Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo
Jan 31, 2022

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo is the second book in the Shadow and Bone series. It’s a young adult/fantasy novel that was recently made into a Netflix show. The reader continues to follow Alina Starkov, a powerful summoner of light as she tries to evade the Darkling. The Darkling, a nearly immortal summoner of shadows, wants to use her to aid in his goal of ruling their country, Ravka. Alina desperately avoids him and his army of shadow-creatures, while trying to build up a force of her own and find a legendary amplifier of magic. She’d also like to maintain her relationship with her childhood friend, Mal - but the Darkling and even the ruler of Ravka have other things in mind.

To be completely honest, I did not like this book that much. The only reason I read it was because I enjoyed the Netflix series. It was much better than the first book though, with higher stakes and a more interesting plot. I found the magic system and story to be the most interesting part of the book, but I was disappointed by some of the characters and their development. Mal becomes sullen and jealous and Alina becomes sort of morally gray but not completely, and I would have preferred the author to have chosen a more interesting arc for Mal and allowed Alina to completely become an antihero. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed other books by the author or likes similar books in the genre. However, I give it two stars.

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