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Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

““What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.”

Title: Siege and Storm

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Book 2 of the Shadow and Bone Series

Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic

I had a feeling, and I wasn't wrong, that the first book was nothing compare to what was to come. Usually second books are boring, but I found myself so intrigued with the characters that were brought up in this one that I ended up enjoying it way more than the first. Of course, Nikolai made an appearance and I just couldn't contain myself and fell in love completely. Another love interest that, in my opinion, is way better than Mal will ever get to be.

Honestly, its not that Mal is bad. He's just such a teenager sometimes and behaves like such a boy and I haven't seen him grow and mature yet which annoys me. I hope the 3rd book will make him a man, because I know that they'll end up together no matter how much better the Darkling and Nikolai are for Alina.

In this installment, we spend a few chapters at sea and many more away from the Darkling. The whole ordeal is Alina preparing to meet with him again and hopefully be able to stop him from attacking and taking over the throne. At times it does have a slow pace, but it never bothered me because I feel the first book gave you a glimpse of how the Grisha world works but it didn't complete the picture. This one allowed the whole picture of the Grisha world to come alive and for the reader to really understand how and why the powers exist and they can do what they can do.

Again, I am a Darkling fan. I need a redemption arc and I so deeply want him to be forgiven. I see the broken boy that hides in the shadows, I see the boy who does not fit in, who is to powerful and is too lost. I wish there would be somebody that could bring him out of his darkness and to realize his errors. Bardugo definitely created one of the best villains to love and hate, apart from Maven in the Red Queen. I had never felt such an internal conflict like I do with The Darkling and honestly that is what has drove the story for me. This darkness and goodness battle that exists within each of the characters is so meaningful and important. Leigh created a message with her themes and characters, she didn't just create a villain and that is why it is so easy to love him and to want to erase the evil in him.

--- 4 stars ---