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Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Year Published: 2013
Synopsis: 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.
Why?: I read and loved Shadow and Bone, as well as the two short stories released as part of the series, and have loved all of them. I'm so excited to finally be able to find out what's next for Alina, Mal, and the Darkling.
Expectations: I expect a dark novel with a lot of magic and adventure. Also, probably a lot of mystery and self-discovery, and more romance than the first installment. Since I loved Shadow and Bone so much though, I'm expecting quite a lot from this book.
Judging a book by its cover: This cover has a very Russian feel to it, like the first book did. I especially like the dragon at the top. If I saw this one on a shelf in a bookstore or library, I would most likely pick it up.