Siege and Storm, one of my most anticipated sequels of 2013, definitely made my top books of the year list. It’s a rough ride for sure, but it’s definitely worth it.
Young Adult Book Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Title & Author: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA – High Fantasy
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Series: The Grisha Trilogy #2
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
How I Got the Book: ARC via Publisher
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, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But 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.”
Things are Changing
The scariest and best part of Siege and Storm is the fact that Mal and Alina are changing. Alina hungers for more power but is trying to hold on her her humanity – she wants to help Ravka and undo the damage she inadvertently did by expanding the Fold at the end of book one (cuz the Darkling made her). And she’s desperately hanging on to the relationship she and Mal have, even though they both want and need different things than they used to.
Seriously you guys, Siege and Storm is KILLER. SO AMAZING! You’ll want to laugh, cry and beat someone up all at the same time.
A very interesting addition to the story is Sturmhond. Alina finds herself as a prisoner on his ship and knows there’s something off about him. He’s a privateer (aka pirate) who would sell anyone out for a bit of gold. He’s colorful and offbeat and his humor is priceless.
His presence throughout the book offers a lot of turmoil and intrigue, and although I waver on how much I actually like him, he definitely adds a kick to the story.
Bardugo does a fantastic job of keeping things moving – so many elements are all being juggled but with great skill. Alina and Mal journey a new quest, they disagree and fight and they face so many new emotional, physical and mental challenges.
The One Amplifier to Rule Them
Siege and Storm reminds me a bit of The Lord of the Rings. Not for any obvious reasons, but mainly because the main characters (Alina and Frodo) are struggling with power. They don’t want it, yet it calls to them and they crave it.
In the final Grisha Trilogy novel, I’m not sure what will happen. Either Alina will succumb to the pull of unlimited power or she may end up dying. I’m really not sure how Bardugo will save her, but that’s definitely part of the mastery of Siege and Storm.
As a reader, I am honestly fearful for Alina. I think it’s genius to put that type of fear into your readers because then you can do almost anything and surprise or shock them.
The absolute best thing I ADORE about the Grisha Trilogy books is Alina’s grouchy personality. It’s very unique to have a potentially unlikable character. Mal was supposed to be the charming one, according to Alina.
She’s abrasive and snarky and quick to reply wittily. Part of me wants to be her friend and the other part knows I couldn’t handle her. Haha!
This book is stunning. You’ll be stunned by the writing, the new characters and the struggle to accept that relationships and people change. Siege and Storm is a top pick for best book of 2013 so far.