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, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But 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.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publishing Date: June 4th, 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
“What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.”
The sequel of a good book has to meet so many expectations and I heard from a lot of people that it isn’t good. I am in that phase where I am not finding enough time to read, still, it took me 2 whole weeks to read this book. It wasn’t bad, but the pace was a bit problematic for me, I already reading slowly then this book was slowly building the world, introducing new characters, at many places I felt that it is dragged, which wouldn’t be a problem for me, If I wasn’t on a tough schedule.
“Do you answer a question directly?”
“Hard to say. Ah, there, I’ve done it again”
The best part of this book is Nikolai, he is a fresh breeze, where all the characters were swimming in their guilt and past. I can read his conversations again and again and won’t get bored. Alina is turning in typical YA Fantasy MC, who just can’t get of themselves or it is the 1st POV which makes them look like smug or showoff. But on the positive side, I am happy that Bardugo didn’t turn her into something overnight who can destroy any villain with her power, It is the second book still she needs help from others, which is kind of relief to read.
“The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.”
And Yayyy, I am still rooting for Mal and Alina, Alina is kind of a bitch and I feel for Mal, but still. I was neutral for Darkling but in this book I found him CREEPY, I don’t want to like him *Please Bardugo, don’t make me*.