Saturday, June 21, 2014

Siege and Storm

Last summer I read Shadow and Bone and was immediately drawn in by the unique world and magic. I loved that I didn't know what to expect, and I loved the food porn. Well, Siege and Storm, the sequel, finally came out in paperback so I got a copy! Luckily right before I met the lovely author, Leigh Bardugo, but that's a post for another time. So, without further ado, I give you Siege and Storm.

Retrieved from Goodreads
Alina Starkov has fled from Ravka and the Darkling. She wants to get as far away as possible, but hiding her identity as the Sun Summoner isn't easy. The Darkling has emerged from the Fold with a new deadly power, and he still wants Alina at his side. With the help of a reckless privateer, Alina returns to Ravka to help the country prepare for battle against the Darkling. A cult has sprung up in her absence, calling her Saint Alina, the Grisha fight her control, and Alina is having hallucinations about the Darkling. At least she has Mal. For now.

The first half of this book is much more fast paced than the second half. However, I found that I loved this book, if not as much as Shadow and Bone, then enough to have me clamoring for Ruin and Rising. Alina struggles a lot in this book with balancing power, her sanity, and her personal relationships. She's trying to come into her own but doing so might mean losing her humanity. And when she does start to thrive in a role of power, her relationship with Mal starts to slip. Now, I found Mal to be great in Shadow and Bone. He's sorta whiny in this one, but I still liked him. His arguments about Alina giving up on them were actually reasonable rather than the usual "oh no I'm being ignored the world is ending." Much more enjoyable this way. I really really wish the Darkling had been in more of the book. He was soooo creepy in the first one. Overall, loved the book and can't wait for the finale and I am hating that I have to wait for it in paperback.

Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
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