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Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  47,224 ratings  ·  5,677 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
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Amanda I think that in some ways, this book was stronger than the first, with more action and less teetering between Mal and the Darkling while we readers…moreI think that in some ways, this book was stronger than the first, with more action and less teetering between Mal and the Darkling while we readers sit back wondering why. So if that's what bothered you about the first book, you might like the second better.

On the other hand, I tend not to take the time to continue series that I'm not 100% into, so if you're just not feeling it, I'm not going to push. There are so, so many books out there. Find one that does it for you!(less)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was loads better than the first book. I loved the new characters that were introduced & I'm digging the direction the plot is going in. I'm interested to see what happens in the final book in this trilogy!
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
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
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
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
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
♥ 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.)
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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 Dark
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
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
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

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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 forget the past, but Alina is haunted by her life as a Sun Summoner and by the magic of the Darkl
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
Rachel E. Carter
“I’ve seen what you truly are,” said the Darkling, “and I’ve never turned away. I never will. Can he say the same?”

It's strange but I think I liked this one more than Shadow & Bone. Even though the Darkling had less parts his dialogue was captivating and everything I had missed. Maybe I liked him more because he had competition (whereas in the first book he didn't know about Mal for most of it)? Mal, as usual, was just a hinderance. I did like Nikolai, but he cannot compete with my favorite
Gahhhhh ! Do you really expect me to wait a whole year ?

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Aj the Ravenous Reader

You know that feeling when you have entered a place full of new and amazing things say a room full of candy jars of various colors, shapes, and sizes and everything you haven't seen before that your facial muscles fail you as your eyes shoot wide and your mouth goes agape? That's how I felt reading this book and that's not even an exaggeration!!! This can be unbelievable since I've already met the characters in the first book but this sequel still managed to keep surprising and astonishing me wi
It’s been a while since I’ve read Shadow and Bone, but I seem to remember it as being an original series. I really liked the Russian setting, for one. I remember the world-building being really neat, what with the types of magic and the amplifier. I remember Alina being a tolerable main character to follow around. And I don’t think I’ve ever read a review that spoke badly about the Darkling, because, come on, it’s the Darkling.

However, I’m starting to believe that maybe I remember some of those
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

*:・゚ ・゚:*

5/5 wonderful stars.

I really don’t know what stopped me of picking up these books for so long!

This is so good, is everything that i like: kickass characters, drama, romance, action, everything was so intense. This was the kinda story where i was flying throught the words, i had to lower my speed cause i didn’t wanted to finish the book!
Fantasy worlds are definitely the best and this one doesn't stay behind, i love all the Russian references and how it’s surrounded by all the lovely nat
Maria Kaye
The time for ranting is upon us! + an exclusive (lol) interview with the characters of the Grisha series!

***2 stormy stars***

Le interview with the Grisha characters by Me.

Me: So everyone, how did you feel about the sequel?
Alina: I think Mal is unhappy here..
Me: Alina, I was talking about the book, can we get back to that? You know? The Darkling and his shadow army? War? Ravka?
Mal: *sulks* I'm fine. But why don't you worry about Nikolai, Alina?
Nikolai: Marry me Alina.
Alina: *looks at Nikolai and
Hmm, what just happened there?
As much as it hurts me to admit, I wouldn't lie. This book was a disappointment.

Comparatively, I enjoyed the first book more. Like the first book this one too, started off as strong, fast-paced and flowing with awesomeness but unlike the first one this one was incredibly boring at places. As good as a writer Bardugo is, there is something very off about the momentum of her books.

In this second instalment of The Grisha trilogy Alina Starkov is on the run with her ve
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
Epic second book in the trilogy, involves so much action, new powers and tremendously exciting abilities. The Darkling is now able to create a vicious shadow creature, more frightening than the Fold's Volcra. The glorious and darkly disturbing Darkling is now haunting Alina, producing such realistic and frequent visions, which may threaten her love for Mal. Nikolai is a new character that transforms into a handsome, charming, charismatic man, and whose importance grows over time. Very exciting a ...more

Oh, my poor, darling Darkling.

He has maimed and killed and threatened and blackmailed and spilled innocent blood, yet I am still rooting for him to win and I am still on his team. I love him so hard, I cannot deal with the feels.

But can we all just take a minute to bow down to the power of Nikolai?! Dear God, that man is just perfect. He's funny, charming and incredibly intelligent -- "he reminds me of a too clever fox." And I LOVE IT.

There is something incredibly satisfying/confusing about ship
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
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this one more than the first book. Although the story was slower, I really enjoyed the addition of Nikolai. He's a great character! Alina's character grows enormously in this book and I liked seeing a darker side to her.
Ash Reads
I was very, very, very excited to get my hands on this book! I was completely enthralled with Shadow & Bone. This book was no different, I was completely captivated from the very beinning, unfortunately, I fell into a bit of a reading slump and found myself reading three books at the same time. As amazing as I found this book to be, the only book I could find myself fully engaged in was my buddy read [and only for that reason, can't fall behind in a buddy read].

I looked at the calendar toda



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.

Yeap,I'm still insanely in love with the Darkling.I'm going to burn in Hell.Or rule the world with him as his queen of Darkness,whatever comes first.

I know the truth in your heart.The loneliness.The growing knowledge of your own difference.The ache of it.

Alina tried to deny it,the connection and the similarities with him,but she could't hide from the truth.Her purpose seemed simple;rebuild the Second Army,defeat the Darkling,destroy the Fold,free Ravka,find the third amplifier,don't burn every
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Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally
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