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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Review

siege and storm“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 think you know when you are head over heels for a book series when you read the whole book the day it comes in the post. I only read the first book in the Grisha series, Shadow and Bone (review here) last week and I LOVED it. It was everything I want in a fantasy book, and I have to say I like Siege and Storm even more. Second books in trilogies have a tendency of being weak. The main characters have already been introduced, and the main fight wont be till the final book. Siege and Storm shatters this stereotype to pieces. Almost immediately the plot kicks off in a huge way and there is just so much action, so many twists and turns and I was never sure when and where the characters were going to end up. Couple the exciting action packed plot with Leigh Bardugo’s AMAZING writing, plus a touch of romantic angst and you have got yourself a kick-ass second book.

Alina is such a great character, and she really comes into her own in this book. She is in such a conflict between her loyalty to her country and to her power as the Sun Summoner and her relationship with Mal. She has developed from a shy, unsure girl into quite a feisty woman who has some HILARIOUS comebacks. There is still that struggle between who she was though, and who she is destined to become. There was a tonne of angst between her and Mal, and I really loved the scenes where they were together. Although Siege and Storm is set in a completely different world, Alina and Mal’s relationship is really relatable. I also LOVED Sturmhond who is arrogant, funny and strangely attractive all at once (and I think Alina will agree with me on that!). I also loved the political struggle in this book. It was a dangerous game, and in order to put herself in the position where she could be a threat to the Darkling, Alina had to play it.

Again, the fabulous word building made that made the first book a stand-out remained in this book. Leigh Bardugo is a genius, and I cannot wait to read more of her work. She writes beautifully and almost poetically, but it is never fussy or long winded. To say that I am excited about the third book in this series is an understatement. If you are a fan of well written fantasy and haven’t read this series, READ IT. You won’t regret it.

 

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