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Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  24,587 ratings  ·  3,615 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 2013)
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Steph Sinclair
I always go into a second book in a series with fears that it will have the dreaded "Second Book Syndrome". I worry that the characters will regress, the plot will stall and surmount to overall ridiculousness, and in the end, become boring and lathered in disappointment. So even though The Grisha series is a new favorite for me, I still had these concerns. You cannot even imagine my glee when I discovered Siege and Storm did NOT suffer from any of these things. On the contrary, it was even bette...more
Wendy Darling
Our Conversation with Leigh Bardugo is up, along with an opportunity to win our Siege and Storm ARC!

4.5 stars Siege and Storm is an exquisite jewel of a book. The second installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy is full of adventure and magic--and in my view, it's even better than Shadow and Bone.

There are flying ships. A thrilling, poignant scene with a magnificent white ice dragon. A whirling, frenzied volcra attack in the night. A sobering ride through the city of Novokribirsk, where name...more
Emily May

This rating might come as a surprise after I was so excited to get reacquainted with the Darkling in my early status update. However, if it hadn't been for the scenes with the Darkling, this book would have probably only received one star - it's only his characterisation, his different layers and, let's face it, his sexiness that convinced me to rate this at two stars. Maybe I could stretch to 2.5 if I close my eyes and picture the Darkling like this:

I usually approach the sequels to three star...more
Kat Kennedy
Sequels are really hard to write reviews for. Mostly because people don’t want to read them for fear of spoilers, but keeping them spoiler free makes it difficult to properly discuss the book. So now I’m going to have to do this review in code.

In Siege and Storm Alina and Mal are on the run from the Darkling. They meet Pumpkin who has the ability to help Alina defeat the Darkling. Problem is, Mal and Pumpkin don’t get on at all. Also, the Darkling can now line dance which adds a level of complic...more
I think I might’ve been the only person who had one foot in each of the ‘Shadow and Bone is awesome’ and ‘Shadow and Bone is mediocre’ camps. Siege and Storm was supposed to be the book that made up my mind, but instead, it's causing me to do the split... I truly do see why so many friends have raved about Leigh Bardugo's series - a part of me absolutely feels the same way - yet at the same time, another part, maybe a bigger part, has so many issues with the story I also have half a mind to angr...more
“You were like a stranger, Alina. Beautiful,” he said. “Terrible.”

With Shadow and Bone setting the foundations for this magical world – a world that is home to Ravkans, Grisha, the Unsea and its hidden horrors - Siege and Storm follows in the steps of its stunning predecessor and proves to be just as spectacular, if not more. This is a series that is teeming with originality and well-placed complexity. It is creative, enchanting, thrilling – and every other word that a well-built fantasy creati...more
♥ Becky  22
!! This review contains (huge) spoilers for Shadow & Bone (The Grisha #1) !!

Shadow & Bone is one of my favorite books ever, and I couldn’t wait to read Siege & Storm. And, guess what? I wasn’t disappointed at all.
This book was fantastic.

Surprise, surprise, the Darkling survived the attack in the Shadow Fold. I knew it. (But then, who didn’t?) Darkness never dies. (Don't you just love that tagline?)

I’ll admit it: I love the Darkling. Way more than I like Mal. (Sorry, Mal.)
Actual rating is 4.5 stars -- This review is SPOILER-FREE for both Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm.

What is it about Leigh Bardugo's novels that makes writing reviews for them absolutely and frustratingly impossible? I read Shadow and Bone as an ARC last year and absolutely loved it, yet after rewriting and rewriting my review for it over and over again, I ultimately decided to throw in the towel and give up attempting to review it. I know that for some, if not most reviewers, writing review...more
While Shadow and Bone was the debut of a magical new realm, of a complex villain impossible to fully understand, of new power, of old allegiances, of politics and confusion, all mixed together with a gentle, calming love, Siege and Storm is the aftermath of all well-intended decisions, the destruction of formerly stable relationships and the creeping movement of darkness, not light. Like any strong sequel, Siege and Storm is as far removed from its predecessor as is possible. Although I loved Sh...more
so, yes - i found this book much more satisfying and original than the first volume. for one, i thought the writing was better, but also the themes are darker and truer than those in the first. there's more tension in this one, as alina ascends into a position of even greater power which separates her from her old life, and complicates her relationship with mal. accustomed to being the more capable of the two, mal is forced to accept that alina has responsibilities that are beyond him, and altho...more

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Epic books are epic.

