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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: 9781250044433
Characteristics: 435 pages : map ; 22 cm


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#2, The Grisha Trilogy

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Jul 19, 2021


Jul 16, 2021

This book felt longer than the first one and wasn’t nearly as good. I really liked Mal at first but he felt super toxic in this book. Also, I specifically felt Marie and Paja’s deaths were not at all necessary to the plot.

Jul 04, 2021

“Siege and Storm” is the second novel in the brilliant Shadow and Bone trilogy, written by Leigh Bardugo. The book acts as a bridge between the beginning and the end of the series, and let me just say, it was perfect. The novel follows the adventures of Alina and Mal, who are on the run from The Darkling and are searching for the second amplifier. Whilst on this journey they encounter many challenges and setbacks, but they also meet some new characters! The novel was so unpredictable and exciting, and you really don’t know what’s going to happen next.

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

Personally, I love “Siege and Storm” due to it’s amazing plot and action, but mainly because of the introduction to Nikolai Lanstov. It’s no secret that Nikolai is my favorite character in the Grishaverse due to his wits and humor, and I honestly felt he carried the book. Besides my love for Nikolai, I felt that the book was still amazing and I honestly could not put it down. The character and scenery descriptions were so descriptive and on point, I often had a clear image of what was happening. The character development was so intriguing and interesting to read about and I’m so pleased that Alina, who was once a lonely orphan, is now a hero in the making. I must say that I got really annoyed with Mal at some parts due to his jealousy and lack of faith, and I honestly don’t ship him and Alina, and I don’t think that I ever will. Nonetheless, the novel was truly amazing and captivating, and the plot twist was so brilliant. I think I may be developing a slight obsession with a certain privateer...

Jun 29, 2021

I got into this book right away and finished it pretty quickly. The biggest issue is that it's a predictable middle book in a trilogy - I felt like I had read this before. Also, I do not like Mal. I didn't in the first and I didn't in this one, so he'd better get pretty awesome in the 3rd.

Jun 23, 2021

The events in this book follow right after Shadow and Bone. Leigh Bardugo does a great job on making this a bit unpredictable. The plot in this story is better and you don’t really know what’s going to happen.

This book is more political than in the first book which kind of bored me. I wasn’t as interested in the first part of the story too much. Mal in this book felt like a jealous teenage boy, but also to be fair there are some things going on in his own life so I get why he feels the way he does. The book does have a slow start but it does get better.

To be completely honest, Nikolai carried this book. An iconic prince-privateer who I think is most people’s favourite character from this series. His witty comments made this book interesting.


Alright so in this book Alina and Mal escaped the Darkling but something about him reappearing in Alina’s visions kind of made me uncomfortable. It’s so creepy and invasive.

My favourite quotes:

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

(I quote this one a lot)

“What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.”

Jun 23, 2021

4 Stars

This book is the second in the Shadow and Bone trilogy, and it serves its purpose as the bridge between the beginning and the ending pretty well. In the beginning, Alina and Mal yet again find themselves hunting an amplifier in the hands of the darkling. But with the introduction of some refreshing and lovable new characters (Nikolai, Tolya, and Tamar!), they end up back at the palace with the royal family and the Grisha, preparing for the Darkling’s inevitable attack. By bringing in new characters and creating new conflicts, Siege and Storm does a good job complicating and enhancing the overall plot of the series. But I will say that it does what many middle-of-the-series books fall victim to, meaning that it often just feels like a preparation for the next book. The plot is unclear and badly paced at some points, but the ending makes up for it with plenty of action. There is one scene (at Nikolai’s birthday banquet-- if you’ve read the book you know what I’m referring to) that is so exciting and stressful it almost feels like you’re watching a movie. I can’t wait to see that scene recreated in Netflix’s Shadow and Bone series. Overall, the characters are what really make this book so good. The ending made me excited to continue the series, and it left enough unknown so that it’s hard to guess how everything will wrap up. This book is more violent than the first one in the series but it is not a challenging read, so I think I would recommend it to any young adult reader.

May 08, 2021

A very well done follow up book. I really enjoyed the beginning, but the middle is where I struggled to have the motivation to keep going. Nikolai was a great addition to the characters in this book but just because he is a boy around the same age as the main character, does that mean they have to fall in love? NOPE.

Mal broke my heart but so did Alina- dude what happened here? The fact that Mal and Alina could not communicate or have an actual truthful conversation in this book was literally the most frustrating thing ever.

THAT ending was CRAZY though.

Apr 15, 2021

Alina might be the sun-summoner but she can’t always keep things full of light. As her power strengthens and grows, the greed and horror that possesses the Darkling begins to take her too. Upon learning that Rakva is the closest it has ever been to losing its king and to joining a war it won’t win, she will venture through a sea of trust and comradery. A fight to keep Ravka safe will cost her everything, maybe even her humanity.
I was originally planning to read Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Six of Crows’ but upon hearing the love for ‘Shadow and Bone’ along with its upcoming Netflix show, I figured I should read it. The first book was, without a doubt, everything I hoped it would be. The world created in this story is full of magic and beauty. I absolutely fell in love. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for ‘Siege and Storm’. While this book follows up to the first quite well, the initial part felt rushed. As for the rest of the book it was strangely slow until the last chapter and a half. While I understand that the characters are in a completely different situation than the first book, I was surprised by how much uniqueness was lost from the first book to the second, especially when it comes to the world itself. I have a feeling though, that the third book will pick up quite well and that this book was just simply the boring, but necessary, step to make this story work.

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.


"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!

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Apr 15, 2021

“ ‘You know the problem with heroes and saints Nikolai?’ I asked as I closed the book’s cover and headed for the door. ‘They always end up dead’.”

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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Jul 21, 2015

Violence: Lots of death

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