Series: Grisha #2
Date Published: 2013-06-04
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
Audiobook Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Description: 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.
Siege and Storm was a lot darker and political than Shadow and Bone was. The exciting and new feeling from the first book with the world building and new characters was replaced with a more ‘what’s gonna happen?’ feeling. Now Alina knows what she is, and she is on the run. Unfortunately, on the run means we’re in a bit of a journey book, and you probably already know how I feel about those. Running and hiding from place to place, leaving an obvious trail behind, Alina tries to get away from her visions of The Darkling. But, she’s also searching for something to make herself even more powerful in hopes of defeating The Darkling. But power might corrupt her, so we shall see. I really enjoyed the story line of the other amplifiers and their search was exciting, especially since they are on a pirate ship!!!
I loved Mal in book 1, so I was definitely on that ship for this second installment. For some reason this book decided to introduce yet another romantic interest. I wasn’t fond of that at all. I mean, Nikolai was pretty cool, but meh on that ship. And while I found The Darkling absolutely intriguing in book 1, here he was just a creepy presence. I dunno, not really feeling the romances going on in book 2.
So there is some good set up for the final book and I’m definitely curious to see how it ends. It is on my to read soon for sure.