***Please note that this is the second book of the Grisha trilogy and may contain spoilers for the first, Shadow and Bone***
“The boy and the girl had once dreamed of ships, long ago, before they’d ever seen the True Sea. They were the vessels of stories, magic ships with masts hewn from sweet cedar and sails spun by maidens from thread of pure gold. Their crews were white mice who sung songs and scrubbed the decks with heir pink tails.
The Verrhader was not a magic ship.”
Alina and Mal were on the run. Hiding in a bed bug ridden lodging house in the back streets of Cofton they thought the would be safe from The Darkling, however Alina is getting more and more weak and they cannot leave until they make some more money. That is when The Darkling catches up to them, forces them back on to a boat and back to the land they were running from, the land The Darkling wants to rule, by using Alina’s powers. Mal wants to protect the woman he loves but he has nothing against The Darkling and must trust Alina to make the right decision, but when the choice is between your country, you power or the man you love its not as simple as just giving one answer and she must do it soon before the oncoming storm over powers everything.
What an incredible second book in the series, and its not often you can say that! Siege and Storm adds to the fantastical qualities of Shadow and Bone with even more darkness and heavy choices than before and it was just incredible.
I really struggled getting into the book at first and I think it was because there isn’t that many reminders about what had happen previously. Its bee over a year since I read Shadow and Bone, then published as The Gathering Dark, and I couldn’t remember everything. Things did quickly come back to me though and because of this it wasn’t long before I really got into the book. The story was brilliant and followed on really well from the first. I really loved the addition of Stormhond’s story and his part in Alina and Mal’s story and I really liked him as a character.
The fantasy is epic, and by this I mean there are parts of it that went over my head. I love a good fantasy but the whole Grisha trilogy is high fantasy which I sometimes struggle with. Some of the characters go by a number of different names and there are a lot of weird and wonderful characters in the book. This meant that I sometimes had to stop and think about the characters and where I knew them from. The Grisha themselves have different classes too which take some getting used to as they can be described as a number of different types of Grisha even though they are just one of that ladder of Grisha… Which isn’’t confusing at all, honest!
I still loved this book though the imagery is fantastic and I was away on the ships and wandering through Ravka with Alina and Mal, I was on the receiving end of his kisses and his annoyances. I felt the sun warm the pages whenever Alina summoned and I felt the fear when The Darkling was around. There is nothing I don’t love about the world in which the Grisha trilogy is set and I cannot wait until next year to see how this series is going to conclude.
Parts of the story were terrifying yet I loved them just as much, if not more, than the others. I really loved how much I connected to the characters and this book. There were things that happened which I thought I could only hope for and my gosh, it left off at such a climatic part of the overall story I thought I was going to cry. I am now wishing the year away.
Siege and Storm was published on June 6th by Indigo. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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