Review: Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo

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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 Times bestseller, 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.

Now that I sit back and write the review and must decide on a rating and what to say I realize how much of a love- hate relationship I had with this book.

I really, really love the Grishaverse that Bardugo created in this and Six of Crows. 

This book while so good and a lot of happened also seemed not much happened, or not much new,. But yet there was a lot of things, new things that happened and yet it gave me a bit of déjà vu from book one.

 A lot of time we spend in court, learning new things and getting ready for the big war with the Darkling. At court we see some familiar faces and find out their fate from the veers in last book.

Now to the characters.

I really enjoyed the Darkling for the most part last book and some in this but I come to the point where I’m just” …mmm ugh, yeah no” I don’t totally dislike him but defiantly don’t love him.

Mal. I really wanted to like him , I really did, I tried so hard and after all he gave up and lost for Alina I just wanted to like him, but I can’t ….. I really, really can’t.  I’m not even sure why I dislike him. I just do him and his whiny behavior.

Alina is another one that I can’t stand, she is selfish (she says she isn’t but she totally is),  she is power-hungry and can’t even be honest with herself it seems. The only thing for me, that she had going for her was her humor and snark.

Now the two people I care about the most in this entire series so far.

Genya, we don’t see too much of her but that didn’t matter I still lover her and hope we get more of her next book.

And someone new, Nikolai.  I really enjoyed Nikolai from the very first time we meet him, and hopefully we learn a lot more about him in next book. I love that he has so many layers to him but also felt bad for him at times.

Tolya and Tamar are also high up on my favorite list and hope to see more. While I would love to say the the end was surprising and shocking it really wasn’t. I saw it coming from the half way mark of the book .

Overall, love the magic and world and can’t get enough of the Grisha world.  Love Nikolai and Genya and a few others but really could care less what happens to Mal, Alina and maybe even the Darkling, but I still like him better than Alina.

I have a hard time rating this, but I think I go with 4 . I had some dislikes, yes but overall I still really enjoyed it.

4 ★

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