Book Review: Siege and StormAuthor: Leigh Bardugo
Published: June 2013
Series: The Grisha #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
The Setting - taken from Goodreads
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.
My Two Cents
Within the first 30 pages, Bardugo had hit everything on my wishlist for this book. Mal and Alina in love, the Darkling resurfacing, a mysterious new character and Mal forced to find another amplifier. It made me wonder...would there be anything left for the rest of this book? But Bardugo had plenty of tricks left up her sleeve and by the end of Siege and Storm I was wondering how I was going to wait for another year for the third book? Bardugo left us not with a cliffhanger per-se, but some huge unanswered questions. I won't spoil it for anyone who has yet to feast upon this amazing book but it's literally killing me to find out what happens to Alina. If there was one downfall to this action-packed book it had to be Mal. Oh Mal. Please pull your head out! Mal's character became increasingly insecure, something we typically see to the main characters in the second book of a trilogy. I'm going to agree with other bloggers here, how Mal treated Alina in the second half of this book was borderline controlling, comparable to the Darkling's relationship with Alina. And with the addition of another charismatic male to the mix with Alina...well there's no shortage of romance in this book! But that in and of itself makes me nervous about the final book in this trilogy...how will the males in this story fare in the last book? Will everyone make it out in one piece? Ah so many questions, and I have to wait a cotton-picking year for them to be answered?! No way! I'm not a patient person! Bardugo you better write fast! All in all Siege and Storm is well worth the read, 5 out of 5 stars. If there is any humanly way possible to wait and read this book until the third is published...well I highly recommend that! Because waiting may just be the death of me!