but surprise me so far. This book is brilliant!