Siege and Storm is the much anticipated second release in The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. The first book, Shadow and Bone, topped many "Best of 2012" lists for its creativity and fresh approach towards fantasy, including mine.

Alina and Mal have fled the Small Palace and the Darkling. Hiding in secret, the two are trying to forg...more
Jessica (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I was Team Mal to the DEATH in Shadow and Bone.

Yeah, the Darkling was hot in a not-so-vaguely sinister way, but friends-to-lovers will win over Bad Boys every, single time.


You'd think that I'd have learned by now not to speak in absolutes . . . but you'd be wrong.

Siege and Storm, the second installment of the Grisha Trilogy, begins with Alina and Mal on the run after the big showdown with the Darkling at the end of Shadow and Bone.

The showdown in which the Darkling's t...more
Komal Mikaelson
Update : I'm downgrading the rating to 4. When I look back now, it simply wasn't a 5 star read. I was high on the Darling, Sturmhond, whatever when I completed it initially.

Actual rating: 4.5 stars. 4 stars

Initial Reaction After Completion

How can you end a book like that?

Siege and Storm was phenomenal. Not as good as Shadow and Bone but scarily close. The book shows much developed and mature characters. The theme itself leans a bit more towards politics and corrupting influence of...more
Gahhhhh ! Do you really expect me to wait a whole year ?

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The Good:
1. Alina and her inner dark anti-hero
2. Nikolai
3. Nikolai's face
4. Nikolai's clothes
5. Everything Nikolai said
6. Everything Nikolai did
7. The last 10%, in which some stuff actually happened

The Bad:
1. Mal
2. Mal, cause I seriously hate that asshole
3. The confusing and vague nature of Alina's powers
4: MAL

The Ugly:
1. How oddly fixated I am with this strange series and how invested I am in it despite lukewarm pacing and plotting and holes in the worldbuilding

All I want from the next book is...more
Siege and Storm continues the enchanting story of Alina, Mal, and the Darkling, in their world full of danger and secrets. Starting with a bang, we're reacquainted with Alina and Mal trapped in a less than stellar situation on the Darkling's ship. This is sure to immediately captivate any fan of the series, pulling us again in this magic-filled story of the Sun Summoner. It didn't take long until the characters carved their way into my heart again. I wasn't as impressed with this sequel as I was...more
Jaime Arkin
So I'm sitting here staring at this blank box trying to figure out what I want to say that would be meaningful about Siege and Storm because if I just typed what I felt it would be the word equivalent of these gifs.

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Siege and Storm picks up shortly after the end of Shadow and Bone. Mal and Alina have escaped the Fold and are trying to keep her identity a secret while they earn money to make their way north. And from the very start of this book I'm reminded why I fell in love with these charac...more
Meet the Darkling...

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Can we please just pause here and admire the most likely sexiest being on earth?

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I still love him! Even after all he's done at the end!

Siege and Storm is the 2nd book in what i thought would be an outstanding trilogy since i loved the 1st book. No such luck. Is it just me that practically always get's disappointed in books when it's a continuation of a series?

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I did not enjoy Siege and Storm in the beginning at all. I hated it and i was falling asleep reading it. In one w...more
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After reading:

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The Grisha Trilogy is one of my favorite series of all time, and as such I will probably die of anticipation in the year that I have to wait for the third book, Ruin and Rising (which is horribly named) to come out. That being said, let’s continue…

Alina has escaped from the Darkling’s clutches with her chi...more
1. A megalomaniac villain.
2. A smart and shrewd protagonist.
3. A besotted best friend.
4. A ridiculous ( and sagacious ) partner in glory.
5. And a kingdom to save.

That's the stuff awesomeness is made of.

We all know that.

Ruthless. Diabolical. The Darkling.
He is the personification of greed. And the swath of evil that has been created as a consequence. There is nothing more dangerous than a person who doesn't quite know that what he is doing is wrong and I guess the Darkling falls into that cate...more



Holy shizzmuzzles, can I just say that ending will be the death of me. THE F*CKING DEATH OF ME.

