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 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
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…
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