Siege and Storm
by Leigh Bardugo
“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.“ -Goodreads
After finishing Shadow and Bone, I immediately requested the sequels, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, from my library (, and added all three books to my wish list from Barnes and Noble). Once again the author brings us into an interesting world where there is a battle of good versus evil and light versus dark. The entire book from start to finish is filled with tense moments, I kept hoping for a moment of reprieve, but unfortunately there weren’t any. Unfortunately with this novel I was able to walk away from it at time because it was a tension overload for me.
As for our characters, Alina Starkov, the heroine of the tale started to irritate me a bit. She is filled to the brim with self-doubt, yet she wants to lead. She has a constant inner battle over having too much power. There is also that thing about the Darkling being able to creep into her life. I felt the best aspect of this entire novel was the introduction of Sturmhond. He is perfect. While he may not seem it when he is first introduced, Sturmhond has an interesting personality. He has the ability to morph his persona depending on his situation, he is extremely confident in himself, and he is not afraid to take risks. He seems to thrive when taking risks. He makes a nice contrast to Alina. (I’m secretly hoping she’ll eventually drop Mal and his negative attitude and instead turn to Sturmhond.)
While Siege and Storm begins only a few weeks after Shadow and Bone ends, the Darkling has managed to evolve his abilities. He manages to create some of the creepiest creatures I’ve ever read, or seen on Supernatural, the nichevo’ya. Essentially these creatures are an abomination of strong black magic emanating from the Darkling himself, something that has not been seen in this world in a very long time.
Overall, because of the immense tension and self-doubt, this novel was rated at 4.5 stars. Sturmhond saved the rating from me because of his interesting personality.
What do you think of Siege and Storm?
Featured image is the map from the book Siege and Storm.