Siege and Storm is the second installment in the Grisha trilogy. Click here for the review of the first book. The review is in Dutch, but there is a translate button on that blog! Be aware of spoilers from the first book!
The story begins where the first book ended; with Mal and Alina running away from the Darkling. Alina and Mal try to make a life together, away from the Darkling and his army.. But everything isn’t going as smooth as they hoped. And Alina can’t possibly deny who she is, she can’t outrun her own power.
The Darkling survived the accident on the Fold, and he is even stronger now. He got a terrifying strong new power and a very dangerous plan, that involves Aline. If he finds her first…
With the help of a mysterious privateer, Alina and Mal return tor Ravka. But Alina’s power is getting stronger and slowly she starts slipping toward the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal.
Is Alina able to save Ravka from the Darkling, or does she need saving herself?
I was disappointed to read nothing about how Alina and Mal tried to set up a life away from the Darkling. I really want to read about them trying to set up a life together, how they would be along ‘regular’ people.
This book contains just a few scenes of Alina and the Darkling (or just the Darkling in general) which is a bit weird after the first book, that is just filled of scenes with them together. You kind of start to miss the Darkling in this book!
In this book, we receive a handful of new characters, and some I sure loved! We alse get to meet a very different Alina. The Alina is things book wants power, and makes sure everyone knows she isn’t a helpless girl anymore. She developed so much in this book. And I love her for that! I am always into character development, and this story sure contained that!
Looking back at this book, I have to tell you that not a lot is happening is this book. I am pretty sure you could sum up this book in just a few sentences, which should have made this book boring as hell.
But Bardugo contains some sort of magic when it comes to writing! I am a big fan of her writing style. Every character is so different than the one we met before, which makes the book so amazing.
This book left me wanting so much more! And the realization that there will be one more book after this one, makes me cry a little inside.
Once again, Bardugo gets a 5 star rating from me!