Character Profiles: SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo PLUS Giveaway

Leigh Bardugo.

Shadow and Bone. Siege and Storm.

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That is all.

In a more understandable way – I am beyond thrilled to have Leigh Bardugo over here on the blog with character profiles for three of my favorite characters (I admit, the Darkling is my favorite, everyone else comes after). Read on for more on Mal, Genya, and David, a little bit about the sequel to the unbelievably good SHADOW AND BONE and a giveaway for the two books!

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Name: Malyen “Mal” Oretsev
Most Frequently Found Wearing: First Army uniform or roughspun
Line of Work: Soldier
Skills: Tracking—anyone or anything. Great with a rifle and bow, faultless sense of direction
Likes: The outdoors and hanging out with his friends
Dislikes: Court life, the Darkling
Inspired by: Chris Chambers, Karl Agathon (Helo)
Frequent fancasts: Colton Haynes, Drew Van Acker, Steven R. McQueen

“I’m sorry it took me so long to see you, Alina. But I see you now.”

At the start of the story Mal is such a guy, he’s a seventeen-year-old boy who’s never really had to think about what’s important to him. He goes through so much when he loses Alina and then when his unit tracks the stag into Tsibeya. When he tells that story and when he finally expresses his feelings for Alina, it was important to me that he not become someone else: He’s still a soldier, he’s still a guy who isn’t fantastic at big declarations, but he’s also found the courage to speak his heart. I love writing him and I’m so glad I got the chance to write in his voice for the paperback bonus content.

Credit: Irene Koh                       Credit: Vincent                         Credit: Jennifer Rush

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Name: Genya Safin
Most frequently found wearing: White and gold, but these days red and blue
Line of Work: The Tailor
Skills: Genya’s skills represent a unique combination of Corporalnik and Materialnik and include manipulating physical appearance.
Likes: Fabulous clothes, rich food, spending time in the Fabrikator workshops, gossip about other people
Dislikes: Herring, dirt, gossip about her
Inspired by: My most fabulous makeup artist friends and fairy godmothers everywhere
Frequent fancasts: Holland Roden, Deborah Ann Woll, Sophie Turner

“I’m marvelous.”

With Genya, I wanted to take the idea of the sassy best friend—the girl who acts as a kind of guide and fairy godmother, transforming you, helping you to fit in—and tweak it a bit, because I think playing that role is bound to have a cost. Genya has been both empowered and victimized by beauty. But even after all she’s been through, she refuses to be shamed or cowed by her situation and I love that about her.

Credit: Irene Koh                                            Credit: Yoonona
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Name: David Kostyk
Most frequently found wearing: Purple and red
Line of Work: Durast (Materialnik)
Skills: Manipulation of metal, glass, textiles. Master Fabrikator and most talented Durast in the Second Army.
Likes: Science, gadgets, being left alone
Dislikes: Are you still here?
Inspired by: My dad and some of the programmers I worked with in Seattle.
Frequent fancasts: Logan Lehrman, Aaron Johnson, Matthew Gray Gubler

“I make things. I don’t destroy them.”

David is all about focus—the kind of guy who could easily walk into traffic because he’s busy unraveling some tricky problem in his head. He sometimes seems rude or abrupt, but he’s just not interested enough in people to care. The biggest challenge in writing him is that he’s so much smarter than I am. His work often requires that I talk to actual scientists. Luckily I have a pretty amazing braintrust.

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Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) 

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, 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.

Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives in Hollywood, where she indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as makeup artist L.B. Benson. Occasionally, she can be heard singing with her band, Captain Automatic.

Her debut novel, Shadow & Bone (Holt Children’s/ Macmillan), is a New York Times Best Seller and the first book in the Grisha Trilogy. Book 2, Siege and Storm, will be published in 2013. She is represented by Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf.

Leigh Bardugo will be on tour in June as part of the Fierce Reads Tour. Get all the info/dates
Siege and Storm is featured in Macmillan’s Spring 2013 Fierce Reads Book Trailer
Watch the Siege and Storm book trailer
Listen and download Leigh Bardugo’s song, “Winter Prayer”. Yes, we said SONG!
Pre-order Siege and Storm (hardcover or e-book), submit your receipt, and Macmillan will send you a specially-branded nail polish! Details
Download and read for FREE the first five chapters of Siege and Storm on your e-reader
Become a fan of The Grisha Trilogy on Facebook

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    May 27, 2013

    These are so awesome! The first picture is basically exactly how I see Mal :) I also love that “the Darkling” is on his dislikes, lol. And I think the picture for Genya is so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

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    May 28, 2013

    !!!!! I fell in love with Shadow and Bone and can. not. wait! for Siege and Storm. Beautiful, atmospheric writing that just pulls you into the world… So excited to “return” in book two! And what cool character profiles… Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Drea Rados

    May 31, 2013

    I am so excited. I loved Shadow and Bone. I hope I win!

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    Jamie M

    May 31, 2013

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway.

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    Valeria Andrea

    June 2, 2013

    Yep, Genya's info card is the best (:

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    Alyssa Susanna

    June 4, 2013


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    Kaitlyn Weaver

    June 4, 2013

    More of Mal! & Alina is so amazing. The world is unbelievable! Thanks! :D

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    Cali Willette

    June 4, 2013

    I can't wait to read more about the Darkling, Mal, and Alina and where their journey takes them. <3
    -Cali W.

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    amairany ra

    June 5, 2013

    Mal mal mal, I need you !!!

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    Dayna Janzen

    June 5, 2013

    My daughter showed me the synopsis of Shadow & Bone so I really want to read both!

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    Jamie M

    June 5, 2013

    Just the expert alone sounds awesome.

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    Kamla L.

    June 6, 2013

    I just finished reading Shadow and Bone a few days ago and was totally captivated from beginning to end. I love the world building, the characters development, creative magic system, and the wonderful story telling. It was all delivered in such beautiful detail. And now I fiending to continue the story with Siege and Storm. I'm still kind of holding out hope for the Darkling :)

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    Holly Letson

    June 7, 2013

    I keep hearing such amazing things about this series. If everyone else loves it, surely I would, too.

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    Theresa Nowaczyk

    June 8, 2013

    I've heard so much and the covers are fantastic stories sound interesting- Thanks for the giveaway Good Luck to All

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    June 8, 2013

    I just keep hearing a ton about this series, and I'd really love to have the chance to check it out!

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    June 9, 2013

    It has an unbelievable story premise. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about it. Now only if I could get my hands on them. ;)

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    Cee L

    June 10, 2013

    I want to see how Leigh Bardugo continues to build this fascinating world.