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.
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Bardugo continues to build this world and develop the characters. Can't wait to start book 3. Great Series. Fortgang is amazing as usual.
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Layers. The best way to describe SIEGE & STORM is Layers. From the backdrop to the characters to their relationships. Layers. They are all so rich and complex. I was at war with myself, not knowing exactly what I wanted to happen. I had to resign myself to sitting back and seeing where LEIGH took me.
Being the second in the series, you are already familiar with LEIGH‘s world building. Regardless, I found myself whist off to some far away place where magic overlay-ed a Russian landscape and history that could be a character of its own.
Alina is waging a war within. She so desperately wants to be safely away from the Darkling living Happily Ever After with Mal. And I wanted that for her. Their relationship was warm and fuzzy or should I say comfortable. After growing up together and being on the run, they have this in-sync kind of banter and closeness. It was a big ol’ warm hug. But there is the power in her and it is demanding to be used. Alina feels so very guilty that she wants it. She wants to use it for good, but sometimes it just calls to her in a seductive kind of way. Just like the Darkling. Oh, Darkling. You are back and so mysterious. I still haven’t been able to figure out quite where you belong. Villianous? Swoony? Then there is Sturmhond. I think he almost stole the release of SIEGE & STORM. He is so alive. Witty and Sarcastic. Kind of a fun twist on Peter the Great. And so much more.
I’m liking that the trend lately in high quality 2nd books. This is by far another example. There is no letting up. It is so messy. From the relationships to the problems at hand. I am almost desperate for RISE & RUIN. I really need to know what is going to happen.
LAUREN FORTGANG was a delight. She portrayed Alina as young, with a touch of naivete, kind and playful. You could feel her joy all the way to her heavy heart. LAUREN‘s Mal was a little soft for me. I picture him as this overly large brute of a man, but when he is brooding and down-trodden she captured him pretty well. The Darkling was calm and resolute with a creepy evil. And there is no other way to capture Sturmhond, but larger than life. I could feel him take up the whole room when he entered a scene. I’ll likely continue the series in audio, because I especially enjoyed how the magical words and locations rolled off her tongue. Much more beautiful than I could imagine saying them in my head.
I totally would. I would recommend the series to a friend. It's interesting and strange and vaguely Russian. I like it.
For me, it was when Alina saw Mal in the psuedo-Fight Club. It was probably just as upsetting for me as it was for her. Stupid boy.
She's an excellent Sturmhand, or the younger prince.
I would have if I could have, but alas, I have a grown-up job that requires most of my attention. I listen most in the car.
I really can't wait for the next book. I mean, I also want Alina and the Darkling to just go at it, but I know that can't/won't happen. I hope they find the fire bird.
The beginning and end is great but not much happens in the too-long middle.
The reader is good (and really great with female sarcasm) but some of her characterizations of men make them sound like pimply-faced 14-year-olds. Not her fault. She has a natural high pitch to her voice. Still it gets in the way when you want to see a man as a man. She would be best when most of the book is voiced by youngsters and/or monsters with an occasional adult male presence.
The story has interesting and strong characters. It was unfortunate that the men were emasculated a bit by the voice actor -- especially the mysterious privateer.
The middle of the story had too little action and too much angst instead of building the story to a fantastic climax. It has a great ending. It just takes a long and somewhat boring route to get there.
Strife, yearning, and uncertainty.
It builds from the first book; I can't think of another book to use for comparison. Same world, same evolving characters, additional capabilities and concerns.
My favorite scene was the last encounter between Alina and The Darkling - it was an unexpected twist. Additionally, that encounter caused Mal to finally realize what Alina had been experiencing during the book, and how Mal's actions had left the door open for the Darkling to move in.
It was interesting, but I broke the listening up into a couple of sessions.
The world of Ravka and the Grisha is mesmerizing...can't wait till the next book is released. There are so many shades of gray - people that do evil yet have some good in them as well and vice versa. What finally happens to Alina...the Darkling...Mal? Do her remaining friends survive? What happens to the country? Will the Prince reemerge?
I am thoroughly enjoying this series.
The only minor issue is that the volume of the audio fluctuates (like movies and TV), and I can't hear the Darkling when I am connected to my car's speakers. My phone and car stereo system are at maximum volume, and I must pause my audio whenever the Darkling is talking while there is rain or rutted roads. Is there a setting that can be enabled/created to allow improve volume control for the listener? Thanks!
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I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was excited to continue with the premise. The second book, however, falls trap to many 2nd books in a trilogy and is just a holding pattern until the action of the third.
I found this novel to be incredibly slow, boring and annoying. The tension between Mal and Alina felt forced, and the possible love triangles just made me roll my eyes. I did not enjoy this book and was relieved when it was over. I will not be finishing the trilogy.
I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me - they form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.
The Good: Nikolai, Tolya and Tamar. The addition of these three characters provided a real boost to a story that had started to drag. I love to hate Vasily. He is such a ridiculous character and I think Bardugo did a really good job in the way she used him to further the plot.
The Bad: Nikolai kissing Alina. This drove me up the wall because it was completely non-consensual (a theme this book seems to carry to the end), and Bardugo continued to have Nikolai and Alina flirtatious with each other. The book would have been better if she had left the kiss out and just had them become friends. The Darkling kissing her was also pretty gross and I don't see why it was included as it did not further the plot in any way. So now we have three would-be lovers for Alina and two of them have touched her against her will. And this is a YA book, so what is this teaching young girls about bodily autonomy? I also felt like the imagery was sometimes lacking.
The Ugly: The prologue and the epilogue. The author uses these as an excuse to write what could be whole chapters in just mere paragraphs. It's lazy writing.
Ehhhhh. It was fine. I'm not going to bother with the third book. The first was amazing. The second I felt like she phoned it in.
I spent most of the time yelling at the main characters for being irrational brats. Even the villain made more sense. Mal yelled at everyone for no reason, I think he needed a hug. This book was thoroughly disappointing. The main characters where completely unlikable.
The villain is one of the most likable characters in the series...I was actively rooting for him.
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