Siege and Storm Book Review

Siege and Storm Book Cover Siege and Storm
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
Leigh Bardugo
Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Square Fish
June 17th 2014 (first published June 4th 2013)
Paperback
432

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. Book one, Shadow and Bone, is a New York Timesbestseller, and book 3, Ruin and Rising, is an Amazon Best Book of the Year and a USA Today bestseller. This title has Common Core connections, and this deluxe paperback edition features bonus materials like an interview with Leigh Bardugo, a bonus short story, "The Tailor," and more.

This has been the first time in a long time that I have been able to binge read a series. Usually, I read a book (usually a standalone) in between books from a series. But with this series… it felt different. I just needed more! And Siege and Storm is nothing short of amazing. As the second book of the Storm and Bone trilogy, I slightly worried it wouldn’t be as good. But I was undoubtedly wrong and it is OUTSTANDING.

The map of the world Grisha. Got to see more in Siege and Storm!
“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.”

Not only is there introductions to brand new locations within the world, but there is also brand new characters as well as new dangers. The suspense throughout Siege and Storm kept me at the edge of my seat!

What an intricate, political and vast world. I love learning about all the varioues places that belong with the city and the boundaries of Os Alta. I also love learning about all the problems that came along with these locations. How different each region of people look at the Grisha was super interesting. Some regions didn’t look at Grisha differently, but other regions downright reviled them.

I feel so strongly that there is so much more to learn from this world nad I really look foward to seeing more in the future books!

“The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.”

As for the characters, holy cow. They are still out of this world good. Alina’s character grew so much in Siege and Storm. Once upon a time she was only a girl with a relatively normal life. But she is thrown into a world where she didn’t think she belonged. Being a Grisha, she needed to train and hone her skills. Throughout the book, she grows and grows and I love seeing her develop her abilities as a unique Grisha.

Mal is also super incredibly and I adore him. I adore how much he protects Alina from the evil clutches of the Darkling.

Speaking of which, oh my god the Darkling is evil and I love it. Even though he is just evil and cruel, Siege and Storm allows the reader to read more into his life and his backstory. He is really a character that I love to hate and is the perfect villain.

MY DARLING NIKOLAI. I WOULD FIGHT FOR HIM.

AND WE ARE ALSO INTRODUCED TO NIKOLAI WHO IS AN ABSOLUTELY KICK ASS PIRATE PRINCE AND I NEED MORE OF HIM K THANKS BYE.

Overall, I LOVED Siege and Storm. Bardugo has blown me away once again. I think I loved this book more than the first one. It is chockablock with action, friendships, and adventure. I am just wanting to know how it all ends!

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