Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Synopsis: 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.
Final Rating: ♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
I loved Shadow and Bone. I thought it was absolutely fantastic for several reasons. I thought the world was well-built, and I thought the writing was fantastic. But most of all, I loved Shadow and Bone because of the bad-assery that was the Darkling.
So needless to say, I was very excited to jump into this world again so I could swoon over the Darkling a little more and try to understand his character. In this aspect, I was severely disappointed because the Darkling makes two or three appearances in this book. Once towards the beginning, once towards the end and kinda-sorta in the middle. This made me very sad, because really, this book needed a lot – and I mean A LOT – more of the Darkling.
Other than this, my issues with the book were small. I don’t like it when everybody becomes infatuated with the main character, and I saw this happening a little. Sometimes the relationship between Mal and Alina irked me, but that was about it.
The world-building was fantastic in this sequel. I thought Alina’s character development was good, and I liked the dark aspects of her personality. These aspects added another layer to her character, which I really enjoyed. I personally loved Nikolai, and I’m excited to see where his character is headed in the last book.
But I really hope there’s a lot of the Darkling in “Ruin and Rising” because really… the Darkling.