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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


Siege and Storm

by Leigh Bardugo

Published by Henry Holt and Company

Book 2 in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy

Book 2 in the Grishaverse Series


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.


RATED: 14+ CATEGORY: MOOD:

Violence Young Adult Meh.

High-Fantasy

Romance

Seige and Storm is the second book in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, and second book in the Grishaverse Series by Leigh Bardugo. It centers around Alina, the sun summoner, who is the last book, escaped the clutches of the darkling, and escaped to an unfamiliar land with her best friend and now, boyfriend, Mal. Before they can embark on a new life together though, the past comes back for them. Now Alina must come to terms with her power, try to save her home country, and not lose herself in the process.


I wasn't overly impressed with this second book. It wasn't quite as bad as other second books in a series/trilogy, but I was unimpressed, which is disappointing for a series that is being adapted to the screen. A large portion of this book was very much filler, and back and forth war meetings. Not much happened until the end of the book. I will admit though, there were moments in this book that still made me emotional, so obviously, it isn't terrible. It's just not on the same level as the first book.

I think the main problem, is that there was very little growth with the characters. Alina seems to have come to terms with her power, but otherwise, I don't see how she has grown from her experiences from the last book. Mal hasn't really grown either, and they are the romantic couple in this book. I will say, I have listened to a few podcasts reviewing this book, and people don't like Mal, or how he acts in this book. And yeah, he doesn't make good choices. But, let me play devils advocate here. We know Alina feels insecure in their relationship. I think its very reasonable to say, that he does as well. I mean, there is now a handsome, intelligent prince who would like Alina to be queen. Mal was proud of his position in the First Army, and because he ultimately abandons the army to help Alina, he is dishonorably discharged. So here he is ... cast off from the army dishonorably, his best friend and the woman he loves is this highly regarded Grisha, considered a Saint by some. Powerful men seem interested in her. Mal, who was always popular, is at the bottom of the totem pole now, and in his desperation to hold onto something, he acts out. Alina doesn't make good choices either. It took her WAY too long to tell someone she was seeing the darkling, and she doesn't take any time for Mal and her to connect. And yeah, I know, she is trying to save the country, but there were lots of times she was talking to Nikolai where she could have spent some time with Mal.


I'm rambling. I know. It's what I do.


Speaking of Nikolai, I really enjoyed him. He was a fun addition to this series, and I hope to see more of him. I was holding out h