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.
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Number of Pages: 448
Reviewed by Ellie, age 16
NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SHADOW AND BONE
To all you fans of the Leigh Bardugo's Geisha trilogy, fret not- Siege And Storm contains all of the drama and excitement of Shadow and Bone, and then some. Picking up after Mal and Alina escape from the Shadowfold, the story revolves around Alina’s struggle with her powers, her relationship with Mal, and with her newfound responsibilities as Ravka’s Sun Summoner.
The thing I love about Leigh Bardugo is her ability to write characters that actually seem like they could be people walking amongst us. Despite the terrifying monsters, old curses, and lands that don’t really exist, both Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm are more about the characters and their problems, triumphs, and romances than about glittery magic flying around everywhere. (However, the glittery magic is still awesome. No hate towards the magic.)
My favorite part of Siege and Storm is the fact that we get new characters while the old ones still play (extremely) active roles. I won’t give away what characters come back from the first book (other than Alina and Mal, obviously), but I will say that we get to encounter some fabulous new characters who add a lot to the plotline. My personal favorite addition to the series is Sturmhond: once you read the book, you’ll see who he is and why I want to be best friends with him.
Like I mentioned in my review of Shadow and Bone, I love the worldbuilding in this series. Instead of seeing just parts of Ravka this time, however, we also get to have a broader view of the politics and the world that all this drama takes place in. Also, there is an abundance of action, romance, and drama – in fact, there is just enough to tide me over until the third book in the trilogy, Ruin and Rising, comes out.
I absolutely loved Siege and Storm and the Grisha and highly recommend it for anyone on the hunt for an addicting new series.
This book hits shelves June of 2013!
Buy Hardcover | $17.99
Ellie, age 16