Saturday, September 28, 2013

Audio Review: Siege and Storm

Title: Siege and Storm
AuthorLeigh Bardugo
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Rating5 Cows
Goodreads Description:

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.

This book put me in an odd predicament. I found myself wanting to kick myself for not starting this series sooner and upon finishing it I was kicking myself for not waiting to read the entire series later once book three is out. I find that I love reading books in a series back to back yet these days I rarely have the self control to wait three or more years for a series to be complete. I mean I have to see the what all the buzz is about! 

SHADOW AND BONE recieved 5 cows from me but somehow SIEGE AND STORM was even better! Unfortunately, my ratings only go to 5 cows so you'll just have to take my word for it that Bardugo outdoes herself in this book. 

First, let's get the negative out of the way (there really isn't much!). Both Alina and Mal got on my nerves in this book. There was too much miscommunication (or complete lack of communication) between the two. It's obvious they both still care deeply about one another but it's almost like they just decide to put it aside. I guess a looming war will do that to you. 

Still, I liked seeing Alina gain power in this book. I love seeing women gain power in books and become capable of taking care of theirselves. Alina is definitely on her way there. And while it's a little disheartening that Mal is a little afraid of Alina's new power, it is somewhat understandable. Men in general are use to being the stronger ones so I'm sure it's awkward for Mal to not be able to take care of Alina and instead have Alina trying to take care of him. (However, Mal proves that he can take care of himself.) 

SIEGE AND STORM has even more action than it's predecessor. There's more fighting, more bloodshed, and more danger. I loved Sturmhond! He quickly became one of my favorite characters. He does maybe, sort of, kinda become a love interest for Alina and while I may not want her to end up with him I do want him to get a happy ending.

In my review for SHADOW AND BONE I wanted to say something but didn't because I wanted to check my review spoiler free. Hopefully, anyone reading this has read book one (if not stop here) so I'm going to say it now. I'm really wanting The Darkling to be redeemed. In this book he gets even further from redemption


1 comment:

  1. Oh, I'm glad the audio for this was good! I really SAVORED this one and took a long time to read it. It was just too good to speed through!!
    I agree... Alina and Mal kind of got on my nerves BUT there was a sort of sense of realism with that... Like, they're so mad at each other but hey, sometimes that's how it goes!
    Awesome review and I loved reading your enthusiasm!!


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