Pabkins’ One Liner: A world of magic and intrigue, where no one is what they seem.
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 rushed me headlong into what? Boys boys boys! There is a short bit of downtime as Alina and Mal have escaped across the sea from the end of Shadow and Bone but of course the story can’t continue without The Darkling! Inevitably I think we all knew she would be captured again, doesn’t the woman ALWAYS get captured in the fantasy stories? *evil laughter* What I loved was their adventure on the high seas! – I find sea creatures fascinating, suffice to say they encounter an epic one! The first opening third of the book was my absolute favorite – it has the most action and things went quickly with a lot of tension and a few new characters. I’m so an adrenaline junky type of girl.
I adore the new characters introduced, especially Sturmhond. What is not to love, he’s honest without being honest! Ravishing, arrogant and vulnerable in moments that make my heart hurt.
This sums up Mal’s opinion of him nicely:
I have to say things seriously slowed down after that and it was much like how I felt with the first book – it was slower for me because it was much of the same day after day sort of thing. Building the tension between Alina and Mal, or Alina and Sturmhond. I know that is necessary but I find myself wanting to rush through portions like that to get to something that will set me on edge.
Alina’s character development was excellent! She is so conflicted and though once or twice I wanted to punch her in the face for being so dense I couldn’t help but completely sympathize with the choices she makes. It seems like she always has people that are trying to sway her one way or another, or make her into what they want or need.
All I have to say is BAH MEN – what the heck!? This is the second book I’ve read recently where a man has turned to sordid behavior to drown his sorrows over a woman. It just freaking chaps my rear – and why are they always forgiven for it? Well I guess you would forgive the one you love…ok ok I concede. Still it makes me angry. *laugh* I think that is a sign of a really well written work when it can elicit really strong emotions from me but at the same time I can lean back and go – “Yeah that could/would really happen.” Leigh Bardugo writes relationships really well and its completely realistic how torn Alina would be if put in between these guys. I would be just as torn. Well wait I would be all “can I have my cake and eat it too?” So you can definitely expect more men for Alina to twist her heart around over.
Overall, this was an excellent second installment.
Siege and Storm