[Review] Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

 

Siege and Storm
(The Grisha #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Pages: 432 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – 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.

I was very excited to read it – not only because of the reviews but I loooved the first book so much I was willing to buy this in hardcover. (Mind you, I rarely buy hardcovers.) Not a bad decision though, because that cover is sooo strokable and the book itself was as amazing as the cover! *HUGS SIEGE AND STORM*

I adored Leigh Bardugo’s writing in Shadow and Bone. However, reading Siege and Storm only solidified my love for her. I can’t do justice for her writing though – basically, it is absolutely remarkable and made me wanna slow down in order to savor her words. I didn’t want the book to end but at the same time I REALLY want to know the ending. Can anybody understand my dilemma?? >w<

The worldbuilding is as magnificent and as gorgeous as ever. Has anybody invented a plane or portal that can take us to fictional worlds yet? Cause I would really love to live here and be a Grisha. Things in Siege and Storm become even more complicated with a few shocking discoveries and OH MY GOD the introduction of  *cue drumrolls* a hot and swoon-worthy guy new interesting character!!

As for the main character, Alina undergoes some changes after, uhm, the event in Shadow and Bone. She gains darker sides, she doubts herself, she starts to fear what she might become and that only makes her perfectly flawed, more . . . human. Character development is definitely there. Some characters from the previous book return – such as Baghra, Genya and David – and it’s great to know how the events in Shadow and Bone affect not only the protagonist but also the side characters.

Speaking of the love interests, I didn’t really like Mal in this book. He becomes so insecure and I just realized how dull he is. Whenever he appears I would just start mentally screaming at him to go away already -_- I’m hoping he will be more likable in the last book. On the other hand, the Darkling could still charm me despite his lack of appearances. I swear this guy radiates a chilly aura even from the pages!!

Mal crossed his arms and considered the privateer. “I can’t decide if you’re crazy or stupid.”
“I have so many good qualities,” *insert the new character’s name* said. “It can be hard to choose.”

But for me, the man that steals the show is obviously our favorite privateer!! <3 Cause who on earth can hate an attractively fascinating guy that’s always able to lighten up the situation with his humors and sarcasms without being a complete jerk? None. NONE I TELL YA. This is my man, people.

The pacing is a bit slow compared to the first book. Nevertheless, I was fully captivated by everything in Siege and Stormthe characters (no, not Mal though), the impressive writing and fabulous worldbuilding. Siege and Storm was a solid sequel and I cannot wait for Ruin and Rising. There’s a benefit of reading this late cause that means the wait won’t be too painfully long *evil smirk* Hopefully we’ll get more of Alina’s badassery and TONS of the Darkling and of course, *insert the new guy’s name here* ^^ LEIGH BARDUGO IF YOU’RE READING THIS PLEASE DO NOT KILL HIM. I’M BEGGING YOU WITH ALL MY HEART. Uhm, I think the draft is obviously done but a girl can dream right?

By the way, Ruin and Rising cover was reveal on Valentine’s Day and OH MY GOD WHAT A PERFECTION IT IS:

THE FIREBIRD THE RED THE PRETTY CURSIVE FONT I CAN’T WAIT ANYMORE <33

9 comments

    1. It’s soooo pretty isn’t it? 😉 Even if I didn’t love the series I would love the have the physical copies cause they’re just that awesome xD

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  1. Leigh cannot kill our favorite privateer I will never survive that!!! My heart breaks just thinking about it </3 But the Darkling is welcome to grace the pages of Ruin and Rising any chance he gets 😉

    I can’t even wait for June anymore like can’t it be here now?? I just need to know how it all ends up. Especially after that cover reveal – so perfect!

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    1. YES SHE CANNOT </3 OMG and I heard we would find out about his real name AHHH I ABSOLUTELY CAN’T WAIT. Very very curious about it… 😉

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  2. I really want to read this book!!! I’ve read so many reviews for it and it seems like something I’d like. I’m probably going to buy it on Book Depository coz it’s so cheap! Great review, I think I’ll buy both books.

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  3. I was a bit worried about where this review was going as I was reading the first paragraph XD I thought you were going to turn around and say that you didn’t enjoy it! BUT STURMHOND!!! I totally agree, Mal is so dull and whiny, and I honestly want him to die. Alina/Sturmhond are my OTP 😀

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    1. OH I SHIP NIKOLINA. I SHIP THEM SO HARD. But my little heart says that Alina will most likely end up with Mal NOOOOO D;

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  4. The second in the Grisha Trilogy, Siege and Storm continues the ascension of the orphaned Alina into her role as one of the most powerful sorcerers in her war-torn land. Replete with epic battles, mysticism, and folk tales plus rich world building and memorable characters, Bardugo’s latest novel masterfully surpasses its worthy predecessor.

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