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Siege and Storm: Book 2 (THE GRISHA) Kindle Edition
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Siege and Storm carries on the fantastic plot which was so intricately carved in book one, and the writing continues to be clever, funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. This book will have you laughing one minute and an emotional wreck the next, as Alina's powers are pushed to the limit and her relationships are tested to breaking point. I for one cannot wait for the third and final book. (BOOK CHICK CITY)
Siege and Storm is a fantastic sequel to last year's debut SHADOW & BONE. In fact, it was even better. It had everything I loved about the first book-the world-building, the incredible characters, the immersive writing-and more. My heart! This book is truly epic, filled with oodles of imagination and entertainment. (WINGED REVIEWS)
I was away on the ships and wandering through Ravka with Alina and Mal, I was on the receiving end of his kisses and his annoyances. I felt the sun warm the pages whenever Alina summoned and I felt the fear when The Darkling was around. There is nothing I don't love about the world in which the Grisha trilogy is set and I cannot wait until next year to see how this series is going to conclude. (READARAPTOR)
I wrote a piece here gushing about why the Grisha series is so different and so special. There are many small reasons that all come together to create the awesomeness. But there are also many more that I can't even explain. Maybe it is different because it is just magic. It has the most exquisitely constructed world, the best-written characters, the most amazing writing and storyline. And it always always always leaves me desperate for more. It always leaves me aching, foaming at the mouth, for more: right now. And that, perhaps, is why it is so special. It is magic. It is beautiful. It is perfect.
(THE BOOK ADDICTED GIRL)
Well, except for that cliffhanger. How am I meant to make it a whole year with that hanging over my head?!
Leigh Bardugo, you sure know how to involve your readers and make them an emotional wreck. Siege and Storm is an enthralling sequel that seriously ups the game and expectations of the reader. It is written so beautifully that is flows flawlessly while keeping the magic alive in the readers mind. If you want to read a fantasy series that has a truly unique world then read this series. (READ WRITE AND READ SOME MORE)
...a strong and satisfying sequel solidifying my belief that The Grisha Trilogy will go down as one of my favourite series of all time. (JESS HEARTS BOOKS)
Wow, wow, wow - that's all I can say. Siege and Storm only confirms that Leigh Bardugo is a must-read author for all teenage bookworms and fantasy fans! Set in a beautiful and magical fictional land, the novel draws you in with its vivid imagery and unique array of characters... If you haven't entered the world of Grisha yet, then why on earth not?! I mean, you know a novel is superb when words fail you and you just can't coherently speak anymore... right? (FEED ME BOOKS NOW)
In so many series the second book is a huge let-down. Siege and Storm? An exception. It is a squillion times better than Shadow and Bone... I adore the writing - it's so lyrical, so beautiful, yet so modern and witty and funny. I love this blend of classic fairytale and modern day. And it always seems to leave me wanting more! And the plot was amazing too. It was just nonstop action, nonstop thrills, nonstop suspense and nonstop excitement. I gobbled it up, falling harder in love each time. And then having my heart totally broken. Numerous times... I didn't see ninety-nine percent of the twists coming and could have just read this three-hundred-odd-paged-book in one sitting! You know, if I didn't need sleep and food and stuff... (The Book Addicted Girl GUARDIAN TEEN BOOKS) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Though Alina longs to be with Mal, just the two of them, but she can’t abandon her people. Now determined to stand against the Darkling, who has developed a dangerous new power, Alina must learn the extent of her own power if she hopes to stop him.
The characters were entertaining, and I was intrigued to see what happened to Genya and David. We were treated to two new, brilliant characters; Tolya and Tamar. The brother and sister quickly became two of my favourites and were real badasses, easily worth a dozen men in battle. Sturmhond was incredibly entertaining, I loved his snarky comments and quips and his blasé attitude, he’s the kind of man who would see a fatal gunshot as merely an annoyance.
Now the most powerful Grisha in the Second Army, Alina becomes the commander. It was good to see her in a real leadership role, and she flourishes with the responsibility. I enjoyed seeing her amongst the characters from the first book, my favourite being David. Not only does she now command the Second Army, but Alina must deal with the increasing Saint Alina/ Sun Cult following.
But with the new responsibilities, Alina draws away from Mal, which was so sad to see. They are so obviously destined to be together, despite all the complications. Even without him there, the Darkling lingers in Alina’s thoughts. She may hate him and the terrible things he does, but she is still drawn to him, he is the only person in the entire world who can understand her and the weight of her powers. This was one love triangle I actually enjoyed since there were actual reasons for her to be drawn to the bad boy (since they are the only two of their kind in the world) even though she loves someone else. Still, I longed for Alina and Mal to overcome it all and be together.
