Book Talk: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, book 2 of the Grishaverse. 11/2/18

Siege of Storm by Leigh Bardugo
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Book Talk: Leigh Bardugo’s Siege and Storm, book 2 Grishaverse. 11/2/18

Traci Kenworth

 

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. YA Fantasy. Henry Holt & Co. 2013.

 

Amazon’s Blurb: Enter the Grishaverse with Book Two of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.

The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.

But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.

New York Times Bestseller
This title has Common Core connections.

Praise for the Grishaverse

“A master of fantasy.” — The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” —The Guardian
“The best magic universe since Harry Potter.” —Bustle
“This is what fantasy is for.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” —NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” —USA Today
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” —Vanity Fair
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” —Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” —Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
“This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien.” —RT Book Reviews

Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy 
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

 

My review: Mal and Alina have become ghosts again. They hide out in towns, keeping as far from the Darkling as possible. Alina, at first, hopes he is dead but knows that he isn’t. When the Darkling and his new pets, shadows of darkness called nichevo’ya, capture them, they find themselves aboard a pirate ship manned by Stormhound. The captain of the ship has secrets of his own and becomes an unexpected ally. When they escape from the Darkling, Alina harnesses the power of the sea whip in a new bracelet. She learns there is a final power to find: the firebird. While she and Mal discuss how to track it, she finds herself back at the grand palace and distrusted by the king. As both princes woo her, she tries to keep her relationship with Mal steady, but she finds herself with secrets just as he does. Has the power changed her? Is she becoming like the darkling? Only time and the final battle will tell.

This universe is filled with exciting things to know. From the different ranks of the Grisha to mixture of swords and guns. It is something quite set apart from other worlds and I like it! In fact, I did something similar in my current beta project. The characters are interesting and hold your attention. Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina has big roles to fill and she does them all justice as she searches to find herself and what she wants in the world. The plot is strong. From the beginning, it’s clear that the danger both face is more than they ever realized. I’ve already begun the third book and it doesn’t disappoint either. Great series!

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