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Siege and Storm

by Leigh Bardugo

Square Fish | June 17, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Siege and Storm is rated 4.1429 out of 5 by 7.

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.

Siege and Storm is the second book in Leigh Bardugo''s Grisha Trilogy.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.19 × 5.47 × 1.31 in

Published: June 17, 2014

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 125004443X

ISBN - 13: 9781250044433

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Characters. Once again Leigh's writing is fabulous. The characters development in this book is amazing and the new characters she's brought into this book....you'd think you've known them all your life. It's just that good.
Date published: 2014-06-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Darkness never dies Mmmmmmm Nikolai. In this sequel to Shadow and Bone I found myself in the same prodicument as I did in the first novel. There was just too much stuff to wrap my head around. With all the different Grisha jobs, the different powers and finally the different language. I would always find myself with a headache and couldn't enjoy myself. Even with the headache I very much enjoyed Prince Nikolai, seriously he's my favourite. He's so full of a deeper knowledge, I don't really know what to call it but what he says just always gets to me, and his sass! I can't get enough of it. Even though I found that this book was a little too much for me personally to handle and never deeply understood the first two novels in the series I will defiantly give the final book in the series, Ruin and Rising a try because seriously? This series really does deserve it. Ruin and Rising releases June 17th, 2014 and is the final book in The Grisha Trilogy.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! In a nutshell? Alina and Mal are on the run from the Darkling. Siege and Storem is an action packed romantic adventure through the Russian country of Ravka. Sturmhond is a sly and excellent character. His little quips made me laugh. And I love that he's another contender for Alina. Most love triangles make me gag but in those case, since I love both of the guys, I don't mind it as much. I also loved how much more dark Alina's thoughts are only because her power is growing. I can't wait until more questions are answered about her powers. What was missing from this book was action. I'm all for alliance building and political intrigue, but sometimes you just want the characters to duke it out and fight for their beliefs. It all ended up being in the end so I was happy enough to read those sequences. I'm forever and always a Bardugo fan. Love her writing style and the way she weaves her stories together. Brilliant! Also, props to the Art department, this is one FABULOUS cover design! 
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After A sequel is always tricky, especially when it follows after a book you loved. As excited as I was for Siege & Storm, I was a bit anxious as well, after how much I loved Shadow & Bone I wasn't sure how this sequel would compare. And I think the simplest way to explain my feelings about Siege & Storm was that I couldn't love it as much as Shadow & Bone. I think it's the kind of book I would have loved so much more on its own, had there not been this incredible first book setting the stage. While Siege & Storm is a good book with some great additions to The Grisha trilogy, you can tell that this is the "growing pains" book where the characters have to adjust to a situation none expected nor wanted. Reasons to Read: 1. Fantastic new character additions: This was the absolute best part of Siege & Storm for me: I know, I know. Everyone and their mother loves Sturmhond. But it's for good reason! Leigh's writing gives him a voice that stands out so much from other characters, with his clever comebacks and dry wit. He definitely helps balance out some of the more depressing issues at hand in the story, because when things get REALLY bad? Sometimes you just need to laugh. Or, if you're Stumhond, smirk. 2. Emphasis on Alina's internal struggle: For a book that has had so much attention on developing the setting and world of the story, I'm amazed by how much detail is given to Alina's internal struggle as she tries to adapt to her new powers and position. It seems to me that this is truly the most important conflict in the book - moreso than anything with any other character, even the Darkling. Alina's battle isn't with some external force, it's with herself. It's such an introspective story, one where it is truly a privilege to be so in tune with Alina's thoughts and feelings because she doesn't share them with anyone else. 3. An expanded setting: When Siege & Storm starts off, we have Alina and Mal on the run in an entirely different country. They end up meeting a number of other characters from other places as well, and we finally get a bit more of a glimpse at the rest of the world. To me, this is what makes a setting believable and come to life - hints that the world is still turning outside of the main characters' location. I really like that, and I think it helps build the plot and help the reader understand exactly what is at stake here. The biggest problem for me? So very little happens, and what does happen occurs very quickly. The action feels rushed, and the waiting seems to go on forever. It's a slow book, and I mentioned how introspective and sensitive to Alina's conflict with herself the book is. While that is a good thing, it also means other parts of the story suffer as a result of so much time and focus spent on Alina. Much of the time is spent waiting for something to happen, and I understand that part of this is simply because Alina (and company) are acting defensively. After Shadow & Bone featured SO MUCH (so much action, so much romance, so much creepiness) I was hoping for more, and I think my expectations are mostly to blame here. But we still have an excellent book here. Leigh Bardugo's writing is as exceptional as ever, and I think really showcases her knack for juggling a multitude of character voices and emotions. She is truly a master at tugging at her readers' heartstrings, and never leaves us with predictable characters or story lines. Although the romance is left on the back burner for most of this book, the tension is incredible and I appreciate that it didn't overshadow the rest of the story. ARC received from Raincoast Books for review; no other compensation was received. 
