Book Review: Siege And Storm

Siege And Storm CoverBook: Siege And Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Published June 2013 by Henry Holt And Co.|Pages: 320

Where I Got It: Nook Store (e-book!)

Series: Grisha #2

Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads|You can find Leigh Bardugo at her blog, on Twitter and on Facebook

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Is it weird that I liked Siege And Storm a lot more than Shadow And Bone?  Because while I liked Shadow And Bone, I so completely loved Siege And Storm.

We have a lot of the characters from Shadow And Bone, but we also have new characters.  Like Sturmhond.  Is it weird that I like the idea of a romance between him and Alina?  Because I kind of like them together.  You could make better arguments for Mal and the Darkling, and I have the feeling that she’ll probably end up with Mal, but one can only hope, right?  Back to Sturmhond…he’s definitely eccentric but he’s also lovable, and I feel like he’s always going to do something unexpected.

Mal and Alina definitely grew apart, and there are a lot of obstacles they need to overcome if they’re going to be together.  But Alina’s power is stronger, and she and Mal seem like they’re too different to work out.

The Darkling…he’s pretty creepy.  Just as creepy in Siege And Storm as he was in Shadow And Bone.  He was there at the beginning and at the end, and only made a few appearances throughout the book.  How on earth did he manage that?  It did seem like Alina was losing it a little (and quite frankly, I don’t think I would have been surprised by that) but of course, he managed to make these random appearances himself.

There are quite a few things in Siege And Storm that were interesting.  Like, the possibilities of 3 amplifiers.  There are definitely two, and so i think it’s safe to assume that there really is a third, which is going to be the hardest to find, i think.  And that ending!  Totally unexpected, and I can’t even begin to think of what that’ll mean for…everything and everyone.

One thing about this trilogy is how Bardugo does the prologues and epilogues.  I didn’t pay too much attention to them in Shadow And Bone, but in Siege Storm…I’m not sure how I feel about them.  It’s done in a completely different style than the rest of the book, and while you get a good picture of what things are like for Alina before and after the events of the book take place, there’s also something about how it’s written that makes me feel like I’m watching what’s going on as opposed to experiencing what’s going on.

I definitely feel like I can’t properly review Siege And Storm, because there are so many things I don’t want to give away, but it far exceeded the high expectations I had after finishing Shadow And Bone.

Final Thoughts:

I loved Siege And Storm and with things ending the way they did, it’s going to be quite the wait for Ruin And Rising, which I’m totally looking forward to.  I just love the feel of this series and how detailed and imaginative it is.  Siege And Storm gets 5 stars.

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