Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: June 4th 2013
Series: The Grisha #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
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.
I cannot believe I won this ARC. I won an ARC of one of the most anticipated books this year. Of course, a lot can go wrong when a novel is so anticipated. There are expectations, and I know from experience what it feels like when those expectations are dashed. SIEGE AND STORM, other than being the perfect blackmail material against Alise, was a fantastic read that easily escaped the expectation trap. It exceeded my expectations, completely blew them to pieces. One of the best books I’ve read this year, this fantasy is going to quench the thirst of those desperately waiting for it… then leave them hungry for more. (Yes, it is a cliffhanger ending)
The plot gets moving very, very quickly. I really wasn’t expecting to see such dire developments so early, or be told a story better than I predicted. There was more action than in SHADOW AND BONE, as well as more romance (and pain). The world becomes more developed and relationship dynamics change. Nothing is as it was, nor will it ever be again. Pacing wise, the middle of the book is a little slow. But the ending lets me forgive that little detail. Twists fill the final pages, some of them I predicted, others I only realised moments before it happened, and others took me completely by surprise. ALINA really took my by surprise. It was the ending that made me rate this book five stars. That, and another new character…
Sturmhond is probably a name you’ve heard already. And for good reason. This guy is phenomenal Hilarious, a great leader, and an inventor, I really loved him. He quickly became my favourite of the series and I can’t wait to see more of him. Sturmhond never quite does what you expect, and is almost always wearing a mask. A very, very intriguing guy, he graces the pages of SIEGE AND STORM frequently, and would often make me laugh in whatever scene he was in.
The Darkling’s is also in SIEGE AND STORM a lot. Much more than I was expecting. Let me assure you that he is more terrifying than ever. His new power should not exist. It gives me the creeps. So does he in this novel, and yet I still love him. Something… unexpected happens to him at the end, something that could potentially have a massive effect on his power. It will be interesting to see just exactly what effect it had, if any at all.