A third party appears, and it was intriguing to see whether they’d be an aid or a hindrance to Alina and her friends.
I loved this book and its magic system. It had some brilliant twists and turns and a great cliff hanger. I give it 5/5 and am dying to find out what happens in the final instalment of Shadow and Bone trilogy.
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That’s not to say this is a bad book, because it really isn’t. Even though this trilogy isn’t quite my thing I do love Bardugo’s ideas, and every now and then there are glimpses of an amazing book. I love the struggles between the different pillars of power, from the church who believe Alina is a saint to the power struggle between the monarchy and The Darkling, and I love the idea of Alina’s internal struggles.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and Alina’s not the same girl as she was before. Her power is a natural part of her, always has been even though she spent so long suppressing it, and so she can’t help but crave more. The real question here is: is Alina really losing herself, or is the person she’s becoming the version of herself she was supposed to be all along?
The problem is I still don’t feel like I know Alina well enough to care about the answer to that question. I feel mean saying it but she’s so boring. I’ve tried so hard to see her from a different way – maybe I’ve gotten too used to ‘kick-ass’ (I hate that phrase) YA heroines and I need to respect that Alina has a different kind of power – but it’s not that. I love quiet heroines as much as I love the Katniss Everdeens of the world, but I know nothing about Alina other than that she loves Mal and she’s drawn to The Darkling. She’s a heroine defined by the men around her and that’s so boring.
I keep reminding myself that Alina’s only 17 and try to compare what happens to her with how I’d react when I was 17, and I can guarantee I’d also make stupid decisions and get things wrong and probably just cry in a corner and hope my parents came to help me, if I’m being completely honest. It is heartbreaking that Alina doesn’t really have anyone to turn to other than Mal, the two of them don’t have parents they can remember, and as she and Mal grow apart she feels completely alone with the burden that’s been thrust on her shoulders at such a young age.
But, again, I don’t know this girl well enough to care. I can empathise with her and I can feel her frustrations – it is unfair of Mal, for example, to expect her to be exactly like the girl she was before, especially when that girl was essentially a girl he could ignore unless it suited him to remember she existed – but when all I know about Alina before this series started is that she spent her entire life waiting for Mal to notice her, and nothing else, then I’m sorry but that’s not a compelling enough heroine. Maybe there’s stuff here I’m just not seeing, and I did really appreciate Bardugo exploring how there are certain things you can’t come back from even if you might want to, but Alina makes no sense to me.
I feel like Bardugo thought of Alina’s role in this story before she thought of Alina, so this unknowable girl is simply walking through the steps of a story that was decided long before she came into the picture. If you create a heroine and her personality does nothing to change the original plot progression you had in mind, have you really created a fleshed out person or have you created an actress for the part you want played out in your story?
Personally, I think I would have loved this series if it had started a little differently. If Alina’s power had been discovered when she was younger and she’d been taken to The Darkling and raised by him, this story would be so much stronger. Imagine this girl being brainwashed with ‘love’ from a man who tells her he wants to use her power for good when really he wants to use it for his own gain, and this girl having to turn against him, even though she loves him, to ultimately do the right thing. My major problem with this series is that I don’t know enough about Alina before The Darkling discovers her to care when she changes.
Also this book had yet more boy drama and far too much of it in a story set in a country that’s literally being ripped apart by shadow monsters. I don’t care who you want to kiss, Alina, I care about the religious, political and military upheaval in your country!
That huge rant aside (and I send my sincere apologies to people who adore this series, I’m not trying to be purposefully mean) there are parts of this book that are done well. Alina’s starting to discover that her whole life from now on is going to be a game of guessing whether people want to get to know her because she’s Alina or because she’s the Sun Summoner, and that’s a horrible conclusion for any 17 year old to have to come to.
The highlight of this novel for me, however, was Nikolai and his crew. He so easily could have been a flighty prince who Alina had to teach the importance of Ravka to, but thankfully Bardugo doesn’t go down that route. Nikolai already cares about his country a great deal, and he knows that, compared to his older brother, he’s what’s best for it when it comes to the succession. He also teaches Alina a lot about how to be a public figure, lessons she sorely needs when rumours are being spread that she’s a saint returned from the dead.
I could have done without the one-sided jealousy between Mal and him, however, and there continues to be rampant girl hate between Alina and Zoya that I have no time for. Zoya isn’t a particularly nice person, but I do like her because we know her loyalty to Alina is genuine considering how little she and Alina care for each other, but for Alina to question why Zoya would choose to side with her instead of The Darkling when, shock horror, this conflict isn’t only affecting Alina is infuriating. Again, I’m trying to remind myself that Alina’s only 17, but sometimes she’s so inward-looking it’s painful.
