Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy Series #2)

Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy Series #2)

by Leigh Bardugo
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Siege and Storm 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had a great mix of love, adventure, humor, friendship, grief, and had many baffling realizations along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!! I am truely in love with this series. It's well written and deserves so much more than 5 stars!!!
V_LynnTX More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story!!! It's not often that a sequel is better than the first in a series, but this one was! This was definitely a page-turner, fast-paced with a lot of edge-of-your-seat action and adventure. Alina is such a little fireball, fighter of the dark and powerful forces, braver and stronger than she thinks she is. Mal, her best friend, the one who loves her, guards and protects her with all he can. And Nikolai, pirate or privateer .... I put it together before the story revealed his true identity, but he is quite the surprising twist of a character! Love him! This series was quite the surprise for me - well done Leigh Bardugo!! I. Am. A. Fan!!! 5*****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing series. Perfectly crafted, authentic characters. A villain who is both morally gray and completely compelling- you'll find yourself wondering who's side your on. The plot and the world Bardugo created are original and intriguing. READ THIS if you want to get swept away in a fantastical world full of rich and endearing characters.  "The Darkling slumped back in his chair. 'Fine,' he said with a weary shrug. 'Make me your villain.'"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly love this series. I read it 3 times already. More action, more drama, more Alina and Mal. Huge fan of them two. At the end of it all he has risk his life for her time and time again. Loves her truly. The Darkling and Nickolai/Sturmhound to me love what Alina can do for them, whether its power or status. Its not genuine. Mal will always love Alina- quote You are my flag, you are my nation.
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TheKnightsWhoSayBook 5 months ago
There was a lot of relationship drama in this book and I'm just not a fan of all the romance angst.But this book also brought the plot into another direction that I think I'm going to continue to enjoy in the third book! Lots of potential. I'm very excited by the idea of Alina having to struggle against being turned into a saint. However, I feel that some things weren't fleshed out quite as much as they could have been. Some scenes that should have had a high emotional impact didn't have enough weight. I did love how the characters from the first book come back in this one. I think this series is very good at drawing everything tightly together and making it very cohesive — it's not a series where characters from the beginning just drop off the face of the earth, and showing the development of background characters adds more depth to the book. I didn't love the new character Nikolai as much as I wanted to, but he is very funny and added a lot of tension to the book. Leigh Bardugo's writing also makes this book very easy to read! I flew right through this series. A few problematic aspects in this series that threw me off, like Alina and Mal dressing as Suli fortune tellers and mimicking their accents in what is acknowledged even in the book as a pretty offensive imitation. Unnecessary.
Sensitivemuse 11 months ago
***Spoilers ahead, you have been warned*** You’d have to read Shadow and Bone to read and understand Siege and Storm. Otherwise you’d be pretty lost as events follow up right after the first book. The first half of the book was at a great pace and filled with lots of action, bombs, explosions, fighting, magic, all sorts of goodness you would expect for the second book to follow up for an excellent start in the first. It slows down in the second half of the book where preparations for encountering The Darkling are made and you have this whole drama with Alina and Mal going on; Okay I was wrong about The Darkling. I was torn apart when he ended up being jackalope of the year and I was holding a banner of love for Alina and Mal. Then Nikolai steps in. Handsome, charismatic, swashbuckling, people sway to his beat Nikolai. I loved reading about him whenever he came into the picture. It’s like when your school crush comes into the classroom and you realize you’re going to share a table with him. That kind of giddiness is what Nikolai brings to the book. I saw the chemistry with Alina and Mal in the first one, and it just falls apart here in Siege and Storm - understandably so as the dynamics have changed a lot and Alina has climbed up in the ladder of importance and Mal has suddenly fallen off the grid and is just considered a lowly guard of Alina the Sun Summoner. Which is pretty good right? You’re near the person you love and care about, you’re standing guard and you’re close by. No. Can’t be that easy right? First Nikolai steps into the picture and is suddenly looking like a much better prospect and the drama with Alina looking for the Firebird to amplify her powers even more - the point where she becomes obsessed with it changes her personality and makes her more darker, assertive, and she’s not the girl we all once knew in the first book. I really love this personality change in her. There’s a slight whiny voice to it but she really steps up and grows exponentially as a character. So I can see the romance aspect of the book falling apart, but at the same time you ask yourself is it really necessary? I can see the attempt at a love triangle with Mal and Nikolai with Alina in the middle but from what I see, she gets along fine with both of them, but does she really need one or the other as a love interest? I don’t see the chemistry there with either of them. Sure, Alina still cares a lot for Mal but everything’s changed and it just seems like she doesn’t need romance..not yet anyway. Instead, the attempt at the romance is seen as two whiny people who can’t get their own way and they take it out on each other by indulging themselves on the road to self destruction. Again, that’s a very human trait and good on portraying that. The whininess though, I could do without. It caused unnecessary drama in the book, and endless of pages in the second half where the plot doesn’t seem to be moving forward or anywhere. It feels like an unnecessary filler. The last third of the novel though did pick up the pace (did not make up for the whiny drama though) and provided a lot of the explosions and action you had in the first half. Not really featuring a cliffhanger ending, but it’s making me look forward to what I have to see in the third and final book of this series. PS: My heart bled for Genya.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me in an emotional mess. Part of me still yearns for the Darkling to be saved, even after everything horrible he does
KittyTheVicariousBookworm More than 1 year ago
