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Siege and Storm

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Series: Grisha, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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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.

©2013 Leigh Bardugo (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Another great book in the Grishaverse

The second book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy starts by Alina and Mal being captured by the Darkling. He forces them to track down the Sea Whip, the magical creature required for the next amplifier. Just as all seems lost, the pair are rescued by a charming – and possibly mad – pirate, Captain Sturmhond. He has been tasked with bringing the Sun Summoner to his mysterious employer. And to their horror, and admittedly slight delight, Mal and Alina are brought back to Ravka and all its dangers.

Though Alina longs to be with Mal, just the two of them, but she can’t abandon her people. Now determined to stand against the Darkling, who has developed a dangerous new power, Alina must learn the extent of her own power if she hopes to stop him.

The characters were entertaining, and I was intrigued to see what happened to Genya and David. We were treated to two new, brilliant characters; Tolya and Tamar. The brother and sister quickly became two of my favourites and were real badasses, easily worth a dozen men in battle. Sturmhond was incredibly entertaining, I loved his snarky comments and quips and his blasé attitude, he’s the kind of man who would see a fatal gunshot as merely an annoyance.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Now the most powerful Grisha in the Second Army, Alina becomes the commander. It was good to see her in a real leadership role, and she flourishes with the responsibility. I enjoyed seeing her amongst the characters from the first book, my favourite being David. Not only does she now command the Second Army, but Alina must deal with the increasing Saint Alina/ Sun Cult following.

But with the new responsibilities, Alina draws away from Mal, which was so sad to see. They are so obviously destined to be together, despite all the complications. Even without him there, the Darkling lingers in Alina’s thoughts. She may hate him and the terrible things he does, but she is still drawn to him, he is the only person in the entire world who can understand her and the weight of her powers. This was one love triangle I actually enjoyed since there were actual reasons for her to be drawn to the bad boy (since they are the only two of their kind in the world) even though she loves someone else. Still, I longed for Alina and Mal to overcome it all and be together.

A third party appears, and it was intriguing to see whether they’d be an aid or a hindrance to Alina and her friends.

I loved this book and its magic system. It had some brilliant twists and turns and a great cliff hanger. I give it 5/5 and am dying to find out what happens in the final instalment of Shadow and Bone trilogy.

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Yawn..

I love the way Leigh descibes details on either character or scenery BUT I found this book hard to get through. It dragged. It only got interesting in the last 40mins or so...

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Amazing Audible

If you’re struggling to get through this book or want to enjoy this series a lot more I recommend the audible. The performance is amazing and emphasises Leigh’s amazing writing style. Without the audible the story itself is quite bland and worse then the original book- except for the amazing new characters.

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Truely amazing!

This book transported me in the grisha world. I’ve read all the 3 books in 3 days. This is a must read!

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  • Quentin
  • 17-06-2016

Aggravating

I spent most of the time yelling at the main characters for being irrational brats. Even the villain made more sense. Mal yelled at everyone for no reason, I think he needed a hug. This book was thoroughly disappointing. The main characters where completely unlikable.

The villain is one of the most likable characters in the series...I was actively rooting for him.

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  • Joki
  • 07-12-2013

Kinda of Falls For the Sophomore Curse

I'm going to admit to a huge ambivalence about this second book in the Grisha series. On the one hand, I am still loving the world and the magic concepts. But then when it comes to the characters and the action sequences, I'm either bored or baffled. Seems like there would be an amazing story here with different people.

In Siege and Storm, Alina and Mal are trying to remain hidden from the Darkling. But double crosses (from both the Darkling and his allies) will force Alina and Mal back to the heart of Ravka. With a new (and interesting) ally, facing the Darkling in the open rather than in hiding may be their only option.

Book two suffers from a couple of sophomore symptoms: 'manufactured' conflict between the two romantic leads, emasculation of the male love interest, a dead dull, bloated middle arc, and recycled storylines from the first book. It was the same themes over again (Darkling capturing Alina and threatening someone she cares about, Alina trusting and getting romantically involved with a stranger, a large section of nothing but Alina moping/learns new responsibilities, then big action at the end) that made for a frustrating book.

But at the same time, there was an attempt at character growth for both Alina and Mal, though one moved forward and the other backward. Yes, every girl in the story wants Mal and every guy in the story seems to want Alina. That gets old and seems to only be there to create jealousy and uncertainty in the Mal-Alina relationship. As such, it made it hard to get into either character. Mal was an elusive character at best in the previous book - now he's practically inscrutable in his insecurity.

The action scenes were also very problematic for me. It seems that none of the Grisha were able to use their powers for anything other than collecting water or making a breeze. Alina can only do a sickle strike with her powers. Even knowing that an army of smoke like creatures are coming, no one seems to bother to create any kind of defense or train to defend/attack those creatures. We get one crazy invention and that's it. I admittedly became really annoyed that all the Grisha and soldiers were so amazingly ineffectual. As well, the Darkling's new power is supposedly life sucking but he seems to be able to summon an entire army just fine, other than looking a bit tired. It just didn't ring true.

There are consequences for those who side with the Darkling. And a few surprises (with hints that Mal is more than he seems) with a trail leading back to the birthplace of Mal and Alina. I'm excited, despite my lukewarm response of this book, to see where Bardugo ends the Trilogy.

The narrator did a good job and felt right for the part of Alina.