Ultimately I did enjoy this book more than the first, mainly thanks to Nikolai, and the actual bones of the story is a story I like, but for me the characters fall too flat for me to ever completely enjoy them.
Leigh Bardugo just upped her game. I thought Shadow and Bone was good. I mean, I really liked it, it got an 8/10 rating but I didn't feel like it was as good as everyone made it out to be. But I see now. This book just made the series so much better. The plot was more exciting, Aline is becoming more of a flawed and layered person, but more and more intriguing. Her and Mal's relationship is much more tense, which allows for much better reading material and Nikolai's introduction to this series, along with Tamar and Tolya just spiced up this story like no other. And the new introduction to Sankt Ilya to the general plot gave Alina so much more purpose. Leigh Bardguo is starting to tick those boxes and I'm not letting this series go on without me.
Can you now understand why it was frustrating to not being able to truly immerse myself in the book? I advise you to have a sit down and read this book in a few sittings, like I did with Shadow and Bone, instead of painfully trying to get a few minutes in of reading here and there. It's torture. I'm picking up Ruin and Rising straight away now to keep reading and hopefully can move on to reading Six of Crows and the rest of Bardugo's books. While I was a little doubtful of her fantasy world while reading the previous book she totally won me over with this one!
The main protagonist's personal development was unsatisfying and sketchy. Robin Hobb is my favourite by far at writing in character growth. None of that skill is visible here. This is where I lose a star this time.
More than OK, a good read, a cut above the rest, with alot to it; I liked it
Set following the end of the the first book, Siege and Storm picks up almost directly after the end, following Alina and Mal as they try to escape from the Darkling and work to earn some money to fund their new life. Unfortunately most people know this isn't the case, and Alina ends up back at Os Alta and the Little Palace, this time regarded as a saint who perished at the hands of the Darkling and was resurrected.
At this point, I know I enjoy Leigh's writing and would love to continue reading the story just for that, but I'm starting to think I just don't like some of the characters. Alina is very difficult to read and her constant change in personality is very frustrating at times. At the start of the story, after being captured by the Darkling yet again, Alina kills another of Morozovas amplifiers and it was at this point I realised what the story was about.
We're following Alina as she tracks down each of Morozovas amplifiers and uses them to defeat the Darkling. Book one corresponds to the stag, book two corresponds to the sea serpent, and book three (and I'm just guessing here) corresponds to the fire bird. And suddenly the story makes sense.
Ultimately, this book got off to a good start. I loved Alina and Mal's relationship in the first book, and I really wanted it to grow throughout this book (needless to say I was disappointed, but what can ya do?). Despite getting captured by the Darkling once again, the introduction of some more primary characters (Hello Nikolai!) made up for this, and their escape was fast paced. The variety of characters and their various backgrounds made this a very enjoyable book, however there were certain things that reduced my rating. As previously mentioned, I really struggled to like Alina. During the first book I put this down to the fact she was thrust into a world she doesn't understand, and being heavily influenced by the villain of the story, but during this book, Alina was held accountable for her actions with no further influence.
It was very difficult to get past the constant concern she wasn't going to find the 3rd amplifier, and throughout the book this costs her her relationships with various characters. Mal is still one of my favourite characters, and his story with Alina was a very difficult one. He tries extremely hard to prove that he is not just some weak soldier only good at one thing, and despite his opinions, he tells Alina he will help her find the 3rd amplifier.
In addition to Mal, I also loved the addition of Nikolai. I'd heard so many people go on and on about the wonderful, sarcastic, humorous Nikolai Lantsov, and I was not disappointed. He was a very complex character, haunted by the rumours that surround him, and leading several double lives. Soldier, Captain/Privateer, Prince, son, friend, the list is virtually endless. The only negative I had was the way in which he was introduced, because I was not surprised in the slightest. I felt like Leigh was trying to mislead us a little to begin with, trying to find a way in which to uniquely introduce Nikolai as a character, but I wasn't shocked by it. In fact, I thought it was almost a cliche.
Because of my love for a couple of the main characters, I could have given this book 4.5/5 stars, but what let this book down for me was the mere similarity to the first book. The plot goes as follows; Girl gets caught, girl develops (more) power, girl escapes from bad guy, girl tries to rally support, girl gets caught again, girl escapes again. The near identical plot line meant that at no point was I really surprised. During the first book, rallying support was not exactly a major plot point, and for this book it definitely was, but there was nothing that really made me want to read on. By the end of the book, and Alina's second capture, I was almost 99% sure that she was going to escape again, and because of that, I felt like this book deserved a lower rating.
