Siege and Storm (Grishaverse, #2) (Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #2)

by Leigh Bardugo

4.04 of 5 stars 75 ratings • 31 reviews • 108 shelved
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Siege and Storm (Grishaverse, #2) (Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #2)

by Leigh Bardugo

4.04 of 5 stars 75 ratings • 31 reviews • 108 shelved

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Enter the Grishaverse with book two of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by number one New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo. Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor and Sarah J. Maas.

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Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov's power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner - hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can't outrun their enemies for long.

The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina's magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.

But as the truth of Alina's destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling's deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice - and only she can face the oncoming storm.


Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

  • ISBN10 125004443X
  • ISBN13 9781250044433
  • Publish Date 17 June 2014 (first published 4 June 2013)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Square Fish
  • Format Paperback (US Trade)
  • Pages 435
  • Language English

Reviews

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Siege and Storm is the second book to Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone Trilogy. This book is also apart of the Grishaverse series written by Leigh Bardugo. If you are thinking about reading the Grishaverse series, I would recommend reading the Shadow and Bone Trilogy first and then the Six of Crows Duology. I couldn’t wait to dive into the trilogy’s second book after I finished the first book. I needed to know what would happen to Alina and Mal after they escaped the Darkling in the Fold. 

Storyline/My Thoughts: Do not read this review unless you have read the book(s) in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. I don’t usually spoil, but just in case, I wanted to give a forewarning. Sometimes I get overzealous in my review, especially if I enjoyed the book. Although this book only received four stars, I still did like it. One aspect drove me crazy, though. I’ll go over it in my review.

I love this trilogy by Leigh Bardugo due to the writing style, world-building, and characters. I love how she has the trilogy based on Tsarist Russia of the early 1800s. I don’t think I’ve ever read books that involved Russian culture before and in a made-up world. I love when authors do something different.

This book picks up where the first book left off with Alina and Mal on the run and hiding from the Darkling and his Grisha. Unfortunately, he finds her, and he has a new scary power that ends up hurting her. The Darkling is not someone to mess with within this book; even his own Grisha are scared of him. It takes a privateer (pirate) to save Alina and Mal and get them out of the Darkling’s radar. Alina finds out in this book too that the Darkling is after another amplifier, and it involves another mythical creature called the sea whip. It’s real, though, and Alina is going to realize the only way to beat the Darkling is to beat him at his own game. Alina and Mal will find out the person that saved them is someone unexpected. I loved this new character and hope I get more of him in the next book. I also loved getting to know the new Grisha in this book. It’s amazing how authors can keep up with all different characters and their backstories.

The ending of this book was full of action and, unfortunately, death. I feel that the Darkling is always two steps ahead of Alina and Mal, even if Alina feels she can defeat him. An unlikely ally will help Alina and Mal at the end of the book, which I still don’t like from the first book.

The Darkling was different in this book from the first, not only with his new power but also his creepy ways. He is obsessed with Alina and power. He will do anything to get her, even torture her and everyone she loves. He didn’t get many appearances in this book, but he made his point of being different when he did.

Alina drove me crazy in this book because the first book had a love triangle, but this one has others falling for her and wanting to use her for her power. She has people proposing to her and driving Mal to jealousy. Alina, of course, punches and kicks at the newcomers, but these new men in her life are still making their moves. Poor Mal! Mal was there for Alina, but he knew he could not offer her anything. Alina kept driving him away instead of telling him the truth, which led to miscommunication. This is what made me give this four stars. The two characters that love each other were driving each other apart.

I also feel Alina needs to get her priorities in check. There was a part in this book where she put herself in danger on purpose and almost ruined everything. She needed someone to put her in check, and it took the ending for her to wake up. I hope she starts waking up more in the next book, too. She needs to realize that the Darkling is not going away, and she needs to find a way to defeat him.

I’m so glad I’m reading these books, though. Leigh Bardugo has a new fan from now on, and I can’t wait to dive into the other books to the Grishaverse universe.

Standalone or Part of Series: It’s part of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy and Grishaverse series.

Cliffhanger: Yes.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I would recommend this trilogy to Young Adult Fantasy readers. If you are a fan of Sarah J. Maas, Richelle Mead, Victoria Aveyard, etc., then you’ll enjoy these books by Leigh Bardugo.

The best part of reading these books is that I’m reading them back-to-back without having to wait for them to release. I love binge reading a series, and I also reading fantasy books. It’s my first look when it comes to reading.

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pamela 4 of 5 stars
Instead of suffering from middle-book syndrome Siege and Storm vastly surpassed the mediocrity of Shadow and Bone. Alina really came into her own, and she turned out to be a really interesting character with many, many shades of grey.

