Publication: June 4th, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.
Series: The Grisha #2
Genres: Young Adult, High Fantasy
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.
This is the second book in the Grisha Trilogy so I won’t focus much on the plot.
I really enjoyed reading Siege and Storm and I think it’s better than its predecessor which is saying a lot since very few series have sequels that surpass their first books.
In Siege and Storm, Alina and Mal are on the run from the Darkling after the battle at the Shadow Fold which resulted to many casualties. A few weeks after the said battle, the Darkling captures them and possess a new power he acquired at the Shadow Fold. They are both taken captive in a ship and we meet a mysterious new character, Captain Sturmhond.
The novel started a tad bit slow for me but it quickly recovered with Bardugo’s stellar writing and adequate blend of suspense and turn of events. I actually found myself gasping numerous times.
I have reserved praise for Leigh’s writing style. She writes so marvellously and her words flow freely. They don’t hang or obstruct at some points. And I’m always surprised with how fast I finish her books. She has truly become one of my favourite authors.
The ending was perfection. I’m more than eager to see what happens with Alina in Ruin and Rising. And for the other characters as well…
P.S. I was also a bit disappointed that we had less Alarkling scenes here in Siege and Storm, but NIKOLAI LANTSOV DAMN THAT MAN.
P.P.S. I ship Nikolina too aha