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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Gricha Book 2 (Spoiler Free)

Siege and Storm is the second novel in the Gricha trilogy and I should probably say straight away that I am not big fan. I loved Shadow and Bone, but when reading Siege and Storm I just couldn’t fall into the book as easily as I had done with book one.

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Gorgeous book cover

My major problem is that I am struggling to know who to root for, obviously not the Darkling unless there is going to be some kind of major plot twist. I just found it really hard to connect with the characters this time around, I’m not even sure that Mal and Alina’s relationship is believable, his whole role in this novel is to guard her… I sorry but dull. Where is the passion, the romance, why I aren’t I rooting for this couple? When I feel nothing for a character or a set of characters and lose the will to know how their journey works out something has gone wrong and I can’t even put my finger on what it was.

Prince Nikolai was a great ray of light in this book, I found him an interesting and diverse anti-hero and every moment he is on the page I have no idea if he is good, evil or somewhere in the middle and he delivers some cracking one liners to Alina. It’s a shame she can’t be a but more sassy they could of had some great banter.

It’s hard for me to say what exactly I did and didn’t like because  it was a compilation of things – there was lots of getting on and off of boats and I found that really irritating because there wasn’t any real world building or description of where the characters were and their environment always seemed hazy unless they were in a palace, which is obviously self explanatory.

I should probably worn anyone who is planning on reading this book that it is very, very, open ended and there is a bit of a wait until the third book is out.

All in all I would give this about a 2.5/5

Poor sequel to a great first book, this book made me fall out of love with characters I had previously loved particularly Mal who hopefully perks up a bit by book 3.

It’s not all bad Mal there’s plenty more Gricha in the sea…PLEASE!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Gricha Book 1) Review

Finding a great fantasy novel is like finding light in never ending darkness and that is what this book is a unique, brilliant, light.

Shadow and Bone follows Alina a young girl from the fictional land of Ravka, I have heard some people describe Ravka as a magical Russia but for me personally the novel has a strong Russian influence and feel but I never really confused or intertwined Russia or Ravka it was just a cultural influence through out the novel.

In Ravka there are normal ordinary people and there are Gricha, who are people with powers, now depending on the ability depends on the Gricha’s  social standing within their community.  The main character and narrator Alina is a member of the first army, she is a map maker and she believes herself to be a clumsy ordinary, skinny girl orphan girl who is in love with her best friend since child hood Mal but she is no ordinary girl she is Gricha.

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Book Cover

Mal is the opposite to Alina, he is popular, he gets things done and he is not socially awkward like her, also he is beautiful and loved my all the girls. Ravka is a divided nation, it is divided by something called the Shadow fold, a great and vast space of darkness the crosses through the centre of Ravka, there is no light and no hope for anyone who attempts to cross the fold, only death.

When it is believed suddenly that Alina is Gricha but not just any Gricha a Sun Summoner-  the only one existence it is revealed that she and she alone has the power to cross the Shadow Fold, she and she alone has the power to save Ravka .

Alina is taken from everything she knows, from Mal, the army on an adventure that will change her life, the Darkling’s and Mal’s for ever.

This book had me hooked from page one, I love the Russian symbolism, the impending love triangle and I love the Gricha especially that naughty Darkling.