REVIEW #121: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Siege and Storm
Series: The Grisha #2
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Pages: 435, Hardcover
Source: Bought

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.


It's no secret I loved this book. I loved it every bit as much as Shadow and Bone.
Maybe even more so.

I'm sure some of my love stems from the fact that this is a fantasy series. 
A very well done one at that.
Leigh Bardugo has created such a stunning and intricate world in which to tell this story.
And there is so much originality.
The magic. The Grisha. The Darkling. The Fold. The Second Army. The Amplifiers.
Every detail is so unique and mesmerizing. I can't get enough.
It's probably one of the coolest YA fantasy worlds that I've had the pleasure of reading.
Fortunately we do get to see more of it in Siege & Storm.

The story is just so complete.
You know how some books sacrifice character development for action or vice versa.
This isn't one of those books.
There is plenty of action and adventure, suspense and excitement.
But everything in between is just as enthralling.
You will be captivated by these characters and their trials.

Alina suffers a pretty serious internal battle. She is unsure of who she is or what she wants.
Her power is consuming her.
The Darkling isn't around that much in this sequel but his presence is still felt.
And he is darker and more dangerous than ever.
Mal gets a lot of attention, but not exactly to his favor.
Alina and Mal have to reevaluate what they mean to each other.
Sturmhond, our newest recruit, really stole the show (and my heart).
He was handsome, capable, charming, and commanding.
He was both unpredictable and entertaining.
But he is mine, ladies. Don't fight me on this one or things will get ugly. ;)

I'm scared of elaborating on events for those of you who haven't read it.
I don't want to spoil any of the feels for you.
So trust me when I say that Leigh Bardugo delivers in a big way. Again.
The beginning left me breathless
The middle left me restless
The ending left me speechless.

This was one hell of a ride.
 That is me giving Leigh Bardugo a high five... if we were both men.



  1. I am yet to start this series and I so badly want to! This really looks like a great fantasy read. Love your review and I'm glad you enjoyed Siege And Storm just as much as Shadow And Bone. :)

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

    1. IT SO IS! I hope you love it (I can't see how anyone wouldn't) :D

  2. "The beginning left me breathless.
    The middle left me restless.
    The ending left me speechless." --- That is honestly the perfect way to put it. I was simply amazed and astounded by Siege and Storm. I absolutely adore Leigh Bardugo's world building, her characters who continue to grow more and more, and the entire plot. This series will always be a favorite of mine! :)

    1. SAME :D This series just stands out in every way. Leigh Bardugo is going on my auto-buy list. I can't wait to see what else she comes up with after this series. She's so talented.

  3. "That is me giving Leigh Bardugo a high five... if we were both men."

    BAHAHAHAHAHA, that is awesome.

  4. The way you wrote your review is BRILLIANT. I adore it! Also, I feel exactly the same way. Siege & Storm was AMAZING. I particularly adore Sturmhond ;)

    1. Aww thanks :D :D And MMM HMM Sturmhond, LOVE!

  5. Haha! I liked this review! The way you wrote this was different and unique! I still haven't read Shadow and Bone (I know, I know you can shun me now), but by the sound of this review Seige and Storm sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it!(:

    1. haha YOU ARE TEMPORARILY SHUNNED UNTIL YOU START THIS SERIES ;). Not really, but I do hope you love it when you get to it!

  6. NEED NEED NEED. That's the only word I can think about when I see this book. I hope to buy it next month, when I have some money again :p

    1. haha I hear ya! I am trying to make a budget for books (it's not going so well). I can't wait until you read it tho so we can fangirl together :D


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