Title: Siege and Storm (Book #2 in The Grisha trilogy)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publish Date/Publisher: June 4, 2013/ Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover – Library
Genre: YA – Fantasy
!Synopsis May Contain Spoilers!
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 did not love this book, but I did enjoy it way more than the first book. Our main character, Alina, got on my nerves a lot. I felt she was mean, stubborn, and just bluntly annoying. I loved how we got to see more of Mal, and also more of the new characters that were introduced. Nikolai is such a great character with amazing potential.
A lot of secrets were kept, and I just wanted to throw the book down in annoyance! I hated how one secret shared could have fixed everything, but some characters just did not think twice about sharing them.
I did like that characters from the first book helped out in this epic battle, giving us an opportunity to fall in love with new people. There were some annoying characters, but I feel they might be good towards the plot in the next book.
A lot of the plot confused me, pushing me into a slight reading slump. But towards then end of the book, I was hooked because the story got really interesting.
After some serious contemplation, I have decided to read the last book. I just have a feeling it will be amazing.
Three out of five stars to Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo.