SIEGE AND STORM
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: June 4th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
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 has a knack for making my own writing feel like rubbish – and I have to say no other author can do that. Sure, some authors write incredible novels, they inspire me. None of them make me feel like utter c-
I think that’s the closest I’ve come to actually cursing on this blog. Now, onto an actual review.
If you’re worried about second-book syndromes and faltering sequels, you’re looking at THE book to squash your doubts. SIEGE AND STORM suffers nothing, despite the characters suffering from a life of despair and hopelessness.
The story picks up right where Leigh Bardugo’s shelf-shattering debut, SHADOW AND BONE, left off. Suffice it to say, the second installment in the Grisha trilogy starts with a bang and ends with an even bigger one.
I’m not going to give anything away, but most of the time, I wished Mal wasn’t there. I’m all for the Darkling, despite his obvious darkness, and I’m a huge fan of the Storm Hound who graces the pages with wit and charm. So yes, Mal is… well, Mal.
What makes the world of the Grisha so astounding, so incredible, so incomparable isn’t its plot, its characters, or its world-building. No, it’s the powerful execution of all three. The fleshed out characters, from the protagonists to the minor people who only last a chapter. The world-building – with vivid displays of science, flying contraptions, a darkness indescribable, and meals to drool for. The plot, that when combined with the former two results in a novel to invest hours in without regret.
In short, if you haven’t read SHADOW AND BONE and if you have doubts for SIEGE AND STORM, I assure you, the world of the Grisha will leave you pleased. No, you will be beyond pleased, you’ll be in jaw-dropping awe. Because that is the power of Bardugo’s writing.
All I could think, after flipping the last page was: damn.
And there you have it, my second curse word on this pure blog. Also, poor, poor Genya.