Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #2
Page Count: 448
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Original Publication Date: 2013
Genre(s): Young adult, Fantasy
Alina is the Sun Summoner. Hunted by the Darkling and his loyal Grisha, but renowned by people who think her a Saint risen from the dead. On their own, she and Mal don’t stand a chance. With the help of an infamous privateer and his crew, Alina is determined to control what’s left of the Second Army to defeat the Darkling once and for all. But to save the world, it may cost Alina her humanity—and the person she loves most.
How am I already done with the sequel??? I cannot slow down with this series. Siege and Storm is your typical sequel—it’s great, but it’s not amazing. While I devoured Shadow and Bone, I moved a little slower through book 2. There’s plenty of action and fun scenes, but a lot of it is just preparation for the final battle against the Darkling. I wouldn’t say it’s boring, it’s just a little slow. The scenes not solely depicting battle preparations are what make this book great. The interactions between Alina and each of the men I ship her with are so tantalizing. Though I love her and Mal together, I want her to be with the Darkling even more. I have a sickness, sorry. I just love them together. But a new contender for my heart has popped up in this second book, and I think I may like him even more than I like Mal… I guess this isn’t a love triangle anymore, it’s like… a love square? No, that can’t be right. I don’t know. But I’m loving it.
The book is once again told in first-person POV from Alina’s perspective. Alina really comes into her own in this book, and I love every second of it. She’s supposedly losing her humanity, but I think some of it is actually just discovering who she is with her power. Sure, she gets a little too angry here and there, starts to crave some violence, it’s fine. But she also finds her voice, and takes charge, and questions things, and listens to her heart. I love it. I’m excited to see how the story ends—where she ends up and with whom she ends up together.
Though I wish the plot would have been a little more fast-paced, I still really enjoyed it. Sequels play an important role in connecting the first to the third book, and that’s just what this one did. Though they’re not usually mind-blowing, they’re important and I can respect that. I love the world and the characters and the story overall, so of course I loved this book. I only liked it slightly less than the first book. It worked great as a sequel, and I can’t wait to get into the last book and see how this concludes. If you loved Shadow and Bone, you’re going to enjoy Siege and Storm and will definitely plow right through and into the last book. If anyone other than me hasn’t finished this series, let me know how you think it’s going to end, because I have no idea!