Aug 20, 2013
Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Overall: 4 out 5 stars
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 a great second installment in the Grisha series. I enjoyed this book more than the first one. There was more action especially in the beginning and the middle of the book. I also felt that the characters really grew up in this book, and some great side characters were introduced.
I thought Alina was great, and I thought that she really grew up Siege and Storm. I know that she still wants power and she doesn’t want to go back to being a burden; but I really like that she is at least becoming more honest with herself. I enjoyed that she decided to do what was right for Ravka despite everything it will cost her. There have been numerous love interests in this series, but what I like is that it always comes back to Mal. The only times she’s attracted to other people is when he’s being a jerk.
Mal drove me crazy in this book. I wanted to punch him more times than I can count. He was a selfish douchebag in this installment. He only cared about himself and his emotions. I really felt like he didn’t care about Alina, he was pouting like a 12 year old boy because she was busy trying to save the world. I know part of it stems from the fact that he can’t really help in that, but he should be trying harder.
There is still something that is missing from this series for me. It’s really odd because I think Leigh Bardugo does a fantastic job with the world building and the character development. I just have a hard time feeling the emotion between Mal and Alina. I know they care about each other, but that’s because it’s been said and not because I feel it. I feel that Alina cares about Mal, but at the end of the day I’m not convinced that he can love her the way she deserves. He’s far to petulant, and he punishes her for things outside of her control. He just seems to immature to understand what is at stake for everyone.
I did enjoy this book, and I would give it 4 out 5 stars because it did have pacing and I really liked the progression of the storyline. However, I want the next book to really make me feel that Mal and Alina love each other and are destined for each other. I’m really looking forward to the final installment Ruin and Rising.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**