Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date/Publisher: June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.
Read: June 13th 2013
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.
What I thought:
This book is just as good as I remember the first one being, but much darker. The Darkling does make an appearance again in this, but he’s discovered a new power and it’s much more dangerous. When Alina does get back to Os Alta, things start to change and everyone waits and plans for the Darkling’s attack.
I still liked The Darkling’s character and it’s hard not to become attached to him. In this book Alina starts to change too, to crave power and really start to use it. I felt sorry for Mal a lot because of what he goes through with Alina. They keep getting driven further apart and it was sad! It doesn’t help that he’s not a Grisha and gets some flack for it. At least he’s an awesome tracker!
Now onto the new character, Stormhond. He was such an awesome character; flirty, smart, and all-around awesome. I loved that he had his own version of a pirate fleet! Later in the book we learn more about him and he gets even more awesome.
I know I talk a lot about the characters but they really make this story! All the Grisha magic and the fantasy and the legends that create this world are so easy to get absorbed into and love. If you haven’t picked up the first book, I think you really should! This series does not disappoint.
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