Book Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable

I needed to read Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo as soon as I was done with Shadow and Bone. I liked it a lot and needed to read more.

Book Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


Title & Author: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Release Date: June 4 2013
Series: The Grisha
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company


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.

I having difficulty giving Siege and Storm four out of five stars. I would like to give it five, but something is holding me back. It is probably because the cadence of the novel felt the same as the first. But I can’t say for sure.

Overall Siege and Storm is awesome, I could not put it down and but it also still felt like the end of Harry Potter. I hope Ruin and Rising gives me a different feeling.

Again the story was all over the place, which I liked. And the book introduced new characters, one of them I really liked.

Mal seems to be the more rational of the two main characters, he sees his best friend turn form a young woman, scared of the Shadow Fold, to a strong woman with all the power in the world. He sees how the power is corrupting her, wanting more. He cares a lot for Alina and it stays clear throughout the novel.

Alina does not change much during this book. She learns how to see how people want her to behave and notices it is not what she wants. She starts to want more and more power, corrupted by the amplifiers.

The new character I loved is Nikolai Lantsov, the youngest prince of Ravka. He is introduced as a Privateer and completely untrustworthy. But he never acts on that. When he makes promises to Alina he keeps to it. But also his behaviour made him fun to read about. He is cheeky and bold. His life as soldier and Privateer make him a good leader, so when his brother died I was in a way glad. I also did not like Vasily, the brother, and just got annoyed with him.

Vasily seemed in a way interesting, he wants to be like his father. But also seems to be a soft leader, not good for a country at war.

I liked the book, but do think things could be better. I hope Ruin and Rising solves all my questions and has the great swings and surprises the last two books had.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
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For now, let books enrich your life!


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