Title: Siege and Storm (Goodreads)
Series: The Grisha #2
Genre: high fantasy, ya fiction
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. in June 2013
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.
Review(SPOILERS from the first book!)
This second book in the Grisha trilogy picks up where we left off. I loved how there was action and lot of plot twists from the start and it basically didn’t stop. There are new characters introduced that you love and/or hate. The love- triangle that was introduced in the first book is kind of gone in this second installment. Instead we get a new one. I wouldn’t say Alina is particularly torn between two men but there’s two men interested in her and that fits my definition of love-triangle. Not my favorite thing in ya literature but I was okay with it for the most part.
This book reminded me of another high fantasy I’ve read recently (The Girl of Fire and Thorns). I can’t really put my finger to it but just sometimes the story line reminded me of it. The books aren’t very similar (hmm maybe a little?) but for some reason, I kept thinking of that other book.
The ending was unexpected and I don’t know what’ll happen next, I have really have no clue. In Siege and Storm everything becomes more complicated, there are more struggles and bigger decisions to make. Alina has changed a lot since Shadow and Bone and I think she will change even more toward the conclusion of this trilogy.
Siege and Storm might be a tad bit better than Shadow and Bone. They’re both fast paced and enjoyable reads. The second book in the trilogy reveals more and is the lead-up to the conclusion.
Alina cannot have lost her powers! How can she take down the Darkling without her powers?! I have two theories on this: a) she transferred her powers onto the Darkling (please no) or b) it’s because she’s so deep below ground. That second one is kind of weak but it COULD be the reason. I don’t see any other explanation for the sudden disappearance of her powers. I don’t think the Apparat has something to do with, those priests worship Alina for her powers and they think she’s a saint. It wouldn’t be logical that would be behind it. But dear lord… the Darkling cannot have her powers! Did anyone see that plot twist coming with Tamar and Tolya? I mean, their allegiance was kind of questionable but I trusted them. Then we find out they’ve been working with those priests all along?! I don’t get why they would do that? I’d like to learn more about that in the next book. Lastly, I’d like to discuss Nikolai/Sturmhond. Overall, I like Nikolai. He knows what he wants and he is willing to fight for it. He’s also smart and has everything planned out. The only thing that’s weird is how he is willing to help Alina and Mal. He wanted her as his queen but then he also wanted to help them escape if that would’ve been necessary. I don’t know, I’d like to trust him… What did you think of Siege and Storm? Any theories?