Saturday, June 14, 2014

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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.

As excited as I was about this book (for reasons unknown), I held it off long enough. I think I was worried I would like it less than the first (and then I would have wasted money on it). However, I liked Siege and Storm a lot more than I liked Shadow and Bone.

We were introduced to a number of new characters. All of them I liked. Nikolai had to grow on me a bit, however, by the end I just loved him. I was originally excited to see more of Mal, I think part of the reason I didn't like him so much in the first book was because we didn't see much of him. That excitement was short-lived. I found him incredibly annoying. Alina, throughout the book, was insecure about her relationship with him, and instead of making her feel better about it, on most occasions he was a complete jerk who wouldn't open up to her. And, I really wished we got to see more of the Darkling.

I think my main problem with this book was that it felt a little slow in the beginning. Where I liked the daily life of Alina in the Little Palace in Shadow and Bone, I really didn't care about it in the first third (?) of the book. After that, I felt like things were happening rather quickly. I also liked the ending better than I did in the first book (which made me angry). Plus, the farther away I get from this book, the more I like it which is a nice change from getting mad every time I thought of the first book.

I gave it a 4/5 only because I didn't feel like it deserved anything less.


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