- Title: Siege and Storm.
- Author: Leigh Bardugo.
- Pages: 432.
- Genres: Fantasy, young adult...
- Saga/series: Yes, this is the second book of the Shadow and Bone series. There are 3 books (not including the little stories that go in between).
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.
"Keep your elbows in!" Sturmhond berated Mal. "Stop flapping them like some kind of chicken.Mal let out a disturbingly convincing cluck.Tamar raised a brow. Your friend seems to be enjoying himself".I shrugged. "Mal's always been like that. You could drop him in a camp full of Fjerdan assassins, and he'd come out carried on their shoulders. He just blooms wherever he's planted."And you?""I'm more of a weed," I said drily.Tamar grinned. In combat, she was cold and silent fire, but when she wasn't fighting, her smiles came easily. "I like weeds," she said, pushing herself off from the railing and gathering her scattered lengths of rope. "They're survivors."
I'm going to have to repeat what I said in my review for the first book: I love this book (this one is my favourite of the Grisha series). The names, the characters and the descriptions are all fantastic.
I also love two more things:
1) This book is blue, my favourite colour, and as I said before, this is my favourite book of this series. Coincidence? I think not.
2) I love dragons, and when I saw the dragon on the front cover, it made my day.
This book is written in first person, it's in Alina's point of view. Apart from the Before and After chapters, which are in third person.
At first I thought that it was strange how they found Rusalye so quickly because I was comparing it to the first book where they found Morozova's Stag at the end of the book. But once I'd finished this book, I loved it even more than Shadow & Bone.
At the beginning of the book there's a map and a list of Grisha (they are divided into orders, then they are further divided).
In my edition of the book, there is bonus content inside:
- Q&A with Leigh Bardugo.
- The Tailor (short story).
- Special sneak peek of the next book Ruin and Rising.
" 'Betrayed' seems a strong word. I hardly know the fellow.""You're mad," I said. "You know what he can do. No prize is worth that."Sturmhond grinned. "That remains to be seen.""The Darkling will hunt you for the rest of your days.""Then you and I will have seen me thing in common, won't we? Besides, I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important."Mal crossed his arms and considered the privateer. "I can't decide if you're crazy or stupid.""I have so many good qualities," Sturmhond said. "It can be hard to choose."I shook my head. The privateer was out of his mind.
The book is mainly Alina's point of view (except the Before and After chapters). Alina is an interesting character because in the first book of the series (Shadow and Bone), she went through the transition of being a normal girl with no powers to being the Sun Summoner. I love the fact that she's sassy. In this book she becomes a bit power-hungry after having felt the power of the collar (made of the Stag's antlers).
The Darkling has changed from the first book, he has scars so he no longer looks perfect. The scars are the price that he had to pay for having his new power/ability. Even though he's a villain, he's has his reasons for doing what he does. I think he is more cruel in this book but he is still very human because he does have feelings (loneliness). He has to be one of my favourite villains.
Mal (Malyen Oretsev)
Mal is good-looking but he's not arrogant about it. I found him to be quite funny in this book. He's quite sarcastic. But he can also be very serious.
He has to be my favourite character in this book. He is a complicated character (in a good way) in the sense that he has so many different qualities: he is charming, he is funny, he is smart, etc.
GenyaI still really like Genya even though it's hard to know where her loyalties lie (at the beginning). I feel very sorry for her as she is punished for betraying the Darkling.
DavidHe isn't in this book that much, but I'm going to mention him because I like him. He's a Fabrikator, he likes making things. He's not as oblivious as he seems.
Tolya & TamarThey are twins. I love the fact that they have gold eyes. They are both very interesting. Tolya is tall and very strong. Tamar fights with weapons even though she could easily fight without them as both siblings are heartrenders (They can use their power to damage a person's internal organs).
"Are you sure this is a good idea?" She asked. She was gnawing on her lip so aggressively, I thought she might draw blood."Of course not," said Sturmhond. "Anything worth doing always starts as a bad idea."
The love in this book is realistic, it has its ups and downs.
Ultimately I love Leigh Bardugo's writing in this book, it keeps you hooked until the end of the book and when you get to it, you're impatient to read the next book.
I give this book a 5 out of 5.