Book Review – Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Yesterday, you got the first book in the trilogy, Shadow and Bone. Today, you get the middle book, Siege and Storm. And if you look at my Goodreads review of this book (LOL), you’ll be able to see that you’re in for quite a ride. Meaning that nothing I’m about to say might make sense. It’s a risk we all have to take.

Spoilers for Shadow and Bone ahead.

Siege and Storm picks up where Shadow and Bone left off, after Alina and Mal sailed across the True Sea to start their new lives. Alina has found a way to hide the amplifier she wears around her neck using scarves and flowy dresses, and they’re making enough money to get by. She knows their love is real because she can feel it even when she can’t feel her own power anymore, and that’s what’s getting her by.

But the Darkling finds them anyway, and he’s not playing games anymore.

The Darkling has a terrifying new power that he continually uses against Alina, capturing her and Mal again and taking them back to Ravka. With the help of a notorious privateer who is definitely not who he seems to be and a crew of misfits (my favorite kind), Alina and Mal have to fight to save Ravka from the one Grisha who was supposed to protect them.

Did I do okay on that one? It’s so hard to avoid spoilers in a middle book!

3 Things I Loved
  • NIKOLAI. Holy cats, I loved Nikolai. Even after we find out who he really is, even after everything, he’s just the best. AND WE’RE GETTING A WHOLE SERIES OF NIKOLAI BOOKS THANK THE LORD I CANNOT WAIT!!
  • Nikolai’s loyal crew. They’re all runaways from other places, risking their skins to pirate with Nikolai, and they’d do it over and over again. They all become bigger characters in this book and the next, and they’re all unique and lovely.
  • The Darkling. Ooooooookay, so he’s one of the best villains ever, amirite? I would never pair him with Alina for real (ew), but he’s a great character, and he creeped me out and I wanted more of him on the page. He and Nikolai are the real well-matched opponents, and if he didn’t have his new creeptastic power, I think they’d give us all a show.
  • Dislikes/Problematic Content

    Um. No? Honestly, I read this in a blur and then read the last one immediately after, so I can’t think of anything problematic in this one. Aside from it still being pretty straight and very white.

    The ending shattered me. I can say that much. I was wrecked.

    • Red = DNF, I hated everything
    • Orange = Ugh, no thank you
    • Yellow = I mean, I’ve read worse, but there were problems
    • Green = This was good! 
    • Blue = Oh my gosh, I loved this book!
    • Purple = This is the unicorn of books and I will be rereading it until the binding falls apart and EVERYONE should be reading it!

    Again, after taking the series as a whole into consideration, rating this book was really hard. After giving Shadow and Bone a green rating, I feel the same way about this book – it actually grew on me a little after I finished the trilogy. It sets everything up so nicely, and the action is totally non-stop. So. I’m giving Siege and Storm a GREEN rating. Because you’ve got to save the best for last.