The perk of getting a trilogy box set is that you can continue reading sequels right away! I recently read (and reviewed) Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo, so obviously, it’s now time for Siege & Storm. I always really struggle writing reviews for sequels (especially when they’re second books in trilogies. Oh my goodness.) but I think I managed! Anyway, here are my thoughts on the book!
“Anything worth doing always starts as a bad idea.”
I took about ten notes on Siege & Storm, then I just kept reading without taking any and then about a week after I finished it I was like “Oh my god, how am I ever going to review this?!” Mostly, it doesn’t feel like a very memorable book. Once I really started thinking about my notes, though, I realised how many things of the story I actually remembered! However, sequels remain to be my one true enemy when it comes to reviewing. Bear with me as I try to write this, please!
Alina has definitely become one of my favourite fictional characters. She went from one awesome job in Shadow & Bone to an even awesome-er job in Siege & Storm! This gal has high ambitions, y’all! I love the originality of her character. Sure, she’s still somewhat of a “Chosen One” but she has a lot of original aspects to her that really make me love her. As for the other characters… I really missed the Darkling! He was present throughout the story and actually – literally- showed up much earlier than expected (yay!) but besides that, I was a little underwhelmed by his presence. And unfortunately, things didn’t really get better for Mal. I didn’t really like him before, and I still don’t like him very much now! Although I do feel kinda sorry for the guy…
Nikolai, though. Oooooohhhhh boy. He deserves his own paragraph simply because of the privateer prince that he is. Obviously, you can’t avoid learning SOME things about the books you’ve not read when you’re on Twitter and in the bookish community, so I knew people loved him. The moment he entered the book I think I literally squealed. He’s such a great addition to the cast of characters and he made things so incredibly interesting!
Siege & Storm‘s plot was – like Shadow & Bone – quite slow. There was enough going on for it to be interesting throughout and the slowness of it all never bothered me, but it’s definitely something you should keep in mind if you plan to kick up the Grisha books. Six of Crows, for example, felt really action-packed and plot-driven while the Shadow & Bone trilogy isn’t really like that. I wouldn’t say it’s character-driven, either. It’s just a very well-crafted book unlike anything else. It’s definitely a Bardugo book, and I loved it.
Reviewing sequels is hard for me, but rating them might even be worse! I’ve decided to give Siege & Storm four out of five stars because it was good and I loved it, but I also feel like it could’ve been a little better.
About Siege & Storm
Soldier. Summoner. Saint.
Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.
The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.
But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.
Have you read any of the Grisha books? Which one is your favourite?
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