Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
(The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2)
Young Adult, Fantasy
Add to Goodreads
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.
What I thought
I have put off doing this review for too long I just don’t know what to say exactly I am torn because this book was an okay read for me, I am just so conflicted. As a whole, I did not dislike the book. I am a character-driven reader and I am just frustrated by some of the characters. Though I do have some ranting down below.
First, I now totally get why so many people love Nikola. I really liked Tolya and Tamar and they are some of my favorite characters by the end of this book.
Now for the parts that I didn’t like:
The Darkling – Younger me may have loved him but I now think he is just an arse. I just have no patience for psychological warfare.
Mal – At the end of the first book I liked him but the Mal he turns into… I just want to shake him. The poor me self-destruction that he lays at Alina’s feet is just outrageous. He is worse than the Darkling at time.
Alina – My annoyance is her putting up with Mal and feeling like it’s her fault he is acting that way.
Okay so I know that is a mess but I really didn’t want to spoil anyone if they haven’t read the book.
My Rating: /5