Siege and Storm ( The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo
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)
Let Me Explain:
You know, sometimes there are certain books where you just can’t find the words. This seems odd, especially for someone who feels the need to blog, someone who must e-mail and text her friends about kissing scenes and swoony moments and the WHAT THE EFF things that make me want to pull out my hair sometimes. I mean, I’m someone who hunts people down in bookstores just to talk to them about the novels they’re picking up. But you guys, I read this book in May and I haven’t been able to form a coherent string of sentences about it. And I’m thinking it’s not going to happen now. Just warning you.
Suffice it to say, it you have not read the first book in this series, Shadow and Bone…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? Get on it! Otherwise, consider yourself warned.
Alina and Mal have escaped that sexy, sexy Darkling after outsmarting him and crossing the True Sea. They take great pains to hide her identity as the Sun Summoner, but no amount of hiding can keep the Darkling from her. He exhibits this strange new trick, an ability to communicate with Alina no matter where she may be. It’s frightening and striking, this power he still has over her. And she realizes she can’t ever truly escape him or who she is. She and Mal return to Ravka with some new allies, hoping to finally defeat him. Instead it serves to suck Alina deeper into a world that Mal isn’t a part of. It drives a wedge between them and Alina is left with a painful choice: her destiny or her love (and yes, lust) for Mal.
I read this almost six months ago and it was fabulous. In fact, I’d read it again if I had it…but I keep loaning my copy out because it’s that good. Siege and Storm does not suffer from any sort of sophomore slump, which is good news considering the first book was so well-done and seemed to be hard to match. The world of Ravka is still vivid and unique and we have an opportunity to get to know certain characters better this time around. I especially enjoyed the conflict between Mal and Alina, which hurt, but man, I could really understand where each of them was coming from. My only complaint is that I would have liked to have seen more of the Darkling. I know it’s wrong of me to hope that he and Alina will meet in the corner of a darkened room and have a serious makeout session–but that doesn’t keep me from longing for it. And I feel guilty saying that since I really love Mal, but the Darkling just has that quality about him that makes him so appealing. I can’t even explain it.
Crush Intensity: 4.75/5 Leigh Bardugo has created such an insanely beautiful, mysterious world in this great series. I can’t wait for the next book.
Special thanks to Macmillan for sending me a copy of Siege and Storm in exchange for an honest review.