Siege and Storm Review


Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Shadow and Bone #2
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Publication Date: 28 June 2018
Source: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Format: Paperback
Pages: 406
Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:


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.



Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I am so excited to jump into the next instalment in the Grishaverse and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. I really enjoyed the first book and I cannot wait to jump into this book. I'm going into this book blind only relying on the information that the previous book provided and let me just say, I do not know if I am ready. 

Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book! Just a quick disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinions in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book was similar to that in the first. I really enjoyed the pacing and dialogue which kept me engrossed in the novel. I really enjoyed that we got to see more into Alina's mind with her thoughts being presented on the page. 

Plot Thoughts:

The plot was slow. I felt as though a lot happened in the beginning and at the end. The lack of action in the middle made the plot seem slow and long-winded. However, this book provided a lot of world building and insight into the politics of Ravka. I think that this book and what happened is instrumental in what is to come in the next book.

Character Thoughts:

I liked Mal in the first book but my distaste for him is growing rapidly. I felt as though he was super controlling in this book and felt as if he wasn't able to accept the changes that were happening to Alina. I kind of liked the change that happened to Alina. I felt as though it added depth to her character and made her more accessible because she wasn't this perfect person. 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I really liked this book and much like other people, I found the first book to be better. However, this book does a great job of expanding the world of Ravka and setting everything up for future stories in the Grishaverse. The politics were also well done. This book also allowed for the introduction of new characters and for developments to happen in characters that we have already met. Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book.

Yours in Reading,
Melleny

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