Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)

“You know the problems with heroes and saints, Nikolai?”

“They always end up dead.”

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Title: Siege and Storm (The grisha #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Siege and storm

Recommended to fans of: Red queen series by Victoria Aveyard, Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi, The arcana chronicles by Kresley Cole, The selection series by Kiera Cass

Series: The Grisha Trilogy

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Romance, YA, Fantasy

Rating: 3/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

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. 

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • Mal and Alina escape the fold and go to Cofton (opposite the Unsea)
  • The darkling returns and has new powers (summoning monsters)
  • Okay, Alina’s letters to Mal were never sent
  • The darkling wanted to give Alina another amplifier?
  • I did not expect Sturmhond would help them and betray the Darkling
  • 3 amplifiers, the stag, the sea whip and the firebird (maybe the author should have written a prophecy)
  • Once Alina had the fetter, her thoughts were more greedy and she lusted for more power
  • OMG, Sturmhond is actually one of Ravka’s prince (And he plans to take Alina as his Queen so that they can save Ravka) but luckily, Aline refuses but still wants to save Ravka from the darkness
  • Nikolai is quite charming, but for Mal, I can only see him as Alina’s protector or brother
  • Alina running the 2nd army sounds cool, and her hole in the ceiling was hilarious
  • The darkling punished Baghra by leaving her in darkness forever, and Baghra refuses to help Alina (I think she can see her thirst for power)
  • I felt that Mal is like a child, he keeps chasing Alina and when she’s confused he would rather leave, he doesn’t understand her situation, her change, her powers, her decisions, I feel that he doesn’t support her
  • I felt that this book was extremely long and quite a second book slump for me
  • OMG, the part where Genya appears again brought tears to my eyes
  • So the ending ended as a cliff hanger where the darkling escaped and Alina has lost her summoning powers

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