Release Date: June 4, 2013
Series: The Grisha #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
I raved about Shadow and Bone last year. It was definitely one of the best YA fantasy novels I’ve came across. Siege and Storm was an incredible follow-up to a hard to follow book. Just like its predecessor this one starts off quick and doesn’t let you go until the end…if then. I was somewhat rusty on the details of the first book, but Bardugo does a wonderful job of catching you up without an annoying information dump.
In the first book I loved seeing Alina overcome so much. Her character growth was extraordinary. She’s so capable and strong, but in Siege and Storm she has an edge. She’s walking a very fine line between good and bad. I loved that her character didn’t stop developing after book one. She still has so much to reveal to us. I think we’ve only scratched the surface on her character and I’ve very anxious to find out more.
There’s some new characters introduced in this edition. My favorite was definitely Strumhond. I just might be a little in love with him. He can’t replace The Darkling in my heart, but The Darkling is kinda…evil and I suppose that’s a negative on his part. Mal is very present as well, but I just don’t love Mal like I should. Strumhond definitely overshadowed him. Leigh Bardugo certainly has a knack for writing impossibly swoon-worthy boys.
That’s really all I’m going to say. I don’t have a extensive enough vocabulary to express my love adequately. Just read these if you haven’t. You don’t have to be a fantasy nerd like me. If you’re a fan of extremely well written books then you should like these.
Here’s my review of book one, Shadow and Bone.