Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – A Spoiler Free Book Review

“Watch yourself, Nikolai,” Mal said softly. “Princes bleed just like other men.”
Nikolai plucked an invisible piece of dust from his sleeve. “Yes,” he said. “They just do it in better clothes.”
Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
4/5 Stars


I know it’s about time that I wrote a review. Life has been crazy. But, I’ve managed to read a book that I’ve had on my TBR for a very long time, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I am a huge fan of Bardugo’s writing.  This is the second book in the Grisha trilogy. I wrote a review for Shadow and Bone, the first book in the series, a few of months ago.

I have to start out by saying that I have an immense love for the Grisha world. Leigh Bardugo has created an incredible world. That being said sequels in trilogies can disappoint when compared to the first book in the series. This was not the case for Siege and Storm.

In this book we were able to see a lot more character development and an intricate plot. Bardugo did an amazing job of creating the Grisha world in the first book in the series. Therefore, there was a lot more room for the characters to breathe and grow in this book.

Shadow and Bone gave me everything I loved from the first book: amazing characters, an intricate world, and an intriguing magic system. All the while, Bardugo was still able to completely deviate from the expected path. Through this book I couldn’t predict what the ultimate outcome would be. This book went in a totally different direction than I expected it to go. That made me like this book even more. I enjoy when I can be surprised by the plot in a novel.

So, I’m going to be honest and say I was a bit worried about this book because I knew the Darkling wouldn’t be as prevalent in this book. However, our fave villain still makes some appearances. Also, we are introduced to new characters that are a lot of fun. I mean, I have to just say that I love privateers. 😉

All in all this book was a ton of fun to read. Now that I’ve finished this book I can’t wait to read the third and final book of the series. Also, since reading the books in this series I think I may have to reread the Six of Crows series again.


Have you read this series? What did you think?


4 thoughts on “Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – A Spoiler Free Book Review

  1. I agree , i absolutely loved this book , but the absence of The Darkling was a disappointment ( he’s the main reason i love this story ) , but things definitely get better in the last book , we get to see more of him.
    If you love him , i recommend “The demon in the woods” , it’s a novella/short story about The Darkling as a child , i ADORED it

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  2. I love this trilogy so much! Siege and Storm definitely does not suffer from the second book syndrome, it is as fantastic as the first one. You will definitely enjoy Ruin and Rising as well!

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  3. I just read this book and I had the same concern about the Darkling. He’s my favorite character in the series so I was afraid he’d just appear at the end but the book was awesome, and the new characters are really nice, so it was great! Can’t wait for book 3! 😀

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  4. I found this book so much better than the first one, I think because we really saw Alina developing as a character. I never really understood the appeal of the Darkling so I wasn’t too fussed about his absence. He is the best villain though and I wonder what you’ll think of the third book.

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