After I finished the first book of Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone (See the Review), I was eager enough to start reading the second book of the installment – Siege and Storm. Since my expectations were high, the book did deliver as well as it didn’t.
After Alina manages to escape from Darkling, she and Mal try to live on the edge of the world, hidden and anonymous. Just as they get use to the life of runaways, Darkling manages to find and capture them. Soon enough, Alina finds out why she is captured. Darkling wishes to get her second amplifier while every Grisha is allowed to have only one. After many battles and one major treason, Alina and Mal manage to escape from Darkling. Nut now, they are stuck with pirates and with their mysterious captain.
The world Alina discovers in the second book is wildly diverse. She and her companions travel a lot. They get in many misfortunes, which allow them to meet new and intriguing characters, one of them being my favorite – Nikolai, the young prince (aka the mysterious captain). While the whole Grisha world is in panic, Alina has to put her foot forward and unite them all.
Alina’s character is nicely written. She is questioning everything around her and I have read many reviews which hold that against her. Only, isn’t it logical that she is extremely careful, considering that the future of the land lies upon her hands? I think it is. I adore that about her, the perceptiveness. Also, Mal changes a lot in this book. He goes from a good guy to the somewhat-bad-tortured guy when he realizes just how powerful Alina is now. Prince Nikolai? Let’s just say – the manifestation of charm.
Bardugo’s writing is terribly improved in this book. The tension keeps on rising and you will be turning those pages – one after the other.
However, I do feel like some important scenes were too rushed, too short and undeveloped. I also suspect that is the case because of the third book in series. I liked how the character of Mal developed, it was unexpected but really logical once you think about it. Then again, while the author leaves traces of possible romance between Nikolai and Alina, I would say that did seem a bit unnatural and way too forced.
When you sum up everything, the Siege and Storm had a lot more adventures, action and even some brutal scenes, while preserving Alina’s introspective narrator. The book may not blown me away, but it sure did keep me turning those pages. Looking forward to reviewing the last book – Ruin and Rising!
Have you read the Grisha trilogy yet?