Series: The Grisha #2 Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Romance Publication.Date: June 4, 2013 Pages: 432 (Hardcover) Published By: Henry Holt and Co. Website: Leigh Bardugo Siege and Storm on Goodreads My review copy: Bought
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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. 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. (Goodreads)
"You can't control the Fold. It has to be destroyed."
"Careful, Alina," he said with a slight smile. "I've had the same thought about you."
"The Darkling will hunt you for the rest of your days."
"Then you and I will have something in common, won't we? Besides, I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important."
"If it works, it will be plenty dramatic. And I suppose that if it doesn't work, it will be even more dramatic, what with the blast."
"David, I think you just made a joke."
He frowned, utterly perplexed. "Did I?"
You know, for a book I loved so much I really dragged my feet when it came to writing this review. I think I finished it about two weeks ago - oops! So I'll do my best.
Alina - Comes more into her power as the Sun Summoner, but she's still conflicted about how much power is too much. She takes on an amazing leadership role, albeit slightly unwillingly.
Mal - Stop. Whining.
The Darkling - One of the yummiest villains out there. Didn't see too much of him in Siege and Storm, but he's definitely going to be around more in Ruin and Rising after this ending.
Sturmhond - He's mine and you can't have him. I really enjoyed this character - like probably one of my favorite in the series. He's clever, snarky, and a major game changer.
Romance - Is there such a thing as a love quadrangle? Is it weird that it Leigh makes it work so flawlessly and without out the annoyance that occasionally accompanies love triangles?
Plot - Flawless. Leigh really knows how to suck readers in and turn them upside. While there are slower parts of the book, the plot doesn't necessarily drag. Even the littlest things seems to have an effect on the greater aspects of the plot. Even if you're like me, not a huge fan of high fantasy, you'll definitely enjoy Leigh's Grisha series. It doesn't feel like a high fantasy novel nor does it read like one. These books are just enjoyable, engaging, and all around entertaining.