The Grisha #2
by Leigh Bardugo
Darkness never dies.At a Glance:
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.
The Grisha Trilogy continues to be one of my favorite series. Leigh Bardugo never fails to amaze me with her brilliant world building and fascinating characters. In Siege and Storm, I was again plunged into this imaginative world that she created. With fighting, powers, a looming war, a terrifying yet alluring villain, a struggling romance, and a new character that adds another dimension to the story, Siege and Storm definitely lives up to its predecessor!
These covers are some of my all-time favorites. They're so different and creative. I love them!
There continues to be a lot of action in this book. The fighting is very intense in certain scenes, and with the threat of war and the Darkling, there's never a dull moment!
The romance was frustrating in this book, as I suppose is the way of things in book 2. Mal was seriously driving me insane. I swear he was being such a whiny little turd! Not that Alina was helping much. I got to the point where I just wanted Sturmhond, the Privateer who Alina meets, to sweep in and show Mal how it's done.....
Alina is tough as crap. She had a lot of struggles in this book, and a lot of inner turmoil. She wants to be powerful enough to face the Darkling, without becoming power hungry like he is. I really love being inside her head. Most of the time, when a character is supposedly trying to decide which path to take, one of those paths isn't even believable. With Alina, I really didn't know what she would choose, and I liked that.
Favorite Supporting Character:
Sturmhond, Sturmhond, Sturmhond!!!! I loved him so much! He added a whole new element to the book and I'm so glad he was in it. He was funny and clever and so charming! I think he's one of the most intelligent characters in the book and I'm just about to say, "Down with Mal!!" that's how much I like him.
Something I loved:
Besides Sturmhond? Uh...the Darkling. I love a villain that you kind of like and also hate. That's seriously a hard thing to accomplish. The Darkling totally gives me the chills, but I also kind-of love him. Twisted, I know.
Something(s) I hated:
Just the way Mal behaved.
Not a huge cliffhanger, things felt somewhat resolved, but you definitely know there's more to the story, and I can't wait to find out what it is!
Would I recommend it?
If you like high fantasy, you will love this series!
Did my friends like it?
Elisa loved it! :D
Will I buy/keep it?
I have an ARC, but I'm totally buying a hard cover. Have to have a matching set!
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Mark on Goodreads
- Content was less than Shadow & Bone