Thursday, August 22, 2013

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Genre:  YA Fantasy
The Grisha Series, Book 2

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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.

So, I will admit that my review for this is probably going to suck content-wise.  And this series has made me realize that I play favorites with my books.  This is your typical second book in a series, but I still enjoyed it.  And I don't really know why I enjoyed it so much.  Other than the fact that I like this fantasy world Liegh Bardugo has built, and I'm in love with the Grisha concept.  And possibly the Darkling...

From the first book (which I absolutely loved), Alina is on the run from the Darkling and from her title. She is a powerful person that just wants to disappear.  Only problem is there are people out there who want this power.  With the help of Mal and a new snarky character (which I also enjoyed), Alina returns home to prepare for war against the Darkling.  But she has new ideals she wants to implement.  Instead of keeping people separate based on class and type, she wants them to mingle and share strengths and weaknesses (which is a bold move).

So, I've never been one to cheer on Alina and Mal's love story.  It's been doomed since the beginning.  And the Darkling doesn't play as a big of a role in here (although I did enjoy the last scene in the book with him).  But there are plenty of other guys vying for Alina's attention.  And while I can't name names, I can tell you I like them more than Mal.  I kind of just want Alina to let Mal go like everyone else wants her to, but she's stubborn.

My only regret with this book is there isn't enough explanation about the new powers that emerge from the Shadow Fold.  The link between Alina and the Darkling isn't explained.  I need explanations people.  And now I have to wait a long time for the series finale.

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