Siege And Storm
Soldier. Summoner. Saint
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, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But 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.
As the second book in the trilogy, I felt that Siege and Storm was definitely better than shadow and bone in terms of new ideas and concepts. The beginning started off on a fast- action set pace. We see Alina and Mal, living together, while trying to earn money before they can afford to live deeper away from civilisation, prying eyes and anyone who would recognize Alina. The Darkling however, manages to track them, imprisoning them both again. We can then say that the story takes thrilling turns and twists as we are introduced to new characters.
We explore Alina’s character further, looking into her insecurities, her dark love of her powers and her pessimism. It got slightly annoying when Alina, constantly whined of loneliness, while also isolating herself from the rest of the Grisha and Mal. I felt the Alina’s character, suffered a lot, with pressure and hunger for power. Mal, on the other hand, is a larger part of the story and based on a few hunches, I feel he is a part of the Grisha world more than we (or he himself) is aware. Mal is explored a lot more in Siege and Storm, although he still lacks depth.
Overall the supporting characters were definitely more amusing and interesting, starting with – Strumhond, a privateer who is portrayed as, enigmatic, tactful, charismatic, calculating and a unpredictable, (and who is revealed as something more as the story progresses) along with his comrades Tolya and Tamar, help keep the story afloat, especially during the middle when it begins to drag. Even the Darkling himself, manages to capture my attention with his nichev’oya, carnivorous shadow beasts who do his bidding and attempts at the throne of Ravka.
The setting description never lacked, and I got a clear idea, of every location mentioned. Political ideas and the murky hierarchy of Ravka is also explored, and the occasional humour in between, helps to keep it light and exciting regardless. The ending of the book is what I can describe as an explosion. It seems all the dragging from the middle was just to build up, the tension before the final battle. I was on the edge of my seat; Bardugo certainly knows how to write a good battle scene.
Siege and Storm was better than Shadow and Bone in many ways and although it lack around the middle, I would still say it is a good read. I am excited for the epic conclusion of the trilogy. I would recommend this series to Young adults looking for a simple fantasy, but of course, the books have to be read in order, for the reader to be able to fully understand what is happening.
Ages : 13+
Recommended : Young Adult, Fantasy Lovers.
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Review of Shadow and Bone, first book in the trilogy:
And Ruin and Rising, conclusion of the trilogy: