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Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)

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The second book in The Grisha Trilogy by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows.

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.

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Paperback, 435 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Square Fish (first published June 4th 2013)
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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
Oct 08, 2016 Katerina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Yup, 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 clear; rebuild the Second Army, defeat the Darkling, destroy the Fold, free Ravka, find the third amplifier
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
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
Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
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“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.”

PLOT RUNDOWN:(Now featuring more Dan and Phil!)

The irrelevants(Alina and Mal) are captured by King D(The Darkling)
And the Darkling being the Darkling
Alina being.... uh? Mal's body guard? In love?
Let's just say she's pretty useless for the first half.
(+ love triangle a
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
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
Jul 22, 2016 Mitch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Darth J
Jan 28, 2016 Darth J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
It starts with pirates.

There's an unconventional dragon.

Alina realizes that she must find a certain 3 amplifiers to defeat the Darkling.

With 2 amplifiers so far, her powers are heightened.

And a climactic battle at the palace ensues.

My other reviews for The Grisha series:
Shadow and Bone
Ruin and Rising
Six of Crows
♥ 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.)
Cait • A Page with a View
Ok no this is not my attempt to write a review (because, let's face it, I'll never be able to put my love for this series into words). I just have one very important observation...

If you're a fan of Once Upon A Time, don't tell me that Emma & Hook aren't totally an older version of Alina & the Darkling with her white hair and his guyliner:

Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ 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
Apr 02, 2016 Sofii♡ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I've seen what you truly are," said the Darkling, "and I've never turned away. I never will. Can he say the same?”


This has been very good indeed!

I have many mixed feelings about this book, I feel very happy about the love that has content, the position that Alina takes was very good,she is getting stronger and is much more determined about what she wants
But at the same time I have this discomfort by the lack of things on it like The Darkling mainly lol. And that clearly is a book that is dis
Aug 20, 2014 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
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
May 21, 2016 P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
“The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.”

2.5 stars Sorry, but this book is worse than the first one. I rolled my eyes 52 times because of Alina's dullness and Mal's insecurity. In Siege and Storm, Alina and Mal escaped from the Darkling, and then they meet Sturmhound. They're back to Ravka by the flying boat to be up against the Darkling's army. After they reunion with the Grisha, they try to make a plan. But it doesn't stop Alina from what she has wanted. Alina says she want
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
Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・ |spoilers af|

{4.6 stars}

I wanted to take this opportunity to declare myself completely in love with Nikolai Lantsov, Major of the Twenty-Second Regiment, Soldier of the King’s Army, Grand Duke of Udova, and second son to His Most Royal Majesty, King Alexander the Third, Ruler of the Double Eagle Throne –or as I like to call him Nikolai, the only one.

Alright, let’s get serious here.

This second book was a lot better than the first one and this is how things are supposed to be. You’re supposed to see an impro
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
But the girl spent long years being invisible. She'd already had a ghosts life, hidden from the world and herself. Better than anyone, she knew the power of things long buried.


I'm not really gonna focus on the plot and describing the book, but instead I'm gonna focus on one word: MAL

Okay so, I loved Shadow and Bone. I think the main reason for that is because I actually finally read a book by Bardugo and I loved the Darkling very very much. I literally fell in love with that evil preci
Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
**Yep, I'm updating this review too. I can't help myself. I've been in a mood today...

You know when a book is so good... so captivating.. that you cannot find the words to even give it a worthy review? Even now, I find myself without many words to express how much I love this series.

So I'm just going to leave you with a few reasons this book is totally legit.

1. PIRATES. Snarky ones.
4. YES, this book is much darker than the first, and much more
4.5 Stars

"So many men had tried to make her a queen. Now she understood that she was meant for something more."

How do you review a second book to a phenomenal series without giving away major spoilers? You can't. You just blabber on like a fool. So:

I kind of wish I counted how many times I gasped while reading.
How many times I screamed.
How many times I threatened and cursed Leigh Bardugo and tried to telepathically warn her if she hurts Mal or Alina one more GOD DAMN TIME I WAS GOING TO FIND HER

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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
May 02, 2016 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only have two things to say:

1. mal is a DICK.
2. nikolai is everything
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
Feb 16, 2016 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I can sum up everything I don't like about this book in two names.

Alina and Mal.

Of course, there was that long, long, middle sequence with the nobels and the marriage proposals and the election to sainthood literally nothing happening, but other than that, yeah, my problem is with Alina and Mal.

I never got into either of them in the first book and I never got into them in the second. Together. Apart. It doesn't matter. I feel greater sympathy for practically all of the minor characters and about
Rachel Carter
May 27, 2016 Rachel Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy-paperback
“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
Jun 20, 2016 Anja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.”

Even though this book probably deserves 5 stars because of that totally awesome ending, the rest of the book kept me from giving it. It felt more like a prelude to the last book to me. A lot of strategizing, making plans and preparation, but apart from that, nothing really exciting happened. The first 50 pages were awesome, just like the last 50, but the rest was pretty mediocre.

I'm also still not feeling the Darkling.
Kristy Mauna
It expanded this world, introduced great new characters, delved deeper into the politics, and was certainly a lot darker than Shadow and Bone.

This review will contain spoilers.
Just like Six of Crows, I will continue to recommend this series to everyone (yes, even though I haven't even finished reading it yet) in hopes that they will fall in love with it.. And even if you hate it, well at least you could talk about why you hate it instead?

Ok, let's do this.

"There was da
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jan 19, 2015 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

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
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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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