Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha Trilogy
Previous Book(s) Review(s):
1. Shadow and Bone
Original Date Started: September 29, 2013
Original Date Finished: October 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover from my library
“With great power comes great responsibility.” On the run from the Darkling, Alina and Mal are trying to make their great escape. They know that if they are found by him, one of them will not come out alive. But the Darkling being the Darkling, has the power to find her and captures them both. They take to the seas, on the look out for something and that’s when it becomes clear.
The collar that Alina wears is not the only amplifier that Morozova made. There were three, and the Darkling is on the prowl for the second one, threatening Mal’s life to find it. Once it is found, the captain of the ship he commandeers revolts, taking the sea dragon and Alina and Mal with him. But the incident in the Fold has left its mark on the Darkling. He now can create beings of darkness that can’t be killed by knifes and rifles. Only Alina can destroy them and even with the collar she can’t do it for long.
The mysterious pirate captain reveals himself to be the second son of Ravka’s king Nikolai and is bringing Alina back to the capital and his parents. Alina and Mal are hesitant knowing that they should continue to run from the Darkling and try to find the third amplifier. But Alina wants control of the Second Army. She wants to change how people think of the Grisha and warn the people about the Darkling’s intent. So despite Mal’s misgivings she goes along with Nikolai and things are started that can’t be undone…
So just like the first book, Siege and Storm is quite the intense ride. The plot thickens with the revelation of the three amplifiers and Alina starts to change. She blames it on being attacked by the Darkling’s new creatures, but I kind of figured that it had something to do with the collar that she wears around her neck. The Darkling had control of her once, and even though she broke his hold, it doesn’t mean that it’s completely gone. The thing that annoyed me most about Siege and Storm was the fact that after everything that Alina and Mal had been through, she still refuses to tell him the truth about things, which ultimately pushes him away.
Maybe the reason you can’t have a relationship is because you keep lying to each other. Also, she keeps making him compromise, and he does it because he loves her, but honestly, I was kind of happy when he finally blew up at her. As for the Darkling, the bastard just won’t die, and he’s so freaking manipulative. I wish Alina would finally destroy him once and for all, but if that ending was any indication, she’s not going to be doing that anytime soon.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Great development of characters, especially with Alina as she almost kind of goes to the dark side. Mal and her relationship needs some work, and apparently we’ve now entered into a love square instead of a love triangle. Damn, Alina, what did you do to these guys?
Bookshelf worthy? The cover art again is stunning, so yes.