There were moments when Siege and Storm was still a little tropey, but the story was strong enough, and Leigh Bardugo's writing mature and developed enough that it didn't matter so much. I also felt like this book gave a better sense of the world and the internal mythology (although I still feel like there would have been a lot more scope for world-building had this been a High Fantasy novel, rather than YA).

I'm looking forward to reading book three now, and I'm glad I didn't give up after the first book. Let's see if the trilogy can keep up the new pace.

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Quirky Cat 5 of 5 stars
Siege and Storm is the second novel in Leigh Bardugo’s groundbreaking Shadow and Bone Trilogy. It’s also the second novel in her extended universe known as the Grishaverse. No matter how you look at it, this is not a novel you want to miss out on. I’m honestly still kicking myself for taking this long to get around to reading the series.
Ravak is a country torn apart by war, greed, and the Shadow Fold. This is the same world that contains Grishas – people who can do extraordinary magic. Or in the case of the Darkling; horrible feats of power.
Alina and Mal may have escaped significant danger on that dreadful day, but now they’ve found themselves on the run. And worst of all, the Darkling is alive and is undoubtedly seeking to take Alina back. But they have more allies than they’re aware of; granted each and every person they come across is bound to have their own goals as well. But any port in the storm.

“He didn’t understand. The dreams were the only place it was safe to use her power now, and she longed for them.”

Siege and Storm was every bit as emotional and powerful as its processor. This novel blew me out of the water and left me eager to read more (luckily for me there are plenty of books left to read). Where Shadow and Bone introduced the series, Siege and Storm brought it to all new heights.
It isn’t every day that I read a fantasy novel that makes me mist up. And yet that is exactly what Siege and Storm did here. I was shocked by the amount of emotion Leigh Bardugo was able to fit in these pages.
What I loved most about Siege and Storm is that Bardugo added politics, plotting, and interpersonal disputes into the mix. It made an already complex and vivid world feel so much more alive – and intimidating.
And of course, there’s the addition of a new character in this book. Well, several, actually. But there’s one iconic one that I’ve been hearing about. And now I understand why (I also have a better understanding about the whole King of Scars plot now, so yay!).
I honestly can’t get over this novel. It was just…so emotional. Alina has been through hell and back in these last two books, and she’s earned all the right she could ever need in order to feel what she’s going through. What impresses me is how Bardugo has managed to make her readers feel all of this alongside her characters. It’s beautifully done.
I’m torn between taking a bit of a break before moving on, or diving right into Ruin and Rising. Part of me is feeling pretty desperate to see the rest of Alina’s tale. While the rest of me feels like I need some time to recover before I more onwards.

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ibeforem 4 of 5 stars
As this second book in the trilogy opens, Alina has escaped the control of the Darkling, Mal still by her side. But the Darkling has come out of their battle with new, scarier powers, and this is a war Alina and Mal can't fight on their own.

The two unexpectedly end up partnered with Strumhond, a privateer with his own small army of Grishas, and together they begin working towards taking down the Darkling. Unfortunately, it seems that the only way to do this is to complete the plan that he himself came up with -- find the amplifiers for themselves.

This book is also full of political intrigue and machinations, and there are multiple surprises to keep you guessing. Alina has a better understanding of herself in this book, even if she isn't always sure she likes what she's doing.

Despite a few slow spots, this is a solid second book in the trilogy.

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This is second book in the Grisha trilogy and i admit i read the first one a while back so i did a re read before i picked this one up and of course i picked the series back up cause King of Scars is coming out at the end of this month January 2019.

Now do any of you do that are you notorious for starting a series but then you don't have the next one or it not out yet. So you go along and then you never get back to it? Yeah i really bad about that but i do love when a series i thought was done gets a spin off or something that drags me back.

In this second book our main character Alina and Mal are torn apart and brought back together in this mad treasure hunt for this mythological creatures to steal their powers and hopefully make Alina strong enough to defeat the darkling. Their a lot of action in this second book and we are introduced to Nikolai which is who King of Scars is centered around. I admit if you only read book one of this series you won't know who he is so you need to read at least the second book.

The ending to this second book is great as it really leaves you with a gut wrench and your like oh my need book three and i have book three so it next in my pile so i be ready for King of Scars which i hope proves to me amazing.

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Emma (SCR) 5 of 5 stars
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews As soon as I finished Shadow and Bone I had to jump into Siege and Storm. Mal and Alina have been living a normal life for a while now but Alina is struggling. By not using her powers she is making herself weak and quite frankly unhappy. It's not long before The Darkling catches up to them and their life is thrown into chaos again.

I enjoyed this book so much. I cannot describe how much. This was due to one of my all-time favourite characters Sturmhond aka The Clever Fox. This character is blunt, honest and oh so witty.

