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Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha #2)

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“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.”

nano-reward-4What I thought:

I’m not sure what happened but I’ve got no notes for this one…

Not because I didn’t enjoy it, I did, but because nothing stood out enough to me to want to note it down, I guess? I’d heard from several people that Siege and Storm is the weakest book of the trilogy, and I would agree, but it was still an enjoyable read and there were loads of things I liked about it.

This was his soul made flesh, the truth of him laid bare in the blazing sun, shorn of mystery and shadow. This was the truth behind the handsome face and the miraculous powers, the truth that was the dead and empty space between the stars, a wasteland peopled by frightened monsters.

There were a few new character additions in Siege and Storm, but my favourite is Sturmhond. The story took a dark turn very quickly, and he added some much needed comic relief! He also opposed the Darkling himself. In person. Openly! That alone has earned him some brownie points. I also adored Nikolai – cocky, self-assured Nikolaj who can talk his way out of any situation.

And while we’re on topic… Yes, I know Genya has made some bad decisions. I don’t care. I still love her. Although I did miss her and look forward to seeing more of her again in Ruin and Rising.

“Watch yourself, Nikolai,” Mal said softly. “Princes bleed just like other men.”

Nikolai plucked an invisible piece of dust from his sleeve. “Yes,” he said. “They just do it in better clothes.”

That Russian mythology I loved so much played a strong part again here, too. I mentioned in my review of Shadow and Bone that I did some digging, but it was actually Siege and Storm that made me want to know more! Russian folklore is fascinating, and the way Bardugo includes it in this trilogy is a thing of beauty.

No matter what I said, we both knew the hard truth. We do our best. We try. And usually, it makes no difference at all.

While it wasn’t as good as the first book in the trilogy, I’d be lying if I said that I struggled through it. It was a smooth read and I’m excited to start the concluding title in this wonderful series!

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I don’t review books professionally. These reviews are mainly a small summary and my opinion on books I’ve loved, they are not intended to be anything more. All ‘reviews’ include a picture, title and name of author linking to the book’s Goodreads listing, the blurb from the back of the book and my non-professional verdict.

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