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June 14, 2013

Review of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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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.

add to goodreadsSiege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

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Gabby NewThis book was fantastic. I feel that I have to start my review this way because it’s the honest truth and if I don’t say it now I’ll end up writing a whole paragraph about the fact that I just adored every moment of reading author Leigh Bardugo’s second installment in the Grisha Trilogy. I remember reading Shadow and Bone and enjoying it but not really falling in love—Siege and Storm completely stole my soul and heart. Every chapter was seriously awesome and right from the start I was on the edge of my seat screaming at the book. Siege and Storm is definitely in my top 5 novels of 2013 thus far.

Siege and Storm takes place from where Shadow and Bone left off. Alina and Mal are both on trying to start new lives. Alina is trying to keep her identity as the Sun Summoner under wraps and Mal is doing his best to protect Alina. When the two are found by the Darkling and captured they find themselves at sea with Captain Sturmhond and the Darkling. The Darkling has grown obsessed with Alina and her powers and believes that in the end the two of them must be together. After Captain Sturmhond betrays the Darkling, Alina and Mal both find themselves back in Ravka.

All is not well with Alina and Mal. After finding and using another amplifier, Alina has begun to change. Her powers have been growing stronger and she is supposed to lead the Grisha who are still in Ravka so that they may defeat the Darkling’s forces. Alina begins to slip away from Mal despite their eternal love for each other and her mind becomes consumed with how to defeat the Darkling and his forces. What Alina doesn’t dare tell anybody is that when she’s alone the Darkling is with her in some way that she does not understand and she knows that it’s only a matter of time before the Darkling comes for her.

The first chapter had me hooked. I honestly did not see it coming and it left me biting my nails and screaming “Oh my God, no!” Why? Because the freaking Darkling catches Mal and Alina and it’s only the FIRST CHAPTER!!! Who would see that coming? Not this girl! It drove me insane and from that point on I was hooked. Mal and Alina both get lucky and manage to escape the Darkling once more after he tries to use the second amplifier on Alina in hopes on controlling her power. Once Alina and Mal both escaped everything kept up a quick pace as the two set off with Sturmhond only to discover his true identity…Plot twist!!

As the novel progresses Alina begins to suffer from her new amounts of power. Every chapter you can see Alina evolving from the character she was in the first novel into a complete stranger. She becomes more powerful, she starts to sound wicked and heartless and it is completely awesome. Alina goes from being this girl who was at the Darkling’s mercy to a complete and total badass. I really enjoyed this because Alina became the heroine that I wanted her to be ever since I read Shadow and Bone.

Alina and Mal’s relationship is seriously tested in Siege and Storm. Not only have I become a total Mal fangirl but I’m also hoping for his relationship with Alina to end with them together. Seriously, throughout Siege and Storm the two begin to fall away from each other and the Darkling continuously shows up and tries to get into Alina’s head (among other places). In all seriousness, if you didn’t love Mal in Shadow and Bone you’ll become obsessed with him when you read Siege and Storm.

I’d recommend the Grisha Trilogy to readers who want to experience a fantasy world that is unlike anything they’ll have ever read before. Readers who want intense romance, insane action scenes and thrills will fall in love with these books. Get on it!

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Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she hides out in Hollywood and indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as makeup artist L.B. Benson.

Her debut novel, Shadow & Bone (Holt Children’s/Macmillan) is now a New York Times Best Seller.

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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  1. Alexia
    6/19/2013

    I just ordered Shadow & Bone a few days ago and I cannot wait to start this series.
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