Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm

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Hunted across the True Sea and 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.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805094602
0805094601
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 435 p. : map ; 22 cm

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LoganLib_Sheridan Mar 30, 2021

So apparently I have not only read this book before (I didn't remember any of it) but I wrote a review which I have to admit I still kind of agree with. I will place it at the end after my spoiler free review.

The book starts off with a lot of big action scenes and then kind of trails off into politics and angst. To be honest I can barely remember what happened at the end. I think I'm in a kind of reading fog at the moment with the state the worlds in. I'm struggling big time.

I had sympathy for Alina in the first book but I quickly lost it in this one because she is no longer the new comer trying to learn how things work. I also liked Mal but they took away everything that made him likeable.

The best part about this book was Sturmhond and Nikolai. They added comedic relief and interest. It's interesting looking back at it because I think Alina was meant to appear confident and driven like Sturmhond but it just didn't come across. She didn't have the charisma to keep the readers interest and was maybe TOO flawed. She just kept making obvious mistakes.

***SPOILERS***

"I'm still invested in this series but feel like this book could have been condensed to 100 pages and still advance the plot just as much. We have met the prince, gotten the second amplifier, and the rest was needless angst between Alina and Mal."

This book could be summed up as Mal and Aline try and figure out if they want to/ can be together or not. Also prince comes in to create love triangle... kind of. Alina has no real interest in Nikolai hence needless angst. Also are they trying to make a love square with the darkling, like WTF?!

Okay and can anyone else see the multiple amplifiers situation going wrong a mile away? She wants it more than she wants pretty much anything else and doesn't see anything wrong with that. I suppose 'hallucinating' the Darkling would distract you.

Also is the Darkling actually appearing before her because that would be concerning. A hallucination would be concerning but actually appearing would obviously be worse. And like if he is appearing... why? He's just seducing her and playing mind tricks with her?

lgmosher Jul 21, 2020

Oh.... Where to start with this book?

How about the fact that Nikolai honey, come lay down so I can massage out your back.... Because sweetheart he carried the ENTIRE book. If it wasn't for him, it wouldn't have been worth the read.

...... Or I know!
How about the fact that Alina became the most insufferable character ever! I couldn't take her seriously, even though Bardugo tries her hardest to make you respect her.

Every chose she makes is infuriating. She does things, betrays people, makes life decisions that effect multiple people and then wonder why she's alone. The girl is S.T.U.P.I.D. And was made to be the lead character.... And just like the first book (those she said she learned it) SHE DIDNT LEARN HER LESSON!

The only thing that Alina has done in this book that didn't annoy me to my very core was decking Nikolai. I was like okay, this is how shes going to be.

But no.... It was false hope. She was just a weakling playing at being something more. I understand wanting to stay true to a characters personality and such. But even when she was being "confident" I stifled a laugh a thought "yeah.... And you have as much authority as dying prisoner.

And while we are speaking of Nikolai, he was the best part of this book! We didn't see enough of him... Specifically him as sturmhold! More of him, seeing his mind turn and the gears come together would have made this book 100 times better.

But, no.

What did we get?

Two children bickering at one another and trying to play the jealous game. Like-- didn't care for it--

Since I brought up jealous children.... I absolutely HATED who she turned Mal into. She turned him from this confident man who had a love so strong for one woman that he would do anything, into a jealous, pathetic, petty little boy who wanted the red ring from the cereal box and not the yellow one. It was the worst was that she could have taken his character ---- I almost DNF the book because of it.

Again I was honestly rooting for the darkling. He, and Nikolai of course- seem to be the only characters that are interesting. That you want to know more about.... That honestly bring anything to the story.

I really liked the first book. Thankfully, I think the story continued on, the plot wasn't exactly stagnant.... All though they weren't ever working toward anything, they were sitting ducks not working towards a large issue and even though she had a connection to the darkling she didn't think that it would be smart to mention it... To anyone? To worry that maybe, just maybe he could figure out where she was. Not to mention she was supposed to be lying low and she was parading around the kingdom. It just was all over....

Honestly, it's harsh and if I didn't like the first book as much as I did I would rate it lower.... but this was an absolute abysmal second book!

