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Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy) Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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Gr 8 Up–After narrowly escaping the Darkling at the end of Shadow and Bone (Holt, 2012), Alina and Mal are still on the run. Though many believe her dead, Alina knows he will never stop hunting her, and she is right–it isn't long before the Darkling finds and recaptures both Alina and Mal. Forced onto a boat, the imprisoned couple has little choice but to do as he commands: track a second amplifier so that he can use Alina's twice-amplified powers against Ravka. With the help of a pirate with questionable motives, Alina and Mal escape and seek a third amplifier that Alina hopes will give her the strength to combat the Darkling's increasingly evil power and influence before his dark power becomes unstoppable. As with Shadow and Bone, this is a dark fantasy best for patient readers: Bardugo takes her time developing the plot and keeping readers guessing. World-building and character development are top-notch, and relationships and motives are complex; Alina hungers for more power just as much as the Darkling does. Those who haven't read the previous novel recently may want to brush up as there is little rehashing of its plot. An action-packed, heartbreaking ending will leave teens breathless for the final installment.–Leigh Collazo, Ed Willkie Middle School, Fort Worth, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
After twice narrowly escaping the Darkling—the most powerful Grisha (magician) in the land—Alina and Mal find refuge of a sort at the court of the Ravkan king. While the Darkling creates his inhuman armies and regains his strength, Alina copes with disturbing feelings and visions related to her expanding light-summoning abilities, reassembles her own army of Grisha for the next battle, and tries not to lose a sweetheart who daily grows more emotionally distant. Although one could dive into this series here, readers will enjoy it all the more if they begin with Shadow and Bone (2012). In this hefty follow-up, Alina continues her first-person narrative as she, Mal, and Ravkan Prince Nikolai take center stage, with only brief appearances by the Darkling. Bardugo populates her fully realized world with appealing three-dimensional characters and an involving plot that keeps a steady pace. But she doesn’t skimp on the introspective moments that will bond readers to the main characters and have them tapping their feet impatiently for the concluding volume. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A huge marketing campaign and strong reviews met the first book, and film rights are already set for this one, too. The buzz will be big. Grades 7-12. --Cindy Welch
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SIEGE AND STORM has this darkness about it that no other book I've read ever had. And it was refreshing to have a book with such darkness, yet a light that's breaking through the barrier to bring balance into the story. It was amazing, to say the least!!
Alina Starkov is on the run from her last encounter with the vicious Darkliing. He's hunted Alina in the past, and she knows he's hunting her now. And he'll continue to hunt her until he captures her and possesses her Sun Gift Power she wields. He's evil and deadly and has nothing but darkness inside of him. He will unleash a tornado of dead bodies in his wake until he gets what he wants, and he wants Alina, all of her...
Alina just barely made it out alive in her last battle with The Darkling, and she's not ready to take that chance again. Her and her best friend and love of her life Mal, escaped the fold, but not without paying a high price in blood. Lots of lives were sacrificed for them to escape. Now Alina and Mal are just trying to lay low and make enough money to disappear together and leave their terrible past behind them, forever. But The Darkling is not ready to let her go, he's on her trail, and he'll find her, he always does, but this time he might just take all that she loves.
Alina and Mal will have to join forces with a powerful ally if their going to survive. They realize they can't run from The Darkling, they can't escape him, the only way to be rid of him and his evilness is to end him of his wretched life once and for all! As their plans make a 180 in a different direction, and more problems arise, they will have to be prepared not to run from The Darkling, but go to war with him, but this time, she may not make it out alive...
SIEGE AND STORM was sooo much better then the first book SHADOW AND BONE! And the first book blew me away, but this book was EXPLOSIVE!!! We were introduced to new characters in this second book, and Sturmhond was one of them. And let me tell you, he was so dreamy and funny, and totally swoon worthy!! I just wish he was in the first book too, and we were able to get more of him!!!
Overall SIEGE AND STORM was one of the best books I've read this year. And that's saying a lot because I've read some pretty awesome books this year!! But SIEGE AND STORM has come very close to the top!! If you like darkness, with a touch of light, good versus evil, and a deadly game of catch the mouse in the trap, then I'm sure you're going to love SIEGE AND STORM as much as I did!!!
NOTE: I received an ARC for reviewing purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!!
Mal is getting on my nerves, he is acting like a spoiled brat, it's as if now that he has confessed his feelings, Alina should cater to him, and do as he wants. I do not think he likes Alina being the shining star. I may be wrong though. I just don't agree with how he is acting.
The book dragged a bit for me. Those last 100 pages though, were pretty amazing. I wish the whole book had flowed like that. I also really enjoyed the bonus content, and the short story about Genya.
Despite my lack of love for this book, I really still think Leigh's writing is beautiful. I love the world she has built. The story is unique, and enticing, and no one is safe, which I really enjoy. She has a fearless type of writing. And I really appreciate that. I do look forward to finishing this story. Ruin and Rising sounds incredible!
I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone and was extremely excited to continue the ride. I decided to put it off until closer to the release of book three just in case there was any kind of crazy cliffhanger that I needed immediate answers for. I kind of felt like there were times that I was slogging through this book. I know eventually everything was important or to the story or perhaps will be in the next book, but I sometimes felt like I was drowning in stuff that I didn’t care about.
The biggest problem I had about this book and really both books so far, is the romantic element. I know that it’s important and that it shouldn’t overshadow the overall story, but I feel like it does and not in a good way. In the first book, we were supposed to care about Mal, but fall for the Darkling. In this book, I feel like we were supposed to fall for Mal, forget about the Darkling and accept this new horse that is suddenly in the running. Honestly, I still don’t like Mal. He’s whiny and selfish and even more so in this book. I wanted to smack him around for being such a jerk. And of course his jerkiness happened right about the time I was beginning to be resigned to the fact that Mal was Alina’s end game. I don’t like it, but I was beginning to accept it. Now I’m kind of hoping that he dies in the final book and Alina ends up with the new horse (who is my absolute favorite character so far in the series).
The Darkling is still a badass…although mostly absent in this book. I did kind of miss him, but he is honestly not the character that I fell for in book one, which is okay since I have a new favorite. The way this book ended was exciting and set up what should be an epic final book. I still love this series and I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing. She has created a compelling world and some extremely interesting characters. The magic of this world is great and I feel like there is still more of it to be revealed. I think I would have rated this book higher if Mal had been killed off at some point. I feel like he drags Alina and the story down. I’m hoping for some kind of redemption for his character in the next book to make me understand why he’s still around and what his purpose is. I can’t wait to read Ruin and Rising.
I won't review quite a lot this for this book as it's a sequel and I do not want to spoil anything/give away plot points, but wow. This was a great follow up to a great first book. The character development alone would have made me give this 5 stars, but Bardugo brought it again.
After the events in Shadow and Bone, Alina faces many difficult decisions concerning the future of her country. Not to give away too much, but for most of the book the reader falls with Alina into the despair she feels of not being understood and the struggle for her to balance her new amount of power. Angsty, like most young adult work, but incredibly well done angst.