Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo

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.


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

Siege and Storm
Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Format: Paperback, 435 pgs
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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.


Six of Crows | Crooked Kingdom | The Language of Thorns | Wonder Woman 
Shadow and Bone


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You know how uninterested I was in this series? I’ll tell you.. I didn’t even know the title of this book. I had to look it up for this review. And that’s after reading it cover to cover. That’s how detached I was from the whole thing. Which is an absolute shame since the title is awesome.

Now before you wonder why I read the second book of a trilogy I trashed. Exhibit A And come for me with your swords and weapons on the ready. Let me just clarify to you loyal fans that I never wanted to read this in the first place. Like an idiot, I bought all three books at the same time. Yes, all three boring books. And they’ve been lying on my shelf collecting dust for roughly around 2-3 years. So it was time.

Instead of going on a rant like my previous review. I am going to give you a little list or.. recipe that I noticed Leigh using in these past books. So to bake a cake of..

The Grisha Disaster you need:

  • 1 table spoon of plain, I am ordinary heroin
    • a sprinkle of magic on plain heroin
    • salt heroin with tragic backstory
  • 1 slice of childhood friend who loves her but isn’t supportive of new found powers
    • 1/2 ounce of whiny and you don’t give me enough attention
  • 0.4 tea spoon of interesting pirate who is cast in the shadows to make way for whiny childhood friend
  • 0.2 pieces of Darkling chocolate on the side because he is too good so now you don’t know what to do with him

Mix it all together and you get The Grisha Disaster ready for your tasting.

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Seriously though.. I feel so sad for this series because it could’ve been so much more. The Darkling for starters could’ve had a redemption arc or an interesting backstory with an amazing reason for his plans. He had every angle working for him to become an amazing and interesting protagonist. Instead, he was cast aside to make way for Mal. The boring, annoying and frustrating boy she chose to become Alina’s counterpart.  The Darkling was too lovable. Casting him as the evil villain was a wrong move on Leigh’s part. I would even argue that she committed a grave sin against him by doing that.

Further proof of this is Nikolai. His motives are exactly like the Darkling. Both want what’s best for their country, Ravka. Both want to prevent the enemy countries from invading. Both want the Grisha to roam around freely using their powers without fear. And BOTH want to be King.

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The only difference is the method. The Darkling forced people to do it while Nikolai convinced them. Same goal, same war, same plan. Nikolai just had the advantage of a silver tongue.

In my opinion, these two characters were so strong and amazing in their own right that Leigh realized they needed more than Alina. They needed more than the series that she gave them. I hope that squandering them in this trilogy was to make way for better and more well written plots for both of them.

Final Thoughts: Why are you reading this series? Just stop.

Until Next Time,


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What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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