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.
Siege and Storm picks up a small a few months after where Shadow and Bone left off. As I’ve come to expect from Leigh Bardugo, the world building in Siege and Storm is brilliant. This book expands upon the existing world building from the previous novel to deepen the immersive nature of the series.
The characters that carried over from Shadow and Bone also continued to grow and develop throughout this book and it was great seeing how the different situations and decisions affected them. The characters that were added to the story gave everything in the novel another layer as they developed with the storyline.
I had a lot of trouble putting this book down, which lead to not getting to sleep until around 3am. This is especially important because it means this book did not fall into the common “second book” dullness we often see in a series. The sarcastic and dark humor used through most of the story is the perfect contrast to the horrible things that happen. I love how at the end, while there’s a small sense of closure, it’s obvious the story will continue. I can not wait to read the final book in this beautiful and exciting trilogy.
Overall, I rate Siege and Storm 4 out of 5 bookworms.
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