Genre: Young Adult > Fantasy
(The Grisha #2)
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.
Book 1: Shadow and Bone review
“You know, for two people with a love eternal, you’re awfully insecure,” Nikolai said.
I gave this a try. I really did. But nope. Still not working.
How Leigh Bardugo can create an interesting story, yet leave her main characters dismal, dull and altogether annoying, is beyond me.
I just couldn’t get past the irate main characters. No matter how intriguing Darkling was, or how amusing Sturmhond was, Alina and Mal will always be the ugly reasons on why I will never, ever be a fan of this series.
I admit that when I picked up Siege and Storm, I steamrolled the pages. By the time I put it down I was already at 28%. Sadly, the momentum of these first few chapters waned, leaving me struggling to finish the book, one chapter a day. I was having a good time then! Darkling showing up so early, the adventure with the sea whip, Sturmhond! But the relief that this might be a good sequel was short lived.
The story was rich, unique even. The religious-zealots element was a plus for me. But freakin’ Alina and Mal could not straighten their drama so the plot can get moving! Horrible, horrible characters, Leigh Bardugo. An unlikeable heroine (weak weak weak), and an equally dull love interest to save all of Ravka? Puh-lease.
Darkling‘s appearance was just bits and pieces after the sea whip scenes. F*cking unfair.
And Sturmhond (maybe) being another possible leading man just irritates the crap out of me.
Siege & Storm. An intimidating title that did not fit an ineffective, fickle Alina.
(I will not fall again for this kind of ornate trap, Janus! lol)
SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo
Ebook, 448 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)