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  • John Richardson
  • 24-09-2018

ok. unable to complete

I really likes the six of crows series, but I struggled through this and gave up halfway through. just didn't hold my attention enough

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  • Coloradofarmgirl
  • 13-07-2017

Not as good as I had hoped

Liked the first book, was hoping in the second that the main character would grow a spine. For someone who supposedly has a lot of power she let's people push her around. Love triangle is getting old.

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  • Anne Marie Keesler
  • 12-12-2018

too long

I feel like the middle of the book dragged way too much. It could have been shorter and still tell the information needed for the next book

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  • Katherine
  • 13-07-2013

Riveting! A Must Listen

There is no "middle book syndrome" here. This one was amazing! I loved the new characters, the action and all the plot twists and turns along the way. I don't want to give away any spoilers here, so I will just simply say this sequel was awesome! The narration was brilliant as well.
This is a must listen and totally worth the credit. Just be sure to read Shadow and Bone first (you won't be disappointed)

5 *huge* stars!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-05-2018

Annoying

Annoying characters. The narrator's S words were so sharp I couldn't listen with headphones. Overall, I'm just listening just to be done with it.

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  • Karen
  • 28-01-2017

I hate the main character

The book is fine, but the main character drove me up the wall. I spent too much time yelling at her to make up her mind, say something, use her power, stop being useless, etc. My husband was listening with me and quit half way through because he couldn't take it anymore.

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  • Melissa Bee
  • 23-09-2013

Just OK for me

I thought listening to this sequel would be fun. I liked the narrator but felt the story lagged a bit. There was a lot of building up to the impending battle-too much time spent on preparation. Alina's character was frustrating; she was self centered and withheld personal information that alienated her from those she loved. It had some surprises, but overall I felt like I just wanted to get to the end of the book.

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  • Anne-Kathrine
  • 20-11-2018

2,5

meh
if it wasnt an audiobook i prob. wouldnt have finished it...
not impressed
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  • Emma (Star Crossed Reviews)
  • 28-12-2018

Sturmhond

As soon as I finished Shadow and Bone I had to jump into Siege and Storm. Mal and Alina have been living a normal life for a while now but Alina is struggling. By not using her powers she is making herself weak and quite frankly unhappy. It's not long before The Darkling catches up to them and their life is thrown into chaos again.

I enjoyed this book so much. I cannot describe how much. This was due to one of my all-time favourite characters Sturmhond aka The Clever Fox. This character is blunt, honest and oh so witty.

Mal irritated me a lot in this book. He was selfish and very whingey. Alina is trying to save the world from The Darkling and he is complaining because she doesn't want a few kisses. He doesn't stop to notice that something is wrong he is so wrapped up in himself that he can't see that something is seriously wrong.

On the flip side, Alina kept everything to herself and never asked anyone for help which frustrated me immensely. Just ask for some god damn help woman!

This book is so much more than the first and it made my love for the series and the verse increase dramatically. (Yes most of that is down to Sturmhond)

The end of this book is pretty dramatic/cliffhanger like so I was so so glad I didn't need to wait for the final book in the series.

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  • Someone
  • 13-12-2013

Still as intriguing as the first book

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't really decide who is my favourite character in Siege and Storm. Alina is as sweet as ever but The Darkling is still so very fascinating. The more you know about him the more you wonder and also hope. And then there is new and very exciting pirate Stormhound. He is so very entertaining. So, I can't decide on favourite

What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I just love Lauren Fortgang's narration. She immediately draws you in. Also she is so easy to understand, which is important to everybody whose mother tongue is not English.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Though the story is quite captivating and moderately fast paced, I fast frustrated occasionally with Mal and Alina. Both seem to struggle overly much with each other and the situation and this felt a bit fabricated. Especially as this is the "middle" book and I felt as if some additional drama had to be produced. But there is plenty of actual drama already. Only a sleight thing but nevertheless.

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  • Miss A Sutton
  • 01-10-2018

Yawn

All she harps on about is boys, boys, boys. Does she like him? Should she? Etc. Nevermind that the world's is in peril and only she can save it or whatever. Alina is the most insipid and disappointing female main character that I've come across in quite a while. What a load of dross.

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  • cg
  • 15-05-2020

Could have been better

Half of the length of this book could have achieved the same effect. The narrator is too slow, I listened to it on 1.2 speed.

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  • M.P.
  • 02-04-2018

Couldn't finish

What would have made Siege and Storm better?

The story itself was fine, but I couldn't stomach the way the main character was written. Despite the fact that Alina is supposed to be saving the world, she spends all her time obsessing over the guy she's in love with. In the end I was so offended by this stereotypical character that I had to stop listening to the book.

What character would you cut from Siege and Storm?

Alina

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  • Kindling Micky
  • 27-11-2017

3.5 stars

My rating arises in part from having a 2 week break mid-book whilst on holiday and I then struggled to get back in the groove with this one. A lot went on with Seige and Storm and yet not at the same time. I enjoyed meeting Nikolai, I feel out of like with Mal and I moved to revile with the Darkling.

I am defintely carrying on with the series, but I'm going to have a little break before I continue. The narration continued to be great.

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  • R. Maines
  • 12-05-2016

Preparing for the endgame.

If you've enjoyed the first book then this second won't disappoint even if it does suffer from being the middle book in the series. You know all the plans will come to nought, as things are setup for the third book.

Narration was good and understandable at x2 playback speed.

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