Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 15 July, 2013 by Amanda / 26 Comments

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo {Amanda’s Review}Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2
four-stars
Also in this series: Shadow and Bone
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 435
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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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.

I’ll take one notorious privateer, please.

Thoughts on Siege and Storm

Oh, Leigh Bardugo. What have you done to me?

Shadow and Bone leaves Mal and Alina fleeing to ‘safety’. But let’s be honest: as long as the Darkling is alive, Alina will never be safe–nor will anyone else. And if you thought the Darkling was dangerous in Shadow and Bone, the Darkling of Siege and Storm is even more so.

And I am intrigued. Because who the Darkling is and what he does changes Alina and drives Siege and Storm forward. The Darkling is why Alina is who she is. And the relationship between the two is one that I’d like more of a chance to poke and prod at. It’s not easily defined.

Alina is beginning to grow into her powers, but growing into her powers has consequences and complications. For who she is. For her relationships. For how people react to her. And it had me turning the pages as fast as I could, trying to read more.

There are a lot of factors at play here. A lot. The world that fractured in Shadow and Bone has only continued unraveling and unraveling and unraveling. We get introduced to new characters. The notorious privateer? Probably my favorite new addition. And I want more of him.

And the ending? I need it to be 2014 now so I can get my hands on Ruin and Rising. Siege and Storm is a satisfying second book in the Grisha trilogy. Not quite as hypnotizing as Shadow and Bone, but still enough to break my brain and have me aching for the final installment.

four-stars

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26 Responses to “Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I picked this up a few weeks ago and got 100 pages in. I haven’t picked it back up since. I blam my mood and voracious appetite for romance these days. So I will leave it for when I’m craving high fantasy again, and I know I will enjoy it. I’m already freaking out over the subtle changes I’m seeing in Alina, and Sturmhond is definitely memorable!

  2. SO FABULOUS!! I am so intrigued by Darkling (while wanting to strangle him in his sleep. So smarmy!) and their relationship is one of the crucial elements of the book. I highly enjoyed the privateer! We definitely need more of him.

  3. I’m not sure if I’ll read this one. I liked the first one, but I wasn’t as blown away as other people were. I also feel torn on the cover … it looks sooo much like the first cover! I guess that’s good for tying them both together, but whenever I see the cover for the second book, I have to remind myself the name of the first book or I think they’re one and the same.

    Anyway … great review! I’m glad you liked this one!

  4. YES AMANDA!!! I definitely want to poke and prod the Alina/Darkling relationship as well. It’s just so complex and fascinating and I want MORE. Though I was a little bummed by his absence in this one, the addition of the privateer more than made up for it. He was hilarious and I might be a little in love with him:) Is it 2014 yet?

  5. Oh! What you do to my brain!! I guess I’m going to finally have to place my book order, so I can get this one here. OR maybe I should wait closer to book 3 release. Urgh!

    I’m so excited to see that there is still a BIG old’? above the Darkling’s head. I love the complexity there. I’ve been hearing tons of awesome about the new guy. LOVE it! Make us work for it Bardugo.

  6. I really love this series, I finished this book recently too. I can’t wait for 2014 either! They definitely do need more of the privateer and I can’t wait to see what happens in the final book :)

  7. Dude.
    YES.
    TO ALL THE THINGS. From the Darkling, and that messy, complicated relationship and interplay, to the hypnotism and the privateer. Just… YES.

    Ugh, you know how sometimes you read a review, and you know it just completel negates the need for you to write one, because it captures everything so PERFECTLY? THIS. ♥

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