Book Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm
The Grisha #2
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Magic
Released: June 4th 2013
Review Source: Purchased

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, 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.

I can’t express in words how I feel after reading the sequel of Shadow & Bone. Be prepared because Leigh Bardugo will blow your mind away leaving with a thirst for more.

From the beginning Siege and Storm is packed with actions. Alina and Mal are on the run from the Darkling but they’re soon are captured. Then, we are taken to a sea voyage with mythical creatures, an amazing captain and a battle to escape the Darkling again! The story then follows Ravka preparing for war against the one and only the Darkling.

Although I’ve already mentioned the Darkling too many times, he plays very little role in the sequel. I am not a fan of him, so it didn’t bother me. I still think he is evil, evil, evil!

As for Alina, she is embracing her new powers. With power comes responsibility, and this is what Alina is learning. What I love about her in this book is that she did a complete 360. She’s badass now. She’s making though decisions, even if she doesn’t want to make them. My only issue with Alina is her new relationship status with Mal. I love Mal, he is sweet and adores her. But in this book, their relationship starts to crumble. Mal become insecure of himself. This annoyed me to the maximum. Their lack of communication was making me sick! I felt like slapping Mal sometimes with his insecurity and Alina for her lack of emotions toward him.

I am leaving the best for last – the most awesome captain ever, Sturmhond. Lord did he steal my heart. He is fierce, clever, and charming. His witty comments will have you laughing.

What I love most about Leigh Bardugo is the way she makes you feels like you are part of the book. Is like watching everything live, making everything feels so real. The action is OH.SO.GOOD! I cannot wait for Ruin and Rising! This series is a must read.


  1. I still haven't read the first book! I've got something to look forward to, though, knowing the second one is fabulous...

  2. I was disappointed the Darkling didn't play a bigger role in this one; though he is definitely evil, he is filled with charisma and he's fun to read about.


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