Siege and Storm is the second book in the Grisha trilogy; after fleeing from Ravka at the end of Shadow and Bone Alina and Mal are living in Novyi Zem, hoping to escape the reach of the Darkling. But the Darkling is on their trail and in the end they have no other choice but to return to Ravka with the help of the notorious privateer Sturmhond. Between slipping closer into the reach of the Darkling as her power grows and her love for Mal, Alina must decide how to brave the oncoming storm.
This book reads very much like the middle of a trilogy, albeit an enjoyable one. Bardugo introduces a really enjoyable new character in Sturmhond, who I would gladly read several books more about. He’s snarky and fun to read, which is my ultimate weakness in characters.
The plot is interesting and slowed the pace of the first book a little, which I kind of liked. Besides I’m always up for more politically focussed stories and this book had a lot more of that than the first book. It was great to see Alina grow into a leader. I also loved watching Alina develop as the story progressed, and it was great to see how her changing situation affected her relationships with those around her.
One thing that I realised while reading this book was how much the names actually confused me. I’m by no means Russian, nor do I speak the language, but even I know that Russian last names change their forms based on gender. This knowledge made some names confusing, since Bardugo doesn’t apply that rule to her names. I kept thinking of Morozova as female even though he’s not, and even stumbled across Alina’s last name, Starkov, a few times because it’s the male form.
Overall I enjoyed Siege and Storm a lot. It suffers a little from middle book syndrome, but I was fine with that, because it didn’t feel like it while reading, and it managed to balance things out with the addition of great new characters.
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 Stars)
Publication Date: 17 June 2014
Publisher: Square Fish
Page Count: 435
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
The second book in The Grisha Trilogy by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows.
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 Times bestseller, 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.