Book: Siege and Storm (The Grisha 2) by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: June 4th 2013
Reading Format and Edition: paperback by Indigo in 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Darkness never dies. Alina and Mal are on the run. Hunted and haunted, but together at last, they can’t outrun Alina’s past or her destiny forever. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and he needs Alina to realise his dangerous plan. There are others who would like to use Alina’s gift too. And as her power grows, somehow, she must choose between her country, her power, and her love – or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
Siege and Storm is the sequel to Shadow and Bone. I struggled with writing this review. Mainly because I felt so strong about the first part of the book, that I loved, but that feeling didn’t quite keep throughout. After the ending of Shadow and Bone Mal and Alina are running beyond the fold. This doesn’t last long as they are soon captured. The Darkling needs Alina once more.
One of the things that I like about this plot is the story surrounding the amplifiers. Alina already has one from the ending of Shadow and Bone, but now the other two will be needed. Unfortunately I feel there is still so little known about the amplifiers and Morozova for the second book. I would have loved it if Alina had discovered just a bit more throughout this book. Wearing the amplifiers seems to have its consequences for Alina. She is showing hints of power hungry when she thinks of going after the other two amplifiers. I think this is an interesting change in her character.
The middle of the book is spend a lot focusing on the politics and the romance. Not that much happens though, not even in the politics of things and as a result the middle drags a bit. As for the romance, a new love interest for Alina seems to have been added. There are now three guys after Alina and it was a bit too much for me. The relationship between Mal and Alina is put under a lot of strain because of the situation they are put in. The great guy Mal we met in Shadow and Bone starts showing his darker side. He’s possessive and wants everything to go his way. Sorry to break it to you, Mal, but it is not a perfect world you are living in. Regardless I think I could support Alina going with any of the guys really. At least there is chemistry with all of them.
The ending, started with a small political twist, picked things up again. A lot happened in the ending. You would have thought the Darkling would have learned from the last time with Alina, but she seems to be a weak spot for him. Always underestimating.
One of the reasons why I loved the start of this book so much are the new characters. The twins Tolya and Tamar are so interesting and I like their interactions. But the character that really made this book for me was Sturmhond. He was brilliant. Sassy, free spirited. I loved getting to know more about him as he interacted with Alina. He added something to this book.