Monday, June 24, 2013

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo (website)(Twitter)
Genre: YA, fantasy, action/adventure
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Rating: I really liked it

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) - my review

***This is the second in the series and as such might contain spoilers for the first. If you haven't read Shadow and Bone you might want to skip this one***

Ya'll know I fangirled all over Shadow and Bone. I was so excited to read Siege and Storm but was a bit worried too. Afraid that the second one wouldn't be as good as the first one. I need not worry since Siege and Storm  was every bit as good.

This one picks up where the first left off. Mal and Alina have escaped from the Darkling (hence forth referred to as my second husband - kidding...sort of). But like the tag line says, Darkness Never Dies. He finds them and has a cool extremely terrifying new trick. 

After their capture, they are held aboard a ship. Here we are introduced to Sturmhond. Oh, Leigh, why did you introduce such a character to make me think of swaying from the Darkling? WHY?! Sturmhond is a wonderful addition to the characters. He's funny, mysterious, sarcastic and hot. He knows just the right thing to say to make you laugh so I was tickled that he was a central character. 

There were twists and turns and tons of action. I love reading a book that makes me feel as if I am right there and this does. The characters are so well developed that you think you really know them. The fight scenes are so intense that you felt like you fought them. I won't spoil the plot by adding anything else.

So why the "I really enjoyed it" instead of the "It was amazing!"? In a word...Alina. I found her to be highly annoying this go round. She was being worshiped as the Sun Summoner, she had men fighting over her and she could make a real difference in Ravka but she just whined about how hard her life was. Oh great day. Sometimes it seemed like she had a split personality.

That being said, I can't wait for the final book in the trilogy. Will be interesting to see how everything is wrapped up.

If you've read this who were you rooting for?


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I thought the pacing was excellent and Leigh did an awesome job of bypassing the dreaded Middle Book Syndrome. I can see what you mean about Alina - but Mal was the characters who got under my skin the most in S&S. I just wished he could have been more understanding.

    1. I felt bad for Mal because Alina was so wishy washy. Even if she felt like she had to step up she could have considered him a bit more so we're a bit opposite on that, huh? Leigh rocks my book socks off. She's an auto-buy author for me for sure!

  2. I looooved this book. I can see where you're coming from re: Alina, but I found her to be really sympathetic, personally. Sturmhond was just completely AWESOME, though. Definitely my favorite new character, hands down. I liked that he wasn't *just* his sarcasm, too, but so much more than that.

    I can't wait for Ruin and Rising!

    1. Good point about him being more that just his sarcasm. He was swoony and smart. Loved him. Can't wait for it either. She just does such a wonderful job with her characters. Awesome books!


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