Monday, February 24, 2014

Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm

Grisha Trilogy 2

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 432 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: June 4th 2013
Review Source: Purchase

 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. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. 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.

First, I think that each cover for this series just gets more and more beautiful. I absolutely love this one!

Now, just like with Shadow Bone, this book quickly got intense and set off on a fast pace of adventure and intrigue. I loved how Leigh was able to set the stage for a pretty calm beginning and ripped it to shreds. Nothing happened that I was expecting, but that just kept me wanting more to figure out where it was all headed.

We're also introduced to a few new characters and some old ones as well. Sturmhond and twin Grisha that are a part of his crew. They added an interesting element to the story, especially when you figure out Sturmhond's story and what he wants from Alina.

I'm trying really hard not to give anything away for anyone who hasn't read this book (or series yet). So I'll say this, Leigh does an absolutely beautiful job of painting a picture for you so, as a reader, you almost feel as though you're their along with the characters. Whether it's beautiful, tragic, or scary, she puts it all out there and leaves you reeling.

This was a phenomenal sequel. There was a little bit of everything in it for readers, hopefully leaving everyone excited for more!

My sister and I have been lucky enough to see Leigh at signing events a few times now and I really hope we'll get to see her again for the last book in this incredible trilogy, Ruin and Rising. After this most recent book I can't wait to find out how it all ends, but I'll also be really sad that it does.

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