Title: Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: June 4, 22013
“Weakness is a guise. Wear it when they need to know you’re human, but never when you feel it.”
I think I’m just destined to fall more and more in love with this series. Siege and Storm immediately follows the fallout from Shadow and Bone, with Alina and Mal on the run, with the Darkling hot on their trails. New characters are introduced, as well as new magical powers, and another chance for Alina to strengthen her abilities. There’s just so much to love and I can’t wait to see how everything ends in Ruin and Rising.
Things I Liked
All the banter between all the people! There was so much fantastically witty banter between everyone! Everyone was serving up sass and quick remarks. Some of it was flirty, some of it was biting, all of it was amazing. And hail to the king of sass, one of my new loves, Nikolai.
Like Shadow and Bone, there were lots of great action set pieces and full scenes that felt epic and impactful. The fights were dramatic and tension-filled, and showcased skills from our different characters. And even though parts of the end fight were confusing and muddled, it all came together and left things off with a bang.
The Darkling remains dark and delicious and I have nothing else to say except I would read an entire spinoff series about any point in his 500+ years.
Alina coming into her own and embracing her power and influence over Grisha and otkazat’sya as well. I loved the war council she set up and the changes she implemented. I liked seeing her grow and acknowledge all the facets of her powers – good and bad.
I am a sucker for some great politics in fantasy stories and there was a lot of political power plays, not only with Alina trying to gather Grisha to fight for her, but with Visali and Nikolai, and the Apparat’s cult like influence on non-Girsha people who believe Alina is a saint.
Things I Didn’t Like
What’s up with Mal’s super amazing and unparalleled tracking ability. I know there’s more to it, but there’s barely been hints at it over the past 2 books and it’s starting to feel unnecessarily drawn out.
The side characters could still use some more page time. I get that this is mostly Alina’s story, but I feel like a lot of the side characters are just there and could be interchanged with any faceless person.
This series is definitely a new favorite and I am already planning a reread of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom when I finish the trilogy. Morally grey characters, political power plays, and a rich world come together to create a captivating story you don’t want to put down.