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Siege and Storm picks up almost immediately where Shadow and Bone left off, providing the reader with immediate action and many unexpected plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The inclusion of original fairy tales and mythology, coupled with exquisite food dishes, beautiful clothing, and vivid settings add even greater depth to the imaginative world of Ravka. Alina is no longer the weak, naive girl that we saw in Shadow and Bone; she’s truly coming into her own, though the journey is decidedly bittersweet. Alina begins to hone her strength and assert herself in anticipation of a fight with the Darkling, though she struggles against the desire to attain even more power – and the repercussions that it could have for herself, her relationships, and Ravka. Though I know that I shouldn’t care for him, the Darkling still holds the honour of being my favourite character in this series. He’s quite an intriguing and complex character: he’s power-hungry, manipulative, and could even be described as evil, though he also has touches of humanity that are difficult to ignore. To my dismay, his presence in this book is minimal, although he captured my full attention whenever he appeared in a scene – especially when showing off his dark new skills. A new character is introduced in Siege and Storm, and he managed to win me over with ease. Sturmhond is witty and charming, bringing much-needed touches of humour to story. He’s also incredibly well composed, calculating, and adaptive, which are necessary qualities given his agenda. And then there’s Mal. He started to grow on me towards the end of Shadow and Bone but, sadly, I didn’t like him in this book. He spends too much time feeling insecure in his relationship with Alina. I understand his reasoning – after all, she is the most powerful Grisha and he is a tracker who deserted the army – but after a while, I got tired of reading about it. Hopefully he’ll be more like his end-of-book-one-self in the sequel, since that guy was pretty adorable. If I haven’t made it clear already, I absolutely loved Siege and Storm. It’s unputdownable and the perfect example of how to write a proper middle installment. I can’t wait to see what happens in Ruin and Rising – until then, I’ll be traipsing about in my very own kefta and trying to befriend guys that look like the Darkling.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Great! Leigh Bardugo does not disappoint in this second instalment of the Grisha Trilogy. I really enjoyed this read! Alina's character is beautifully developed as she attains even more Grisha power and attempts to retain a little of her old self. The conflict within Alina is interesting to see unfold and her relationship with Mal becomes strained. The introduction of Sturmhund, a mysterious and unscrupulous pirate, or as he calls himself, "a privateer", is my favourite part of the story. I absolutely LOVE this character! Without giving up a key spoiler, let's just say, that Sturmhund is just FANTASTIC!!! He makes this novel come alive. While The Darkling is still centre-point to the the story, we don't really see too much of him and for this, I'm not disappointed. He is an atypical antagonist and just the threat of him is enough for me. The Darkling just doesn't have as much personality as Sturmhund and Mal. There were a few slow spots in the middle of the book, but overall, this one is a page-turner! Especially near the end. I'm looking forward to book #3. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until 2014!
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Leigh Bardugo's debut Shadow and Bone blew me away last summer when I read it. It was absolutely incredible. I read it while driving with a couple friends to see Coldplay. It was a good trip and Shadow and Bone will forever be a part of that. I flew through the book and as soon as I was done I was eager to see what was going to happen next. Siege and Storm essentially picks up exactly where Shadow and Bone leaves off. Alina and Mal on the run from the Darkling and trying to figure out their next move. I have seen it mentioned a few times that there had been a bit of confusion because there is little recap in Siege and Storm regarding its predecessor. This is something that I generally get frustrated with as I have the worst memory for details. But I did not seem to have this problem with Siege and Storm. This could be attributed to the fact that it has been less then a year since I read Shadow and Bone, but I don't think so. I think I was so involved with the story when I read it that it all stuck with me. In saying that, I would suggest you refresh your memory with Shadow and Bone before reading Siege and Storm if you feel like you need it. One of the things that really impressed me with the first installment of Leigh Bardugo's Grisha trilogy was how creative it was. I am always so impressed with what can come from someone's mind. There are so many little details that needed to be thought out and developed. The world and all that it comes with was one of my favourite things about Shadow and Bone, and I was not disappointed with how Bardugo was able to expand it and make it more magical and more compelling to readers. She takes us someplace else throws us in and lets us enjoy the beauty of it all. There were a few twists and turns in Siege and Storm that I wasn't expecting and it was a blast to experience it all. There are a number of new characters that we are introduced to in this novel- some pleasant, others not so much. Strumhond, the privateer that we meet is my kind of character. He was sarcastic and mysterious and cocky and just plane hilarious! There were a few scenes within the book where he was involved that had be lol-ing for real. Alina goes through some major changes in Siege and Storm. She battles internally with the responsibilities of being the sun summoner and a few other things (which would get a little spoiler-y if I let it slip). It's because of these struggles that her relationship with Mal suffers a bit. I enjoyed seeing this new side of Alina. She becomes more independent and more assertive. These new developments in her character felt normal and natural. There were times, however, where I wished she would have handled these transitions better and trusted those around her more (but really who deals with change perfectly). The Darkling is absent ninety percent of the time. But this didn't bother me. While I was as enchanted with him as anyone else when reading Shadow and Bone. However, the few times he did make an appearance in Siege and Storm I didn't feel the same charm from him. Yes, he wasn't wooing Alina anymore, but there was something about him that just didn't impress me. I am curious to see what Bardugo will do with him in the next book. Overall, Siege and Storm was a perfect addition to the Grisha trilogy. The plot was wonderfully developed and had me from the very beginning and the characters were fierce and loyal. I am SO excited for everyone to get their hands on this and I am ever more excited to see what's in store for Alina, Mal and the Darkling.
Date published: 2013-06-10

