Saturday, February 23, 2013

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)
Good Reads Summary
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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.


My Thoughts
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Golly, I just re-read my review for the first book, and well, can I say… vague much? All my references to him’s and her’s, to someone changing with then without certain someone’s? Well those him’s and her’s, then those someone’s? Well, they’re back in this one… but not completely the way they used to be.

New places, new people, plus more monsters will likely do that, right? 

Things simply feel different this time around with more of Alina and Mal together. Said fact is mostly a good thing… except that there was something, or someone, missing; the Darkling is here but not here. Yes, his is one of those present absences. Things do work out though…somehow, because Alina is still figuring things out and Mal is still swoon inducing hero-in-the making, but not seeing Darkling here as often as we did, with his confusing and complicated contributions. Well, that was a minor (major) let down. But not completely because him not here was a major thing in what Alina did and didn’t do.  (It made for some frustrating moments on her part, truly it did!  But it’s all good.)

Because there’s the introduction of new people, one of whom read a lot like Depp’s Jack Sparrow, irreverent and cocky but actually so much more than what I’d initially thought. The guy injects the humor in this one while attempting to be like the Darkling, (the latter being with his confusing combination of charming and terrifying.) And yes, he even sometimes succeeds. ‘Sometimes’ because while he does numerous things well, the Darkling shoes are pretty big shoes to fill IMO.  And again, it’s all good… because there are a couple of others who make things interesting even older folks making reappearances: all them add complications that came out of nowhere… so many in fact that I ended up reading this through the night. It was that good.

Thank you, Net Galley!!!!

***

It's book like these that make me happy for net galley.
There were tears there, close to the end. No, really.

Review when I can get myself together…


4.5/5



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