The ending will leave you in the following state: breathless, hyperventilating, and wanting to kill yourself to the revive yourself for book three.


◦ You will die.


◦ Remember when you fangirled over how hot and mysterious and yummy the Darkling was? Let's just say those days are going to be over.


ETA review added:


It was like reading everything I ever wanted ^_^

Well, not really - but it was pretty brilliant. As far as 'middle book in a series' go, this was done very, very well.

It has epic fails, sweet swoony lines and exciting action.

There's an introduction of a character named 'Stormhound' who rounds out what I like to call 'the love square'

Alina > Mal > The Darkling > Stormhound

and dont you dare think...more
In una parola? Fantastico.
Non sapevo cosa aspettarmi da Siege and Storm. Non credevo mi sarei divertita così tanto a leggerlo e soprattutto non credevo di potermi affezionare innamorare follemente di un nuovo personaggio, che è ufficialmente diventato il mio preferito della serie (sorry Darkling, consolati sapendo che il tuo fascino oscuro lascia il segno sempre e comunque).

L'ho scritto dei miei stati, l'ho ripetuto qualche riga sopra ma lo devo ripetere ancora. Il mio cuore di lettrice è stato...more
It's rare for a sequel to outshine its predecessor, but Leigh Bardugo's Siege and Storm managed to do just that!

Alina has the weight of the world Ravka on her shoulders. She is faced with many challenges, all of which take a toll on her emotionally and physically. As well as trying to bridge the ever expanding gap between herself and Mal, she must learn to hone her powers if she wants to set Ravka free from the clutches of darkness. Alina's character truly leaves a lasting impression in Siege an...more
Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
"This isn't hope, I thought. It's madness. It's hunger, need, desperation."

The only thing that was going through my mind once the book came to an end was: holy shit that was intense. If you haven't read Siege and Storm or the first book Shadow and Bone then drop everything and go pick it up!

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
Lauren DeStefano
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*

You can also read this review on Flying Kick-a-pow! Reviews.

WARNING: This review will contain spoilers from the first book.

"I'm not cruel, Alina. Just cautious."

I almost laughed. "Is that why you had one of your monsters bite me?"

"That's not why," he said, his gaze steady. He glanced at my shoulder. "Does it hurt?"

"No," I lied.

The barest hint of a smile touched his lips. "It will get better," he said. "But the wound can never be fully healed. Not even by Grisha."

"This creatures––"

Sandee (Nikolai Lantsov's Queen)
I usually don't finish series.Smiley

I have finished quite a few, because despite the awesomeness of the first book, most sequels tend to disappoint me (i'm talking about you Hunger Games, Divergent and The Mortal Instruments specifically book 4 for TMI)Smiley. So most of the time, if I really like the first book, I get anxious when I'm about to pick up the next book...

and this was how I felt when I picked up Siege and Storm.

But this book, did not disappoint me at all. Instead, it exceeded my expectations t...more
little machines
Not an improvement from S&B, I'm afraid. I'd wrote down a list of all the things I'd hoped would be in this book in my review of S&B, but pretty much got none.

I just don't care for any of the characters. I really don't. Alina is such a Mary Sue that it almost physically pains me. Sure, she has her moments, but they're just that: moments. I don't care for Mal, and felt indifferent towards Nikolai. I wanted to know more about the Darkling, but he was barely there at all in this entire book...more
3.5 - The story? Absolutely amazing! The drama? Unbearably annoying! I'd made up my mind to love this book because Mitch had made up his mind to half love and half gripe about it. But I just could NOT give it 5 stars.

First, the Mal vent because I HAVE to get this off my chest. I felt that Bardugo tried WAY to hard to keep the romance drama in the story. For some reason, authors feel compelled to write in something - a love triangle, a jealousy, a history that can't be overlooked - to keep reader...more
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Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she hides out in Hollywood and indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as makeup artist L.B. Benson.

Her debut novel, Shadow & Bone (Holt Children's/Macmillan) is now a New York Times Best Seller.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, e...more
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