Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Review

“The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.”
― Leigh BardugoSiege and Storm


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. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. 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.


Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, this is indeed a Siege and Storm book review. I promised I would get it up today and I’m finally delivering.

I completed the second book in the Grisha trilogy about a week ago. I started writing a review immediately after I finished, but later decided I needed to take a step back and let myself calm down.

I want to start with the ending. With Shadow and Bone I was really satisfied with the ending. If it had been a standalone I would have been ok with what I was given. Siege and Storm ends a bit differently. It leaves the reader on a hell of a cliffhanger and boy is it a good one. As I read the last page it took everything in my power not to snatch Ruin and Rising off my shelf and begin reading.

It still needs to be said that I totally ship Alina and the Darkling and I was a bit disappointed that there was significantly less of him. To add to my disappointment, I got a lot of Mal that I didn’t really care about.

Honestly, this was a good sequel and I loved the ending, but I think I prefer Shadow and Bone simply because the story feels faster.

It does need to be said though that Tolya and Tamar were two of my favorite characters. I loved the dynamic the two had and the mystery that continued to surround the twins. Even more so, I absolutely adored Nikolai. If I wasn’t hoping the Darkling and Alina to be end game than it would most definitely be Alina and Nikolai. Not. Mal.

Overall, I think Bardugo did an impressive job with this book, however, it’s not my favorite from her. I think the story just lacked a little for me. Lacking from Bardugo doesn’t mean much though as I still gave Siege and Storm 4/5 stars.

What do you think? How did you feel Siege and Storm compared to Shadow and Bone?

2 thoughts on “Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Review

  1. I liked Shadow and Bone, but I wasn’t that invested in the series after book two, and I never read the third book. So I was really reluctant about reading Six of Crows but WOW. Bardugo massively improves there!


  2. Nikolai.. . I LOVE HIM and I actually ship him and Alina WAY more than her and Mal. Mal, mAL, MAL, just leave pls. I like them as friends, but not really as a couple? I see them more as siblings because they’ve grown up together and the romance doesn’t really seem natural?

    I agree, compared to the first book, it sort of lacked some of the PAZAAAZZ and just went a bit slower. BUT THE TWINS!! They were fabulous I love them!


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