Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mini-Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication date: June 4, 2013
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary (via Goodreads):

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.

Hi. It's me again, here to continue talking about my newly realized obsession with the Grishaverse.

Siege and Storm is the perfect sequel in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha series.

(I could end this review right there.)

Really though, this is what I think all sequels should be. Some characters' stories end; new character arcs begin. There's a mix of sadness in letting go of characters we've admired and respected, but there's also a joy in saying hello to new faces and personalities.

Relationships are less cut and dry. People are less cut and dry. The heroes turn out to be less noble than we once thought, and the villains are laid bare – certainly still dark and evil, but now even more intricate and baffling and somewhat enigmatic, and you can't help but commiserate with them in spite of their horrifying deeds.

This book is better than the first. It's more complex, it's a deeper dive, it's stark and it's gripping and it's suspenseful and lively and heartrending (did you see what I did there?) and no one – not even you, lovely reader – will get out unscathed. Read Shadow and Bone, and then read Siege and Storm, and make sure you have Ruin and Rising on hand while you're at it – otherwise you'll make yourself sick with anticipation if it's not within reach by the time you turn the last page.

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