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Siege and Storm

(The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  314,472 ratings  ·  33,908 reviews
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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
Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Ysaure The second book is definitely worth reading. I get why you would think that it just indecision, but the second book is definitely worth it, especially…moreThe second book is definitely worth reading. I get why you would think that it just indecision, but the second book is definitely worth it, especially for one specific character that is introduced. It is kind of slow moving, but it definitely goes uphill.(less)

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Dec 08, 2014 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 a
The Good:
1. Alina going full Shane*
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 him
3. Alina's vague, confusing magical powers (she has...the power of light? And the Darkling has...the power of darkness? Except darkness is the absence of light so essentially they have exactly the same powers? And I suppose you could say "the Darkling creates darkn
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! ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nikolai, honey, your back must be so sore from carrying that entire book.
Elle (ellexamines)
how can this book have been so much better than book one, or book three, and yet still... not good?
“You just punched a prince, Alina. I guess we can add one more act of treason to our list.”
I shook out my sore hand. My knuckles smarted. “First of all, are we so sure he really is a prince? And second, you’re just jealous.”
“Of course I’m jealous. I thought I was going to get to punch him. That isn’t the point.”

2 1/2 stars, again. Again, very mixed feelings, so I’m going to start by tal
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 s
Emma Giordano
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
5 stars!

I really loved Siege & Storm! I had not delved into the Grishaverse Trilogy since reading book one in 2015, and I am saddened that it took me so long to go back to this amazing world!

I definitely struggled with the beginning of this book, but I feel it is a reflection of myself instead of the quality of the book. I’ve realized that jumping into sequels of books I haven’t read in years via audiobook is a habit I should break as I don’t retain much from the beginning on the story, but none
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”You know the problem with heroes and saints, Nikolai?” I asked as I closed the book’s cover and headed for the door. “They always end up dead.”

Do you know the song “One to Make Her Happy” from Marque? No? That’s unfortunate, because while I read this book I had a horrible earworm and couldn’t get it out of my head. I was basically humming it the entire time and decided to change the name from Daisy to Alina. I’m sure by now you’re curious about the lyrics and I’m happy to oblige:

“One to make he
The Burning Rose (Jess)
5/5 stars.
This book was a thousand times better than the first.
The characters have improved, the plot has improved. It was thrilling, interesting, intriguing, it gave me the feeling that I couldn't put the book out of my hands. Anything that Lehigh Bardugo put into the plot in this book certainly helped the story. It's as if she saved herself with this plot.

The first addition I would like to point out is the pirates. I'm not sure what about you, but in my opinion, when pirates are involved, it's
Caz (littlebookowl)
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first book, and I think it's partly because of my dislike for Mal, and partly because I found the moments between the high action points to be too slow/dull for my taste.

My favourite thing about this book was some of the new characters we meet, especially Sturmhond! I was also a little sad we didn't see quite as much of the Darkling, he is such an interesting character.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.2/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.”

OH YES BABY. THAT'S THE SHIT I LIKE TO SEE.And this how a very thorough and serious review begins, everybody! Take a seat and enjoy after this mini break for the plot summary!

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
Tharindu Dissanayake
"Sulking gives you wrinkles."
"Perfect night for tearing a hole in the universe, no?"

Plot thickens... Making a long review of this one would be redundant, because the world building, style of writing, and the enjoyable nature of the main plot remain almost the same - and that's a good thing. So I'll just stick to the changes and plot highlights.

"I can't decide if you're crazy or stupid."

Siege and Storm picks up from the precise point where Shadow and Bone left things off, and the story takes a n
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
Miranda Reads
Mar 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Life's too short for bad YA.

And yet, here I am. Again.

One very snarky review to come

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Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this reread has made me realise one important thing - we, the readers, were robbed in ‘king of scars.’

nickolai lantsov, prince of ravka and my heart, grand duke of udova, sturmhond of the true sea and first of his name did not sacrifice so much for miss priss zoya to steal as much page time as she did. i cant stand her. sometimes i just wish she would summon water to drown herself. lol.

my anger aside, this series is, and still remains to be, the best ever.

5 stars
Chelsea Humphrey
Enjoyed the audio of this much more than my first time reading the print version!

