Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Posted by Caitie F on May 28, 2013
Summary from pub:
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.
If you read the first book in this series and liked it, you need to read this one too because it has all of the amazing elements of the first with some new twists and a new guy who gives Mal a run for dreaminess.
When Alina and Mal tried to run, I knew it wouldn’t last. I just wish they could have been happier for longer. Instead, they have to go through all new terrible circumstances and are constantly being used to do things they don’t want to do. For them, love makes them incredibly vulnerable and it gets frustrating. How much further would they have gone? How much further will they go?
Alina’s role gets so much more complicated, but she gets much stronger. While she sometimes still feels like the weak orphan, she no longer is that girl. She is stronger, more defiant. She is a leader and I found myself drawn to her a lot more. She is also more broken and can share less with those she trusts and loves. I have a feeling that before this series is over, she will go down as one of the best female characters.
And there is a new guy, but I am not going to tell you who he is because that would be major spoilers. But between him being just amazing at everything and wonderful and Mal becoming very different from Shadow and Bone Mal, I found myself hoping for this new guy. I can’t wait to see what others think about this new addition.
This is a wonderful book. It isn’t always fast-paced, but it does show the thought and strategy that goes into decisions and I will take that over fast-paced action. The writing during those scenes blew me away. Often, discussion of plans in books can feel slow and boring, but I was engaged and excited.
If you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for? If you even like fantasy a little bit, this book is for you!