Siege and Storm picks up a small a few months after where Shadow and Bone left off. As I've come to expect from Leigh Bardugo, the world building in Siege and Storm is brilliant. This book expands upon the existing world building from the previous novel to deepen the immersive nature of the series. The characters that carried over from Shadow and Bone also continued to grow and develop throughout this book and it was great seeing how the different situations and decisions affected them. The characters that were added to the story gave everything in the novel another layer as they developed with the storyline. I had a lot of trouble putting this book down, which lead to not getting to sleep until around 3am. This is especially important because it means this book did not fall into the common "second book" dullness we often see in a series. The sarcastic and dark humor used through most of the story is the perfect contrast to the horrible things that happen. I love how at the end, while there's a small sense of closure, it's obvious the story will continue. I can not wait to read the final book in this beautiful and exciting trilogy. For this review and more, please visit my blog at
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Bardugo does a great job upping the stakes in book 2. I especially loved seeing Alina's internal monologues questioning her use of her own power and the darker turns it sometimes took.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo is the second book in the Grisha Trilogy. Mal and Alina escape from the Darkling and are trying to earn enough money to travel to a place where no one has heard of the Grisha. Before they can move on, the Darkling finds them again. The White Stag captured in the first book was only the first of the amplifiers the Darkling wants. He is now after the Sea Whip. The crew is overthrown by a privateer who rescues Mal and Alina from the Darkling, just as the Sea Whip is captured and killed. Alina now has a second amplifier and reads a story about a third one, the Firebird. The privateer, Sturmhond, has many tricks and secrets up his sleeve. While Alina is put in charge of the Second Army with Mal as the Captain of the Guard, the kingdom is searching for the Darkling and preparing for war. Alina learns that the amplifiers were not discovered, but created, which makes their safety more questionable and makes them even more of a mystery. Lives are lost and some are forever changed in the battle with the Darkling. Once again, Leigh Bardugo has entered the Grisha's world with magnificent writing and dynamic characters- 5 stars!
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: Honestly it was a relatively quick read when I wasn’t busy and I’d say the best part of this book was the beginning with Sturmhond (this guy is great and the beginning doesn’t hesitate to pick up where it left off in book 1). But then everything else was…I’m not sure, it was far from empty filler but it wasn’t as spiced and flavorful as the first book either. Anyhoo, SIEGE AND STORM was entertaining and flew me along to the end where I admit I’m anxiously waiting to read the (hopefully) epic and non-ridiculous trilogy conclusion. Stay tuned… Read my FULL review here:
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
Golden Sunbursts My favorite part of this one is the character of Sturmhond. He is a privateer that comes out of nowhere and it's hard to see where he stands. He's mischievous, full of swagger, and surrounded by powerfully loyal friends. I loved his entry into the story and all the twists and turns that he brought with him. I loved his personality and his quick wit. I also appreciated the two characters of Tolya and Tamar that worked alongside Sturmhond. They are twins, incredibly loyal, and a pair that you definitely want on your side. Alina and Mal in the beginning of Siege and Storm are on the run. It's actually quite entertaining to see them on the run though you'd expect that to be the boring part. I liked their characters a lot better in the beginning. I continue to appreciate all the side characters and how every single character in the series has both good and bad in them. This makes them far more realistic and also harder to tell who deserves to be rooted for. Martyrdom This book suffered from 2nd book syndrome in my opinion though I'm sure others will disagree with me. It became all angsty instead of revving up the action. As far as I'm concerned the beginning was good and the ending was good (though it's a cliff hanger), the rest was quite tame and boring. Our heroine who has so much incredible power barely even uses it, instead gets captured time and again. She also embraces her own death at one point which incredibly infuriated me. I fail to see how her death would've helped at all. The romance was horribly disappointing. Proposals Everywhere The romance in this one is terrible. Just figure out what you want! I don't even give a crap who it is with, just that all this angst and wanting with no resolution finally go somewhere. Into the Unsea The side characters are fantastic. The world building and powers included are quite fascinating. However, the action lowered and parts of this read were just lackluster. The angst was on high and everything else was on low. I will read the next book as I'm quite enthralled by the characters and have to know now how all this ends, but this one was not as good as the first.
sheltisebastian More than 1 year ago
Amazing! She is the queen!
ekehlet More than 1 year ago
This continuation of the story started in Shadow and Bone has Alina running from the Darkling, the Apparat, and at times even trying to run from her own power and the person she is becoming. I thought the author did a good job keeping the dynamics between the characters from getting stale while still keeping them believable. Whenever there is a romance (especially, it seems, in YA), there has to be some type of conflict to keep it interesting if it is going to span a series. Here there is conflict both within Alina’s inner circle and from without, which keeps it interesting and keeps the story flying along at a fast pace. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
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vleighwrites More than 1 year ago
5/5 stars
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