18 June, 2013

Siege & Storm - Review

Publication date: 4 June 2013 by Henry Holt & Co.
ISBN 10/13: 0805094601 | 9780805094602

Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Keywords: Magic, war, loyalty, power
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Source: ARC

May contain spoilers for those who have not yet read Shadow & Bone


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.

The sequel to last year's Shadow & Bone does not disappoint. Siege & Storm follows Alina and Mal as they try to flee The Darkling's grasp, but it's not much more than an exercise in fleeing your own shadow. The Darkling's spies and purse strings stretch well beyond the borders of Ravka and very soon our heroes find themselves in the hands of the privateer Sturmhond and his crew, on the way to seize yet another powerful amplifier from a creature of legend.

I was a little worried initially at the introduction of a huge secondary character right smack in the middle of a trilogy, but whoa! What a character! He is like something out of mythology himself; in his different guises Sturmhond commands fierce loyalty from his crew as easily as The Darkling commands the volcra. Alina finds herself caught in the wake of his political machinations, at the same time finding that she herself elicits such blind devotion: "Sankta Alina,"cry the peasants beyond the gates. Pilgrims begin to flock to her like moths to a flame.

As the pressure starts to build up to a final fight with The Darkling's forces, Alina tries to rally her defenses, but everything else begins to fall apart. Leigh Bardugo delivers a sweeping, powerful sophomore novel that will leave fans squealing for The Grisha's conclusion.

Don't miss the companion folk tales, "The Witch of Duva" and "The Too-Clever Fox".

*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

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  1. Great review! So glad you loved it!!

  2. Agree that Sturmhond was a great addition! I'm still not completely captured by this series but I certainly love him :)