Siege and Storm (The Grisha#2) by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Pages: 432 (Hardcover)
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. 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.
Oh, man, this novel has done a number on my heart. Although this sequel is by no means better than the original, it has both impressed and disappointed me but I still liked it a lot. The new characters are undeniably loveable and certain situations are more intense than ever.
For some reason, in Shadow and Bone, I never realized just how childish Alina is, instead of growing up and learning from her mistakes and the mistakes of others she just acts even more greedy and self-centred. The middle part is also really boring with only a little bit of action. It’s mostly just planning and the romances building up or breaking down. The ending is a little too tied up nicely also since everyone and everything just so happens to get what they deserve (I’m trying not to give too much away!)
But, oh goodness, do I love some of these new characters! Prince Nikolai is amazing with his sense of humour, he seems so realistic. The relationship between Alina and Mal is again realistic because throughout the story, they show cracks, heartbreak, as well as their love for one another. As always, the writing is beautiful just like in the first one with lovely imagery and realism.
Siege and Storm is still a great story. The problems that I had with it are because of the fact that the flaws that I either overlooked or just didn’t realize are so glaringly obvious in this one. Nonetheless, I recommend this to anyone who has read the first one or like novels with strong heroines (with a tragic flaw) and mythical creatures so enchanting it’s shocking that they’re not real.
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