Thursday, July 3, 2014

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

This is the review of the second book in a series, and as a result there could be possible spoilers for the first book.

Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha Trilogy, Book #2
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Source: Bought

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.


This book was a pretty big let down. I still gave it four stars, because I tried to disregard my expectations and solely judge the book, but it was so much worse the Shadow and Bone, which I absolutely loved.

The Plot:

This book picks up after Shadow and Bone, with Mal and Alina on a boat trying to escape the Darling. This book was a lot more politics, and, unfortunately, a lot less action. The plot overall wasn’t the interesting to me, nowhere near the plot of the first book. The only aspect I interested me was seeing how Alina’s interactions with the Darkling where effecting her, for example she started to hallucinate and see the Darkling. 

The Characters:

The character were what really ruined this book for me. My two favorites, Genya and the Darkling, had really small parts in this book, and instead we focused on Alina and Mal. I still believe that Mal is a boring, flat character, but in this book we also found out that he was just annoying. He was over-protective of Alina, even though he never even spent time with her or showed any affection towards her, which was quite hypocritical. Maybe this is just me, though. The savior of this book was most definitely Nikolai, who I absolutely feel in love with. 

The Writing:

The writing in this book was similar to the writing in Shadow and Bone. It was good, but nothing especially poetic or beautiful.

The Romance:

As I mentioned previously,  I am not a fan of Mal and Alina. I don’t quite understand their relationship dynamic or their chemistry. I can’t help but feel that Alina is using Mal as a sort of rebound from the Darkling, as if she wanted to convince herself that she still always loved Mal, so she wasn’t so disgusted by herself. Since Alina probably won’t end up with the Darkling I hope she at least ends up not with Mal.


At the end of the day I think I will read the third book, but only for two reasons. The first reason is that I pre-ordered it, so I would feel bad about not reading it. The seconds is the Shannon from Cozy Tea Reads on Youtube said that Ruin and Rising was a great conclusion and that you should read it even if your wary about completing the series. But mainly, I’m not impressed with this book. Comment if you’ve read this book what your thoughts were on it, and also your thoughts on Mal. (Maybe you can even persuade me to like him.) Thanks so much for reading!

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