Mal irritated me a lot in this book. He was selfish and very whingey. Alina is trying to save the world from The Darkling and he is complaining because she doesn't want a few kisses. He doesn't stop to notice that something is wrong he is so wrapped up in himself that he can't see that something is seriously wrong.

On the flip side, Alina kept everything to herself and never asked anyone for help which frustrated me immensely. Just ask for some god damn help woman!

This book is so much more than the first and it made my love for the series and the verse increase dramatically. (Yes most of that is down to Sturmhond)

The end of this book is pretty dramatic/cliffhanger like so I was so so glad I didn't need to wait for the final book in the series.

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sa090 4 of 5 stars
Read a lot of mixed thoughts about this book before I picked it, but I’m happy to say that I’m amongst those who had a more favourable opinion of it in the end despite that big glaring issue.

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This book follows immediately where we left of in Shadow and Bone with us exploring a couple of new places and expanding her world. The first third of this book is extremely fast paced and more than that, it shows this pretty cool mini adventure our characters have to go through before we get back to the much more important issue at hand, and while I wouldn’t have minded a slower pace alongside learning a little bit more about the creature; I do appreciate the fact that Leigh Bardugo didn’t focus too much on it and having it take the biggest part of the book. No, the book focuses on more important things to the narrative in the long run, such as the politics, the two Grisha armies, legends, the difference in ideologies when considering “power” and the new characters in the cast.

I really enjoyed seeing the struggle Alina has to go through when taking in her abilities and her current duties, for the sole reason that it opened up the discussion about Power. Everyone has an opinion about something, this one is no different and the book didn’t shy away from showing both opinion and applications of power if the need ever arose. The political struggles were another thing I enjoyed seeing here because it combined a few of the above aspects together and gave a more prominent view of how Ravka functions and what easily led the Darkling to do what he did in book one, although if I had to choose one thing I enjoyed the most from the aspects then it’ll probably be the legends that were entwined amongst one of the factions and more importantly, how it could affect the future from here onwards.

The new characters were fun to meet, especially the “notorious privateer” who brought in both sass and wit alongside an enjoyable amusing presence that it easily made him one of the most interesting characters in the series. Meeting the old characters again like Genya, Botkin, Baghra and others made me wish for more interactions with them than without them because honestly, whenever Alina was interacting with them the book was an enjoyable quick read however, whenever the focus shifted on the romance between her and Mal alongside the potential of either a love triangle or square made the book drag on.

It doesn’t help whatsoever when the reasoning of the pathetic drama are misunderstandings that stem from Alina’s never ending questioning of her self worth against the most trivial of things and from Mal himself being petty and annoying. I understand the feeling of being inferior, I understand the feeling of feeling worthless and I understand feeling that you may not matter, HOWEVER, it gets freakin annoying when a simple conversation without any holds barred can define the positions of all parties in this story and the more important things to focus on, BUT it never happens for reasons that I don’t understand. Talking is not difficult, setting things straight is not difficult if the person you’re talking to is supposedly your best friend before anything else and more importantly, it’s not difficult to figure out what needs to be done vs what you want to happen. This pathetic drama doesn’t need to exist, especially not in this setting and the direction the book took.

I may be somewhat harsh with the above, but nothing annoys me more than to see a protagonist kill off their potential development because they can’t keep their head straight. It’s disappointing and it’s boring. That glaring issue being prominent throughout the second and third thirds of the book and the lesser issue of the frequent usage of Russian words that I took a while to remember or figure out aside, the book was still a much better experience than I expected and I really hope that my lowered expectations after the first book didn’t play too much of a part into that. I definitely look forward to see where we go from here and hopefully Ruin and Rising ends it with a bang next time.

Final rating: 4/5

I do think that it might be a slightly generous rating though.... meh.

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This review was originally posted on The Bumbling Bookworm

I'm currently making my way through the unread books on my shelf, and Leigh Bardugo's books make up a nice chunk of them.  Until this week, I've owned all of her books and only read Shadow and Bone, which I read more than 3 years ago.  My goal this month is to read the rest of Leigh Bardugo's books, and I can now knock Siege and Storm off that list.  I tried to read this after I read Shadow and Bone, and I struggled a bit to get through it, but this time I didn't have any issues - I read it quite quickly and found I really enjoyed it.

I won't say too much about this, because it's the second in the series and I don't want to give too much away.  All I'll say is that Mal is so annoying and needs to disappear, but Sturmhond is so precious!  I love the Grishaverse, what Bardugo has created is simply amazing.  I can't wait to read more books set in this world, including Ruin and Rising and the Six of Crows duology.  The pacing in this book was quite good to begin with, but as I continued it dragged a bit in the middle, before picking back up again towards the end.  A solid middle book, and I can't wait to see how it ends - 4 stars.

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