Siege and Storm (Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Published: June 4, 2013
Source/Edition: Bought, Hardcover
Summary provided by Goodreads:
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.
OH. MY. GOSH. WHAT!
(Who else loves The Vampire Diaries?!)
I had to calm myself down a bit to write this review! I was supposed to write another review for a novella but I felt like this took precedence. So many thoughts running through my head. So many conflicting feelings. One thing that I am sure of, though, is this 5 star rating! This was a magnificent, dynamic, exciting, funny and shocking continuation of the Grisha trilogy. There really are no other words. I was so excited to write this review! Siege and Storm is probably one of my favorite books I’ve read this year so far. It had everything in it, action, romance, amazing writing, mystery, and plot twists. It will not disappoint you. It is a lot darker than the first book and you see — or read — the depth of pure evil that is the Darkling. This book will make you go through an emotional roller coaster ride. Good luck!
If you haven’t read this book, stop reading! The rest of this review will be spoilers because I honestly can’t write this review without major spoilers. I really need to let it all out! I don’t know where to begin so I guess I’ll start with the biggest spoiler that I loved. In this book, you meet Sturmhund. I wasn’t sure about him in the beginning but I had a good feeling about him — and I was right! We are introduced to my favorite character in the trilogy, aside from Alina herself. He’s not just Sturmhund — famous privateer — but his official title is mouthful! All you really need to know is that he’s prince Nikolai Lantsov. He is amazing and swoon-worthy! He’s funny, cocky — the endearing kind, strategic, smart, and kind. Oh, handsome, too.
With his introduction, Mal sort of fades into the background but when he resurfaces, he does nothing but anger me. He was so annoying in this book! I loved him so much in the first book and I was looking forward to his bright, cheery, and confident personality in this one, as well. However, we get a whiny, jealous, and insecure Mal. I don’t know how Alina handled it — must be love– but I was ready for him to leave. I think I only liked one line from him: “I came here for you. You’re my flag. You’re my nation.” Anyone else’s heart flip a little there? I wanted that from him! I wanted the Mal who supported Alina and didn’t fear her — I’ll talk about Alina in a bit. This relationship reminded me of one from another book that shan’t be named so I don’t spoil for others. Mal can’t pick and choose what parts of her to love and accept. I think that’s what really angered me. He didn’t want her to be the Sun Summoner, he wanted the old Alina — the Alina that she didn’t even like anymore.
As for Alina, I can’t say I agree with everything that happened with her choices in this book. She wants the power. She wants all the amplifiers. You can see that. She’s starting to get greedy but you can also see that she’s fighting it. She’s trying not to be like the Darkling. This is pretty evident when she tries to sacrifice her life to kill the Darkling. I think that was my main complaint for Alina. She wants to free Ravka and I’m all for that, even if she’s getting power-hungry. Mal — sorry bud — wants her to drop this mission and that bothers me, too. How can he ask her to forget about saving Ravka when she’s literally the only hope now — well, we’ll see after that ending! Anyway, I think it’s pretty selfish of him to ask that of her. There are so many innocent people there, children, babies and he’s okay if they suffer? Just as long as he has the old non-Sun Summoner Alina.
Before I go, because this has become an extremely long review, I just want to say how exciting that ending was! So many things happened and so many lives we’re lost because of the stupidity and jealousy of Nikolai’s brother. He got what he deserved and we don’t even know if Nikolai survived. So, you can assume that I was an emotional wreck. Hence, the gifs.
Some fun quotes I loved:
Alina: “Your highness–“
Nikolai: “Nikolai, but I’ve also been known to answer to ‘sweetheart’ or ‘handsome'”.
Nikolai: “Oh, and the easiest way to make someone furious is to tell her to calm down… Please don’t punch me.”
Mal: “You heard Prince Perfect.”
Nikolai: “I’ve had a lot of nicknames, but that one is easily the most accurate.”
Nikolai: “It would be marriage in name only. Except for the matter of producing heirs.”
Nikolai: “I don’t see why you’re upset. The crowd loved it.”
Alina: “I didn’t love it.”
Nikolai: “You didn’t hate it.”
Nikolai: “So you do like me?”
Alina: “Yes, when I don’t want to stab you.”
Nikolai: “I want to kiss you.”
Alina: “You already kissed me.”
Nikolai: “I want to kiss you again… I want to kiss you but I won’t. Not until you’re thinking of me instead of trying to forget him.”
Okay, that last one wasn’t exactly fun but I loved it, nonetheless. Sorry for that long review! I just really loved this book — and obviously Nikolai!