Oh my god. This series of books is probably my favourite that I've read in a very long time. Action, suspense, drama, romance...SO GOOD. I'm swooning at this story and I can't wait to see what comes next!

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happycanuck
May 28, 2019

Another excellent installment for this series. Equally as good as the first book.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

This series has blown me away. I was completely surprised by the type of world that was built. It was not something that I have encountered before. It was action packed and I cared for the characters.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 13, 2018

The book was so slow, and nothing seemed to happen for most of it. While this was an informative middle chapter to the trilogy, I can't help but be slightly disappointed that there just wasn't more. I found myself really excited in the final chapters with the sudden blaze of action but couldn't help feeling like Bardugo saved all the fun stuff for the end to make sure no one gave up on the series mid way. I needed more Darkling, I needed more Nikolai, I needed more action, but the only thing I got more of was Mal and Alina being awkward. There were some nice little twists that kept me from putting this down, and the ending was fantastic, so I'm still excited to keep moving on. Rating – 3/5.
@Average_Bookworm of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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missq12
Aug 23, 2018

As a huge fan of book 1, "Siege and Storm" was kind of underwhelming. While I overall enjoyed the book, it was much slower with less of the adventure, romance, and magic I loved from the first book. I found the ending anti-climactic but I get why it happens as it does set the stage for book 3. Still a must read for the Grisha-verse fans out there though, and this does not stop me from wanting to read book 3 (Ruin and Rising)!

Note: This is book 2 in a trilogy. You definitely need to have read book 1 (Shadow and Bone) in order to appreciate this novel.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 07, 2018

Bardugo was really hitting her stride here. There are so many things going on and Bardugo juggles them beautifully, in part by keeping the narration a simple first-person narrative from the perspective of Alina.

Alina and Mal try to escape the Darkling but it quickly becomes evident that he's not that easy to lose. Besides the battle to save Ravka from the Darkling, Alina is faced with battling a darkness she feels growing within her. Is the Darkling right when he says that they are two sides of a unique coin and no one else will ever understand her? Is she destined to wear the mantel of queen, saint or martyr? And can Mal's and her love survive her changing identity, and his loss of identity? So, yeah, that's a lot going on, but the pacing is superb and the writing perfection. No big pieces of exposition and what could have been a quickly contrived escape turns out to be a major plot point. Even with all these questions posed (like any good middle arc story), there's plenty of action and adventure along the way.

Note: this will not work well without reading the first book in the series.

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susan_findlay
Jul 07, 2018

Good follow-up to Shadow and Bone. The plot moves fairly quickly, and it's an enjoyable read.

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lauraia
Jan 30, 2018

Loved the end

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Nymeria23
Jul 21, 2015

“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.”

whitefalcon17 Sep 03, 2014

“The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.”

“Weakness is a guise. Wear it when they need to know you're human, but never when you feel it.”

“The ox feels the yoke, but does the bird feel the weight of its wings?”

“So many men had tried to make her a queen. Now she understood that she was meant for something more. The Darkling had told her he was destined to rule. He had claimed his throne, and a part of her too. He was welcome to it. For the living and the dead, she would make herself a reckoning. She would rise.”

Nessa14 Jan 14, 2014

"No, Alina. You came here Ravka. For the Firebird. To lead the Second Army." He tapped the sun overhis heart. "I came here for you. You're my flag. You're my nation. But that doesn't seem to matter anymore." - Mal

Nessa14 Jan 13, 2014

"My mother was an oyster," he said with a wink. "And I'm the pearl." - Sturmhond

Nessa14 Jan 12, 2014

"I'm a prince," said Nikolai. "Being useful isn't part of the job description."

Nessa14 Jan 12, 2014

"Watch yourself, Nikolai," Mal said softly. "Princes bleed just like other men."

Nikolai plucked an invisible piece of dust from his sleeve.

"Yes, he said. "They just do it in better clothes."

Nessa14 Jan 12, 2014

"Nikolai," he corrected. "But I've also been known to answer to 'sweetheart' or 'handsome.' " - Nikolai Lantsov

Nessa14 Jan 12, 2014

"Then you and I will have something in common, won't we? Besides, I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important." - Sturmhond

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whitefalcon17 Sep 03, 2014

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.

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Nymeria23
Jul 21, 2015

Violence: Lots of death

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