Review: Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2)
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. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. 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.
My rating: 4 stars
This book started just a couple of weeks after Alina and Mal reached Novyi Zem and traveled to a town located just inland from the coast. They are working and trying to save up money to get further away and hide themselves better. Alina is suffering from not using her powers just as she did when she was a kid but Mal doesn't realize this because he doesn't know much about her power or how she was at the Little Palace. I could tell something was about to happen even though it was just the first chapter and it does. The Darkling finds them and has new tricks up his sleeve. He captures Mal and Alina and they end up on a ship captained by Strumhold who is a privateer up for hire to anyone who can offer the most money. Alina thinks The Darkling must be hauling them back to Ravka but he has other plans in mind and they involve getting Alina another amplifier. Everything comes to head and Alina and Mal are rescued from The Darkling by Strumhold and his crew. He has a proposition that will lead them back to Ravka. This book was filled with a lot of surprises and twists that I did not see coming most of the time. I do not want to spoil the book so I won't say anymore expect that the ending was explosive and this book did not fall into that second book slump that most series seem to fall into.
Now, lets talk characters. That's the most important thing for me as you may have noticed from my other reviews. I grew to like Alina more in Siege and Storm. She started to grow into her own and her desire to try to save Ravka and it's people is admirable. I also like that she is not perfect. She knows she made some mistakes and she is still haunted by them and The Darkling as well. She is coming into her own with her power and craves more as most people in her position do. Mal did not endear himself to me in this book. I actually dislike him even more after reading the second book. He was too self-absorbed and childish in my opinion. Alina is trying to do something that is huge and there is an impending war but all he wants to do is gripe about their relationship. That was annoying and the way he reacted to her telling him something really serious was just the icing on the cake for me. I hope he can redeem himself in the last book. The Darkling was in the beginning and in the end of the second book. My feelings are mixed and conflicted when it comes to The Darkling. I'll have to wait to see what happens in Ruin and Rising to see how I really feel overall about him. But I absolutely loved and adored Strumhold! OMG, he was the perfect mix of sarcasm, charm, charisma, and handsomeness. He had me cracking up on more than one occasion. I am so mixed up on who I want Alina to end up with but the third book will help me decide and see if I'm happy with how it ends. I also liked the twins, Tamar and Tolya; they were fierce and protective. Alina needed that. Genya did not redeem herself at first until she helped Alina escape and paid the price for it.
I cannot wait to read the third book and see how this series is resolved and what happens with everyone. I enjoyed Siege and Storm immensely and hope to read Ruin and Rising in the next couple of weeks.