Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Page Count: 432
Alina and Mal have escaped from the Darkling across the True Sea to Cofton. Alina is trying to hide her identity as the Sun Summoner but it is not long until someone will recognize her. The Darkling is after her once again but with the help of a privateer, Alina may stand a chance. As she heads back to Os Alta to gather an army and make a plan against the Darkling, Alina learns about her power and how it is growing but is she also slipping back into the Darkling’s magic? She must save her country and as much as she wants to make that her first priority, she also would just love to run away.
I’m not sure what I think of this book. I thought it was better than Shadow and Bone, but not by much. The first 25% was great! There was lots of action and we got introduced to a new character that I LOVE but then the book goes way downhill and I was bored again until the last 40 pages. And don’t get me started on Mal. I.Can’t.Stand.Him! He is so annoying!!! Mal is the most jealous and insecure guy that I have ever read about. No guy is even allowed to look at Alina without him throwing a tantrum. I’m glad that Alina has her childhood friend there for her but why couldn’t they just remain friends? Ever since they started having a romantic relationship, Mal’s character didn’t develop at all through the story. In fact his character development is non-existent and it is so frustrating. I guess that’s why I really didn’t enjoy the middle bulk of the story because it was lot of drama between Mal and Alina. Most of the time, I enjoy some drama in a fantasy because it gives us a little break from the fighting that usually occurs in fantasy stories. But in Siege and Storm we have more drama than fighting and it just didn’t work for me.
There is one character that I absolutely adored and that was Nikolai. He brought so much humor to the story and I was glad we finally got some of that because the first book was missing that. Pretty much every time I read about him, I was laughing. Alina is definitely growing as a character but I’m not sure if it is for the better. She definitely is a morally grey characteristics about her.
Even though this series is just mediocre to me, I am curious to see how it ends. I am crossing my fingers that the final book lives up and finally delivers the proper ending.