Siege and Storm

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‘A well-written book from Leigh Bardugo.’


In Siege and Storm, we follow Alina, just like in Shadow & Bone. She fled with Mal to escape the Darkling. They try to start a new life in another country. Alina must hide her identity in order to not to be found by the Darkling. With the help of an unknown freebooter, they manage to return to Ravka. Alina is determined to do everything she can to fight her enemy. But after using her powerful powers, Alina falls further into the Darkling’s dangerous game. She has to make a difficult choice: Alina has to choose between her country, her power, or the man she loves – there is a lot at stake.



Siege and Storm is the second part of the Grisha Verse. I thought that the first part, Shadow and Bone, was a well-written book and I couldn’t wait to read more. I had very high expectations for the second book. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with the second part.

It took me a while to fully dive into this book. In the first part, I was immediately absorbed into the world of Alina, but now it almost took me 100 pages to get to that same feeling. Luckily, I was completely sucked into the story afterward, due to the great writing style of Leigh Bardugo.

What struck me in this book was that Alina’s character has become much stronger. In this part, Alina knows what she’s able to achieve and is even more capable of fighting for the things that are important to her. In this part, you will also be introduced to new characters, which I fell in love with immediately. I would love to learn more about them. In this part, you still follow Alina and Mal their love story. They both develop in Siege and Storm in a logical, but interesting way.

I would like to see even more of the magical world in the next book. I sometimes find this huge part of the story a bit undeveloped. However, I really liked the fact that the characters can now combine their powers.


A good second part with loads of new and interesting characters. I would like to learn a bit more about the new characters and I would also enjoy to see a little more of the magical world. After you are absorbed into this story, you can no longer put the book away. I can’t wait to read the last part of the series. I’m even more impatient about the series hitting Netflix on April 23.

Product information
Written by: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 435
Publisher: Henry Holt & co.
ISBN: 9780805094602
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