Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: 2017 (2013)
Source: Borrowed from Library
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.
Overall, I enjoyed the continuation of Alina and the Darkling's tale in Siege and Storm. Nikolai Lantsov was a compelling new character who brought a spark of humour to the mix. The continuation of the mythology was delightful. And the book perfectly set the scene for a big finale in book three. Once or twice in this one I wished the pace had picked up. This was generally during scenes in which Alina tried to win people over, which did start to feel a little dull and repetitive. However, the moments with the Darkling were always worth the wait. I only wish there'd been one or two more of them. But then I am a total Darkling fangirl so.... In any case, like the first book in the series, this is a 4.5-star read for me that I would round up to a five, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on book three in the next day or two.