Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Format: ARC Paperback
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, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But 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.
I was soo beyond lucky to get my hands on a ARC of this beauty through Mindful Mundanes and I absolutely devoured it. My one major complaint is now I have to wait even longer for the third, because I read the second one early, but oh well. I can’t really complain.
Sequels can be difficult, sometimes they bomb, and sometimes the writer only improves as they go. That was definitely the case with Bardugo, because this book was a solidly awesome book. A new character is brought in that has captured my heart and my attention and I can’t wait to read more about him in the final instalment.
With Mal and Alina on the run at the beginning of this book, it’s hard to figure out where the story will go. But right away, it is action packed, and perfectly paced.
The Darkling isn’t nearly as physically present in the book as he is in Shadow and Bone but rather in Alina’s subconscious. And let me tell you, he is darker, sexier and way more bone chilling. I had a few issues with Mal in Siege and Storm, mainly because he strayed so far from what made him a great love interest for Alina and didn’t do a whole lot to redeem himself in my eyes, but I do still love his character and his connection to Alina, so i’m hoping for something better from him in the next book.
This new character, Sturmhond, was amazing. A privateer of a badass ship, he is goofy and serious, clever and sly, determined, confident and very sexy. He is the perfect balance for Alina in S&S and I fell hard for him quickly.
Alina in S&S was fantastic. Her character growth was so well developed that I found it impossible not to empathize with her. Her internal struggle over certain things I cannot name added a level of uncertainty throughout the book that kept me on the edge of not knowing what might happen.
The ending was brilliant. I could barely even contain myself when I was finishing up. The second instalment of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy was a definite winner.