Now listen here, I'm still on board with the series but about 70% of this book was SLLLLLOOOOOOWWWWWWWW........

*super minor spoilers

While this was definitely an informative middle chapter to the trilogy, I can't help but be slightly disappointed that there just wasn't more. I found myself really excited in the final chapters with the sudden blaze of action, but couldn't help feeling like Bardugo sa
This book was such a massive disappointment, considering I actually really enjoyed the first book. Half of the time reading this book was me pissed-fucking-off and filled with all bullshit in the world I can't fucking even. Also, there are going to be spoilers ahead for this book. You have been warned.

Bullshit #1: Mal. Ew.

What an annoying little mother fucker. You should probably know by now I fucking hate this guy more than anything in the world. WHY IS HE EVEN A PART OF THIS SERIES? Ugh he p
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
DNF @ 40%

Annnnnnd, I'm gonna wave the white flag here, peeps.

Despite having already read book one...

Despite having ALL three books physically on my shelf...

Despite those books being guarded by my beloved John Wick Funko POP...


I must bid adieu and part with said technicolor beauties.

Because BORED.
And because life is too short and my shelves too full.

Oh well.

The Darkling and Nikolai's existence was the only thing that gave me willpower to get through this book. Mal annoyed the shit out of me and I thought Alina knew better :/ ...more
Wendy Darling
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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
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Holy freaking crap.

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.
5. Mind games. Crazy ones. The struggle is real [and swoon worthy]
6. Alina's cha
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
Cait (Caitsbooks)
This book introduces Nikolai, so I am legally not allowed to say anything negative about it.

(4.5/5 stars)
Jun 04, 2013 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, I'm completely 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 angrily reject ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2★ | because a book with Nikolai in it deserves to be rated.otherwise this book gets 0 stars from me.

We do our best. We try. And usually, it makes no difference at all.

This book also deserves a rating coz I read it when I was feeling very low and so many lines made me feel relatable and better. For example, the line I quoted above.

Now, coming back to the book talk,
Does the plot get better? No.
Does the protagonist get better? No.
Does the love interest get better? No.
Does the villain
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
The first book was a surprise for me - I had low expectations as I was basically reading this trilogy to read the Six of Crows duology.

I was excited to continue and this book fell short. 4 guys, 1 "oh so plain" girl... you get it.

I still love the magic system and the world and I'm hoping things will get better in the third book!
✨ A ✨
Can we all just acknowledge the adorableness of David?? He and Nikolai deserve all the stars and to be honest their characters were the saving grace of this book.


Alina was very frustrating at times. And I feel like I connected more with Mal to be honest.

Yes. THAT'S RIGHT. I actually like Mal now?!?! Trust me, I didn't think I would. But I now understand his fears for Alina and his need to prove himself.

I enjoyed meeting new characters like Tamar and Tolya and Nikolai obviously. But some new c
3.5 stars.

Hello. Considering this is a sequel I’m just gonna jump into my thoughts… beware spoilers ahead that I’m not tagging because literally anything I write in this review is going to be in some way or another a spoiler. (If you want a synopsis or actual coherent thoughts check out my review of Shadow and Bone)

While reading the first book of this trilogy(Shadow and Bone) I was always entertained but I had a big problem getting into the world and the book and just being invested in what was
mel ☽
2.25 stars ✩⋆

ok i was gonna write a whole ass review but i just found out that my open book exam is actually a closed book exam so your girl is
S-T-R-U-G-G-L-I-N-G at the moment.

so since i'm too lazy, i'll just summarize my feelings towards the characters cuz it's therapeutic to rant because y'all... the dumbassery in this book. i can't.

bish ARE YOU DUMB? you're gonna go and pine for that musty ass boy who chose every other girl and never looked your way until some other man noticed yo
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I have loved you all my life, Mal," I whispered through my tears. "There is no end to our story.”

“Why won’t you leave me alone?” I whispered one night as he hovered behind me while I tried to work at my desk.
Long minutes passed. I didn’t think he would answer. I even had time to hope he might have gone, until I felt his hand on my shoulder.
“Then I’d be alone, too," he said, and he stayed the whole night through, till the lamps burned down to nothing.”

I really liked it but few chapter in the mi
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Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix original series) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, the King of Scars Duology, and The Language of Thorns—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her othe ...more

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