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

August 1, 2013 Book Review, YA, Young Adult 31 ★★★★★

Siege and StormSiege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2
Published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers on June 4th 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
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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.

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Leigh Bardugo has outdone herself and given us a hell of a sequel in Siege and Storm! I ordered this sequel about 36 page into Shadow and Bone (no lie, it was that good!) and I cannot tell you how incredibly amazing this series is!

Once again I was blown away by such a magical world. We are taken aboard a ship to sail the sea, looking for a mythical creature once again. We have flying ships and even more terrifying creatures, courtesy of the Darkling. Alina grows with her power with great cost, a distance that develops between her and Mal. And if all that wasn’t enough, it seems our love triangle has evolved into a… love quadrangle?

My love for how deliciously evil the Darkling is written aside, by the end of Shadow and Bone it is quite clear how made for each other Alina and Mal seem to be. They have a past, a strong friendship and of course a romantic spark. But then we are introduced to the witty privateer Sturmhond in Siege and Storm and I’m amazed once again! The author continues to create such interesting and captivating characters with so much depth and charisma. I immediately fell in love with Sturmhond. So confident and not afraid to show it, he steps on the scene and I’m drawn right to him, much like everyone else.

“The Darkling will hunt you for the rest of your days.”
“Then you and I will have something in common, won’t we? Besides, I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important.”
Mal crossed his arms and considered the privateer. “I can’t decide if you’re crazy or stupid.”
“I have so many good qualities,” Sturmhond said. “It can be hard to choose.”

He holds a secret that threw me for a loop but was a great twist to the story. There is so much more I could say about him but it’s a bit spoilerish to the twist so I’ll just leave it to you to enjoy discovering yourselves.

The mysterious Darkling continues to remain as such and is regrettably absent for a lot of the book, though he manages to haunt our Alina and weasel his way into her mind and fears. I still don’t know what to make of him but I think it may be too soon to count him out as a love interest. He is evil in all the best ways but also seems lonely and sad and that breaks my heart.

“Why won’t you leave me alone?” I whispered one night as he hovered behind me while I tried to work at my desk.
Long minutes passed. I didn’t think he would answer. I even had time to hope he might have gone, until I felt his hand on my shoulder.
“Then I’d be alone, too,” he said, and he stayed the whole night through, till the lamps burned down to nothing.

Like I mentioned above, as Alina grows into her powers, so does the distance between her and Mal. Their lives are heading on two very different paths and Mal is having difficulties coming to terms with that. This broke my heart too because there is so much love and history there, but as for the future? I’m not sure, but I feel like this is the strongest relationship of them all.

“I have loved you all my life, Mal,” I whispered through my tears. “There is no end to our story.” 

What the future hold in this war of power and love, I do not know. It has been an amazing ride of ups and downs and this sequel solidified the series as one of my favorites. There’s action, excitement, adventure, tears and so much heart. I could not recommend this series enough. Let the countdown to Ruin and Rising begin!

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she hides out in Hollywood and indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as makeup artist L.B. Benson.

Her debut novel, Shadow & Bone (Holt Children’s/Macmillan) is now a New York Times Best Seller.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her web site, and downright giddy if you liked Shadow & Bone on Facebook.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

31 Responses to “Review: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo”

  1. Tanja - Tanychy

    I still haven’t read Shadow and Bone and I have it on my shelf (I know I should go to jail for that). I’m so glad you loved this one as everyone loved the first one so I was afraid that this one would disappoint. Great review Sara 🙂

  2. Natalie Aguirre

    Awesome review. I have this on hold at the library and there are 2 people ahead of me. You’ve got me dying to read this and I hope they both read fast.

  3. Eveline V

    Great review! I loved both books in this series and I can’t wait for R&R:) The Darkling was indeed physically absent a lot, but he still managed to be present all the time in the story, if you know what I mean. I think Stormhund was the best added character, he was so funny:)

  4. Andreea G.

    Haven’t read the first book in this series. I am glad you loved the sequel so much. Some series have sequels that are really bad, so it’s good to hear that this sequel was not disappointing.


  5. Christina

    I was totally expecting to be disappointed by the Darkling being largely absent, but, you know what?, didn’t care. STURMHOND cures all evils, or the lack of them. :-p

    The ending of this book was perfection.

  6. Shooting Stars Mag

    I’m glad you loved this one as much as the first! I really need to read this series- gah! I’m so bad with keeping up with series. Hope the third book is just as awesome though.

  7. starryeyedjen

    So…it sounds like you’re leaving Sturmhond for me? Yes? 🙂 Seriously, I’m so glad you finally gave this series a try and that you love it, though I never had any doubts you would. 😛 The wait for Ruin and Rising is going to be TORTURE.

  8. Nick

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying this series, Sara!
    I didn’t love this one as much as the second book, but I had tons of fun reading it. I completely agree with you on the characters! They are totally captivating.
    I personally don’t think the Darkling is meant to be a love interest, but I love his as a villain. Mal and Alina are just perfect together, but they did go through plenty of obstacles in this one.
    I can’t wait for Ruin and Rising!
    Fabulous review, Sara! 🙂

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I really think Mal and Alina are meant to be. But I can’t help feeling like there is more to the Darkling we don’t know yet, like maybe he can be redeemed, even if he isn’t meant for Alina.

  9. MåїÐ»-(¯`v´¯)-»

    “I have loved you all my life, Mal,” I whispered through my tears. “There is no end to our story.” WOW! I am completely absorbed by that quote. I have heard so many amazing things about this series, and I am totally excited to get my hands on the first book, and find out what all the hype is about. I can’t wait to meet Alina and Mal. They not only sound like fantastic characters, but their relationship feels so strong. I’m glad you enjoyed this, Sara! Awesome review! 😀

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  10. Aman

    I finished the first book this week and wasn’t really a fan of Alina, though I loved The Darkling. Best Villain EVER! I loved how the things ended, so that makes me excited for the next book. I’m so glad that you are loving this series, Sara! Great review! 🙂

  11. Joyous Reads

    I’m glad you liked the sequel, Sara. I didn’t fare well with it. But if there’s one thing I can appreciate from Bardugo’s Grisha series, it’s her wonderfully imagined world.

    I’m keeping my hopes alive for The Darkling.


  12. Sunny Duvall

    My heart can’t stop fluttering! I’m seriously almost to the end of this book and AH I JUST…can’t compute it all. Love the review and the quotes you added in!

  13. Lea (YA Book Queen)

    Sturmhond!!! It’s hard not to love him. He’s just so charming 😀

    Glad that you loved this book, too! Now if only we had Ruin and Rising…I’m dying to know what happens next!

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