Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Publication: June 4th, 2013
Genre: Ya Fantasy
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 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.
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Well, this was a whole book of nothing besides the beginning and end. It’s literally all battle talk for 80% of this book. We have a group of people who hate each other and don’t trust each other discussing how to take down a dude they just so happen to hate and distrust more. Mal & Alina pinning over the other and being insecure. And Nikolai being amazing. I was only able to make it through the book by doing a thorough skim read. I pretty much read all the dialogue but shuffled through the description because everything is just so wordy. I don’t need two pages of what the clothes look like. It was boring and pointless. Really a lot of this could have been cut out and this could’ve been a duology honestly. Everything about these books is predictable and underwhelming.
Everyone is honestly still annoying besides the new characters. I loved Nikolai so much. He was hilarious and charismatic. He was a thrill to read about and he is easily my favorite character. There is no growth from Alina and Mal though which is what sucks for me. They still whine and continuously show their insecurities about each other. It’s hard to understand the severity of their situation when they constantly whine about someone looking at the other. Mal gets angry over everything she does and wants to do. And I am sorry but I don’t find him adorable with how much he wants the “old” Alina back. Meaning the old weak, non-powerful, Alina who only pinned after him while he slept with everyone who doted her eyes at him. I despise his character so much it’s not even funny. Tamar and Toyla were a nice addition and I liked seeing more of the second army/little palace people like Zoya, David, Sergi, etc.
Well, she has a knack for boring battle talk I will give ya that. The romance and ships didn’t get any better for me. But let me tell you who she did write amazingly. Nikolai. Out of everyone in this book he was the one I looked forward to seeing the most. I can’t wait to read his book. He was so well written in a cast of blah. I really want to love the Darkling but I feel like he was written so weakly that I can’t get into him as I wanted. He wasn’t as fleshed out as he needed to be. I mean he has this new cool power and he is supposed to be the most powerful and evil Grisha and we see him twice besides Alina’s weird ass dreams of him…Like what??? She has so much potential to make this sinister and dark and it ends up being boring and filled with a lot of nothing. But I still like the Darkling there just is nothing to show for it. The world-building is good and she writes good plot twists still.
I have to be honest I don’t care nor do I understand either ship. Let me start with Mal/Alina. Besides the fact that their romance is boring, I really hate how they started. They were besties and but she was dealing with unrequited love while he slept around. Before she went to the Little Palace he was talking about sleeping with someone with his boys which was Zoya. He didn’t show any feelings BUT WAIT fast forward and we have Alina on the arms of the Darkling. She’s powerful thriving and being noticed. He GETS MAD and accuses her of changing. Strike one! Strike two is now they’re in a relationship and they whine so much and they are so insecure. They both get ridiculously jealous if someone merely looks at the other. I mean in the middle of the battle plans she’s thinking about Zoya and Mal (which is the moment mentioned earlier). Like girl?!?! Really!! NOW? Never mind the fact that we have to constantly hear how Mal has rainbows coming out of his ass and she’s so plain. PLEASE SHUT THE HELL UP. I mean nothing happens with them. It’s all insecure talk & jealousy. They’re nothing to write home about.
Now the Darkling and Alina. I mean what are we shipping here? We have book one. Ok yes, we get a few stuff that I guess was cute or whatever. A few hot moments but then we find out his master plan. But I get it if you’re like me villains are hot so you accept this. Fine ok. But then book two happens and that’s it. I had 100 pages left of the book and there was NOTHING to show for it with this ship. He’s, in the beginning, being all evil and then that’s it. I was almost done and he hadn’t even shown up. Am I missing something? Like I have to know does something happen in book three that makes people ship them so hard? Both ships are boring and lame at worst and subpar at best. If anyone considers them in their top five otps or God-tier we have to fight bc why.
“Back to pretending to be less than you are, I see. The sham doesn’t suit you.”
“Go on, stamp your foot, fight your true nature. All the while, your country suffers.” “Because of you!” “Because I put my trust in a girl who cannot stand the thought of her own potential.”
“…I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important.”
He can never understand your power, and if he does, he will only come to fear you.
“You know, for two people with a love eternal, you’re awfully insecure…”
“The world is changing…We change with it, or there will be nothing left to remember us but the dust.”
“I warned you that your otkazat’sya could never understand you, Alina. I told you that he would only come to fear you and resent your power. Tell me I was wrong.”
“I’ve seen what you truly are,” said the Darkling, “and I’ve never turned away. I never will. Can he say the same?”