Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co (Macmillan)
In this sequel to Shadow and Bone, Alina and Mal are being hunted by the Darkling, who has escaped the Shadow Fold with an even darker power. Alina joins forces with a notorious pirate and returns to face the Darkling and rally the Grisha against him. But as her power grows, she grows further away from Mal, and risks losing everything.
I read this book in one sitting. It was that good. I thought the first book gave me feels, but this one had even more! So many unexpected turns and trials and terrible brushes with the Darkling. And Sturmhond, the notorious pirate, is possible the most fabulous character ever. I was in love with him the second we met.
However, in case anyone is curious, I am Team Mal all the way and was heartbroken every time they grew further apart.
I loved that this book had a powerful, yet flawed female protagonist. Alina is not even close to perfect, but she still stands for what she believes in, and fights to save her country at great risk to herself.
If you haven’t started reading this series yet, DO IT. And if you’ve already read these, check out these great additional stories Leigh wrote: