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 Timesbestseller, 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.
I’m not really sure what happened with this one… Either I wasn’t in the mood for it, because I do remember really enjoying the last one, or it simply didn’t meet my expectations? I don’t know but I wasn’t the biggest fan – instead of the awesome book I expected, I got an okay book.
I did like the first one way more than this one. This one felt boring for me… The only consolation being Nikolai and the amazing world it’s set in… I seriously love this world and all the magic in it! It’s just so interesting and captivating!
But on the other side… The main character is one of the most boring plain girls I’ve ever read about. I really don’t like her. And Mal… Let’s just say is not that great either. They are supposed to be the main characters but they are just so meh! I must prefer Nikolai, who very easily stole the show (thank god!) and the Darkling that continues to be quite a mystery. I love how cocky and assured of himself he is. He is just so freaking awesome! These two are the characters that continue to surprise and make me want to know more of what’s coming. Also, Tamar and Tolya are awesome!
Another down point is that there wasn’t nearly enough action. Don’t get me wrong, it was still gripping, I don’t know why, but Leigh Berdugo tends to do that to me, her writing always grips me beginning to end no matter what – but I would have been a lot happier if it wasn’t so stopped… It felt boring at times, like nothing was happening and what was, was the normal bickering between Mal and Alina and Alina’s lack of confidence and doubts and all the same tiny little things that annoy me. The action that it had tho, was really good and intense. I loved the darkness and to see more of the Grishas’ powers. I can’t dwell to match on it, but to be honest, any part with Nikolai is awesome so…
Overall this book could have been a lot tinier, with a lot more action and less boredom. I really do hope Alina and Mal get any better in the next book, but at least I got Nikolai and the Darkling to console myself with! I can’t deny that I am excited to see where this is going to lead us!
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