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.
I stand by the statement I made in my review of Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo is some sort of mad genius. I say this because in the first book she gave us the Darkling, an oddly mysterious and magnetic character that somehow like Alina we were obsessed with from page one. Then comes Siege and Storm and with the sequel comes an array of new characters, one of those new characters is a pirate, sorry privateer, Sturmhond. Who sealed his fate in my heart from the first sarcastic quip.
My only complaint is concerning plot development, as with Shadow and Bone I felt Siege and Storm lacked development in the areas I wanted to know more about. I wanted to spend a few chapters sailing the seas with Sturmhond and his crew searching for the Sea Whip, but sadly that adventure ended quicker than the hunt for Morozova’s stag.
However my complaints concerning the plot development are left in the dust when I think about the characters Leigh Bardugo creates, they are either so irresistibly likable or I’m an easy mark for enchanting villains and charismatic pirates. Definitely the second option, who isn’t a sucker for charismatic pirates?
I am so glad my friend Cherry (_forevermint) and I started this buddy read! If we hadn’t this trilogy would have sat collecting dust on my TBR for months.. maybe years. Very excited to delve back into the world of the Grisha when we read Ruin and Rising next month!
Disclaimer: The synopsis above was provided by GoodReads.