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Siege and Storm

by Leigh Bardugo

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.19 × 5.47 × 1.31 in

Published: June 17, 2014

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 125004443X

ISBN - 13: 9781250044433

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CHAPTER 1   T WO WEEKS WE’D been in Cofton, and I was still getting lost. The town lay inland, west of the Novyi Zem coast, miles from the harbor where we’d landed. Soon we would go farther, deep into the wilds of the Zemeni frontier. Maybe then we’d begin to feel safe. I checked the little map I’d drawn for myself and retraced my steps. Mal and I met every day after work to walk back to the boardinghouse together, but today I’d gotten completely turned around when I’d detoured to buy our dinner. The calf and collard pies were stuffed into my satchel and giving off a very peculiar smell. The shopkeeper had claimed they were a Zemeni delicacy, but I had my doubts. It didn’t much matter. Everything tasted like ashes to me lately. Mal and I had come to Cofton to find work that would finance our trip west. It was the center of the jurda trade, surrounded by fields of the little orange flowers that people chewed by the bushel. The stimulant was considered a luxury in Ravka, but some of the sailors aboard the Verrhader had used it to stay awake on long watches. Zemeni men liked to tuck the dried blooms between lip and gum, and even the women carried them in embroidered pouches that dangled from their wrists. Each store window I passed advertised different brands: Brightleaf, Shade, Dhoka, the Burly. I saw a beautifully dressed girl in petticoats lean over and spit a stream of rust-colored juice right into one of the brass spittoons tha
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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.

Siege and Storm is the second book in Leigh Bardugo''s Grisha Trilogy.

About the Author

Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she hides out in Hollywood, where she indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as a makeup artist in Hollywood. She can occasionally be heard singing with her band, Captain Automatic. Her first two books, Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm, were both New York Times bestsellers.

Editorial Reviews

“An action-packed, heartbreaking ending will leave teens breathless for the final installment.” — School Library Journal “This action-packed, suspenseful grand tale of war, adventure and love, with a maritime setting, colorful battles, and female warriors, will appeal to a broad readership and is an enticing prelude to the anticipated Book 3.” — VOYA “Bardugo populates her fully realized world with appealing three-dimensional characters and an involving plot that keeps a steady pace. . . . The buzz will be big.” — Booklist “Bardugo builds on strengths she brought to the first volume, including a richly crafted fantasy world with its own twist on magic, a surfeit of handsome leading men, and plenty of teen-appropriate romantic angst.” — The Horn Book “Scheming and action carry readers at a breathless pace to an end that may surprise them and will definitely leave them panting for the series’ conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews   Praise for Shadow and Bone : ABA New Voices Pick (1st half of the year) Indie Next list Amazon June Best of the Month list for Teens Amazon June Best of the Month list for Adults Apple Best of June promotion LA Times summer reading list PW Flying Start A New York Times Bestseller   “Mesmerizing. . . . Bardugo’s set up is shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for.” —Laini Taylor in The New York Times Boo
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