I can't wait to get on to the third and final book in this trilogy, but I am extremely hopeful that that book will differ in plot to the previous 2. Despite thinking the writing got slightly better in Siege and Storm compared to Shadow and Bone, the plots were just too alike, and I don't think that layout will work for the final book. But despite my reservations regarding the plot line, I am very excited to carry on reading even if it's just for the characters. This world is one you just lose yourself in, and Leigh has done a fantastic job to keep me reading so far.
I just can't wait to see how this story ends.
This was leaps and bounds better than the first book.
You can really see that Bardugo's writing has improved and the pacing of the book was just right, which says a lot about how much she's come along seeing as the pacing was my biggest problem with the first book.
I don't know what it is, but, barring a few exceptions (Kate Daniels from Magic Bites, Anna from Anna and the French Kiss, and Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle), I haven't met many female protagonists that I like, and Alina is not one of those exceptions. I'm really struggling to get along with her. I just feel that if she just manned up and had a grown-up conversation with the people around her, she might actually save herself, and me, a lot of grief.
We meet a new character in this book - Sturmhond .
I won't say anymore, but he is now, officially, my favourite character. This book is worth reading for him alone.
And Mal! Poor Mal :(
Him and Alina just can't seem to catch a break, can they? I have to say, out of all the possible ships in this series, I'm definitely rooting for these two. I just think they're so perfect for each other and I will lose all faith in love and HEA's if they don't make it.
The Darkling is ... well ... he's there.
Seriously, Authors need to stop writing these hugely attractive bad guys that keep making me question my morals. I would totally destroy the world for a piece of that. Seriously, if Alina doesn't want him I will totally have him - and Sturmhond.
I spent the first half of the book feeling like the story could be moving faster than it actually was, and that nothing much was really happening barring a couple of incidents. And then BAM! All the things started happening, and I realised that, actually, things had been happening all along.
Overall, a brilliant read which more than makes up for the short-comings of the first. Just be warned: here be feels.
The book throws you in at the deep end straight from the start, and my favourite part of this book is the new character's that are introduced. I won't give too much away, but Sturmhond is probably my new favourite. His interactions with Alina and Mal make me smirk.
Alina really comes into her power in this book, and I love the inner battle she's struggling with. It was also great to see some returning characters, and to get more insight into the sort of villain the Darkling is (spoiler, he's ruthless!).
PM yesterday evening. Instead of stopping reading and getting ready for bed, I immediately downloaded this sequel and launched straight into reading it, not stopping until it was 3.30 am and I physically couldn't keep my eyes open. This morning, I blasted through the rest of it. This hopefully gives an idea of how much I've been enjoying the series, and I can't wait for Book Three to come out next year.
That said, while I gave Book One a definite 5 star rating, I've dropped this one to a 4. Most of what made the first book great - the interesting setting, the developed magic, the twists and turns, the fab characters - were still all present and correct but it just didn't grab and thrill and obsess me to quite the same extent.
I think part of the problem is the one that's a constant danger for the middle books of epic trilogies: the novelty and the uniqueness and the sense of the main character finding themselves that you get with a good first book has worn off, but until the third book, there can't be any real resolution. A good chunk of the middle section of the book felt like filler - entertaining, well-written filler, but not something that really advanced the plot.
For me though, the major factor in the drop in star rating was the distinct lack of Darkling action. He was by far my favourite character in the first book and instantly entered the ranks of my favourite characters of all time. It was striking how much my attention waned when he wasn't around in this book, and perked up in the few instances he reappeared. In fact, it made me feel rather shallow - I thought I'd loved the series for its unusual setting and interesting system of magic, but it turns out that a huge part of it was good old-fashioned crushing over the hot evil guy!
Speaking of evil guys,it was also concerning than whenever he did appear, he was pretty unequivocally evil. I much preferred him a darkly sinister love interest than a full blown supervillian, and while there's a part of me that would still like to see him and Alina end up together, I think he crossed several lines that will make this extremely difficult. It's good that the author took some risks and moved the plot on, but I preferred the dynamic of the previous book where he was in charge of all the Grisha and been courted by him was an honour. And above all I missed them having any romantic scenes. There were a few tiny hints, but of their few scenes together, most were unutterably grim.
This is a little more rambling and emotional than most of my reviews and I think that's a sign of how much the book got to me, so can only be regarded as a good thing. You should definitely read this book if you enjoyed the first one, just brace yourself for a bit of a different feel.
It was great fast paced packed with action book. The middle was a bit slower but I loved the plot, enjoyed the characters and the whole world building.
I like the idea that there is no clear division between good and bad, white and black, light and darkness.
I can't wait to finish the trilogy.