Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Year Published: 2013
Paul's Review of Shadow and Bone
Ashley's Review of Shadow and Bone
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This was a surprisingly slow read for me, but I don't think it was the book's fault. I think I subconsciously didn't want to ever finish it.
Shadow and Bone was one of my favorite books of last year and this sequel meets the high expectations I had. Bardugo created such an extensive, interesting world with a cool system of power and order. Then, she broke it. Those are always the best books, books in which the world is just so epic and its falling apart.
All the characters are back, especially the minor characters. Many of them have changed quite a bit since the last book. The Mal and Alina relationship takes an interesting turn, but its reminiscent of most middle book in a trilogy relationships.
There are also new characters. I really enjoyed the Stormund character. I enjoyed him more than Mal.
I like the way Alina is seen as a Saint figure and the way different groups see her. She has become such a powerful person in this world.
The ending was so good! Everything came together. I am so excited for the next book! 5/5!