Title: Grishaverse #2 – Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / YA Pages: 386
First published: 2013
Edition: 2018 Paperback edition, published by Orion
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.
It had been five months since I read Shadow and Bone and I probably left it a little too long to continue the series. It took me a little while to get back into this world, but I got there in the end.
The world is interesting, though I never feel we find out much about it. As far as the main character Alina is concerned, she is likeable enough, but always stays a little bland in my honest opinion. There is nothing about her that I dislike, but I never feel like I got to know her properly either. The same goes for the magic system and Alina’s powers. It is an interesting concept, but it is simply not quite explored enough for my liking.
Some of the other characters are certainly intriguing, especially the Darkling and Nikolai and some of the side characters piqued my interest as well. The plot was well enough executed and I am actually interested to see where the story goes from here.
I definitely will not wait five months to read Ruin and Rising.
5 out of 7 stars