Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
No. of pages: Paperback; 496
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: June 2017 (Originally published Jun. 4, 2013)
Date Read: May 28, 2018
Second book in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy
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. (Goodreads)
I honestly don’t know how I’ve slept on so many series. It definitely could be the fact that when these were first published, I was beginning my college career, but it’s whatever. This series was by far one of the most interesting, fast-paced, action packed, character/plot twist set of book I’ve ever read. And I loved every minute of it and read them all within 2 days because I couldn’t put them down.
For this review, I’ll just be talking about Siege and Storm.
When we ended with Shadow and Bone, Mal and Alina had run off after fighting the Darkling and completely leaving the ship they were on for dead in the middle of The Unsea. In the few weeks/months that have passed, they’ve been trying to make enough money to completely get away from Ravka while also trying to hide the fact that Alina is the Sun Summoner. The Darkling finds them and makes Mal track another creature that will help Alina’s power become stronger and for him to use. The captain of the ship that the Darkling has procured, Sturmhond, helps them to escape and takes them back to Ravka, because he also happens to be the Ravkan prince, Nikolai. As Alina continues to work alongside Nikolai and Mal to find the third amplifier, the Darkling still has a tie to her and pulls her onto a path of forbidden magic. As she tries to do what’s best for everyone, the Darkling attacks again and Alina must decide is she’ll destroy the Darkling and herself, or if she’ll save her country by saving herself.
I loved the fact that this book was non-stop action. Even the “slow” moments matter in the process of the story. The details matter more than you realize in the entire outlook of the story. The relationships between all the characters, even the ones we’re just introduced to in this book, play such a huge role. Also, the growth that all of these characters experience just in the length of this book is so well written.
One of my favorite things in this book is the growing friendship of Nikolai and Alina. They get along so well from the beginning and I just love the way that their friendship seems to grow so organically. Even though Alina and Mal’s relationship seems to drain her at times, Nikolai just seems like a breath of fresh air for her. Also, I think it helps that Nikolai understands how it feels to not really fit in anywhere. She has someone that can actually relate to her even though she’s Grisha and he’s not.
Honestly, I think Leigh Bardugo creates such a great story that draws people in. She writes characters that you either absolutely love or you hate that you love them. Siege and Storm was such a great addition to this amazing world that she has created.