Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company LLC
Alina Starkov and Mala are on the run from the Darkling who survived the attack in the Fold. They flee the country, but they are tracked and hunted down, the Darkling once again making them his captive. He uses them against each other, getting Mal to hunt another amplifier down, this one a sea dragon. Mal and Anika escape, but the sea dragon is dead, and another amplifier is added to Anika’s body. They return to their realm in hopes of helping establish peace, but are again trapped, hunted down, and targeted by the Darkling who kills hundreds in his path and then takes the throne with his dark and unliving army.
Siege and Storm is even more captivating and alluring than the first book of the series. The characters continue to develop and the plotlines thicken. More individuals are introduced to the storyline, adding to the colorful array of characters and cultures that are created through Grisha Verse. The plot is continuing to darken as the fight for their world heightens and more and more magic is exploited. The amount of violence, abuse, and intensity of scenes also grows. The series is becoming more and more like a haunting fairytale. The battles are brutal, the scars are horrendous, the accounts and reality of pains far beneath the flesh are exposed and the realities of a world torn asunder are captured. Overall, Siege and Storm is a fascinating and horribly compelling second book to Grisha Verse.
*Contains moderate violence.