Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Siege and Storm (The Grishaverse #2) by Leigh Bardugo

🌟🌟🌟🌟 out of 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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.

Siege and Storm was an improvement on the first book. There wasn't as much pining from the main character, there is more action, and there are new characters that are introduced. This book started off with a bang! My heart was racing for the first 100 pages because there was a confrontation that takes place right off the bat. I thought that might mean that there would continue to be action throughout this book but that was not the case. This book is higher on action than the last book but I still would have liked more simply because I wanted to see Alina in action more. The pacing is quicker in this book though which was nice. 
There are new characters at play which means that there are other people in places of power that want to have Alina on their side. Speaking of new characters....I loved them! Stormhund and members of his crew quickly became favorites of mine as I read Siege and Storm. They were each powerful in their own right but were hard to figure out. I wasn't sure what direction the author was planning to take each of them in but I was happy with their development. I look forward to seeing all of them in the next book. 
There were some surprises in Siege and Storm pertaining to Alina's connection to the Darkling. I loved those moments due to their creepy, dark nature. I'm enjoying how things are progressing in the books and have no doubt that the last book of the trilogy will be just as good if not better than this one. 

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