Thursday, July 17, 2014
Siege and Storm
Alina and Mal are on the run and in hiding, following the events at the end of Shadow and Bone. They are hungry and dirty but happy to be free from the world of the Darkling. Of course this time of romantic bliss won't last long. The Darkling will stop at nothing to get Alina under his control. When he captures Alina and Mal, there seems to be little hope for survival.
Thus begins the continued search for power, and Alina will gain a new ally in a long lost prince. Nicholai is roguish and charming, and he wants to make changes in Ravka for the better including making Alina the leader of the Second Army. They will both face opposition from the establishment, but the Darkling and his forces continue to build their strength, and an attack is imminent.
The nation is not the only thing at stake as Alina questions her sanity, and Mal feels useless and threatened by the princes who see Alina as a political asset and potential marriage partner. Will their relationship survive Alina's new status and the stresses of preparing for war against the Darkling?
Leigh Bardugo's sequel is just as dark, lush, and romantic as the first book in the series, but about halfway through the story got a little bogged down, and Mal is just annoying for most of the story. The conclusion really picks back up, so I have high hopes for book three!