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Enter the Grishaverse with Book Two of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.
Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.
The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.
But as the truth of Alina's destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.
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Praise for the Grishaverse
“A master of fantasy.” — The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” —The Guardian
“The best magic universe since Harry Potter.” —Bustle
“This is what fantasy is for.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” —NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” —USA Today
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” —Vanity Fair
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” —Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” —Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
“This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien.” —RT Book Reviews
Read all the books in the Grishaverse!
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising
The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
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Hunger Games Rip-off or “Girl Complaining All Day” diary?
This books premise was decent and the other book Six of Crows does such a good job building a story and a world that I was expecting that to be done here, given it’s opening. The next thing you know you’re in a terrible version of the Hunger Games book two as they run around on parade. The comparison continues with the prince suddenly having feelings for Alina and it just keeps getting worse as she “struggles” between Mal, the prince, and the darkling. Like can we have some originality here?
The book is boring and Alina is supposedly “changing” but she never really shows struggling outside of some misplaced angst that is frankly annoying after page 500 of her complaining and being overly moody. What could be a book filled with intrigue and details as she takes over the second army and delves into the workings of Os Alta and the mythology she is chasing, instead its glossed over for inner dialogue where she just complains. The book is nothing NOTHING like the Six of Crows and is cheap cannon fodder that falls in line with tortured love triangle girl with destiny trope. She does women a disservice by being cowardly instead of stepping up and being more multi-faceted and frankly I can’t believe it can get any worse. What a let down.
I really enjoyed it!!
Review originally posted on Reading Books Like a Boss
Siege and Storm is a solid second book in the Grisha trilogy that I really enjoyed! At the end of Shadow and Bone , the Darkling was a bad, bad boy. Like really freaking bad. His failed attempts to bend Alina to his will results in him killing an entire village of people. Yikes! Is it wrong of me to say that I still love him a lot little bit after that horrid display of power? Mal and Alina escape his grips and find refuge in a small town across the Fold.
What I have enjoyed so much about the first two books in the series is the amount of action right from the beginning. Bardugo gives readers a little introduction and then BOOM something huge happens and you don't want to put the book down. In Shadow and Bone, it was the discovery of Alina's power. In Siege and Storm, it is the Darkling's sudden appearance at Mal and Alina's boarding house.
And just as the Darkling leaves the scene again, a new favorite character emerges. His name is Sturmhond and he is the best. He's the privateer with a sense of humor. He's the guy who commands an entire ship of people with charm and a strong hand. There is so much I want to say about him but I don't want to give too much away. I loved how he lit up a scene. Most of all, I loved how Alina didn't put up with his crap. Their interactions were really funny!
"You can't be serious," I said.
"Not on a regular basis, no," said Sturmhond.
In Shadow and Bone, Alina didn't have the luxury to come to terms with the enormity of her power. In this book, she's even more powerful with not one but two amplifiers. Even with this new power, she still didn't feel like she fit in.
"Even dressed in a glittering kefta and seated beside a price, I was still a peasant from a no-name town. I didn't belong with these people, and I didn't really want to."
The relationship between Mal and Alina changes in this one but I felt like it was a very natural progression, considering all of the outside forces at work. With Alina coming into a new role in this book, Mal's lack of a Grisha ability is ever so present. They drift apart, which made me really sad. What I love about their relationship is that it has roots. Mal has loved her since they were little and Alina always say him as the unattainable guy. He fought for her in Shadow and Bone, which is totally hot, right?
I have to say that I was a little disappointed in just how absent the Darkling was. I loved him in Shadow and Bone. He is probably one of the most enigmatic villains I've ever read. Something about him just draws you to him. He was gone for a large majority of the book, which left me feeling a bit frustrated.
This novel had action in the beginning and crazy action in the end but the middle of the book was a bit slow in parts. There was a lot of focus on Alina's new role at the Little Palace, her relationships. I really liked her new friendship with Sturmhond and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book what with Sturmhond, Mal, and the Darkling all coming together. I think it's going to be insane.