Just finished with book 2 of the Grisha Trilogy and Oh. My. Gawd. Another slam dunk for Leigh!
Siege and Storm picks up where book 1 left off, Alina and Mal are on the run from the Darkling with Alinas new found surge in power with her powerful amplifier. Nowhere is safe and soon enough, they are both captured by the Darkling and forced aboard a ship, headed in search of the mythical Rusalye, the sea whip, in order to slaughter it for a second amplifier. After some hoodwinking by the lovable if mischievous pirate Sturmhond whose services the Darkling has employed to travel the seas, Alina and Mal escape with the boats crew AND the second amplifier. After a long and tedious journey where Sturmhonds true identity is reveled, Alina and Mal find themselves back at Os Alta, desperately plotting and planning for the war the Darkling will inevitably bring to them. Alina is unnerved as word of her power spreads across Ravka and a cult of sorts sprouts up and fiercely grows in size, worshiping her as a Saint, the true leader of Ravka. The strain and stress of Alinas growing powers and responsibilities as the leader of the Second Army begin to strain the relationship between herself and Mal. The battle between the Darkling and his monstrous shadow creatures comes all too soon and the aftermath has drastic consequences.
I finished the book only moments ago and my mind is a whirl with questions. With only one more book left, I can't wait to see how this story will end. Book 2 really set up the plot nicely for what I hope to be a stellar grand finale in book 3! The character development and inner turmoil Alina goes through in this book is so well written and authentic. Her relationship with Mal is MADDENING at times, I'm like dang girl get it together and tell him how you feel already! But it adds that much more drama and angst to the plot line. The new characters in this book are all so likable with such defined personalities and quirks. I was especially taken with Nikolai, his charismatic and charming demeanor is hard not to like and I enjoy his coyness and that hint of a troublemaker. Tolya and Tamar, with their steadfast loyalty and fierceness are the perfect additions to the story line and I am very interested to see where their characters plots will go from here. Again I was blown away by the superb writing style and enchanting world building by Leigh. Ravka and the Grisha World is quickly becoming one of my favorite literary places. There is never a dull moment in this action packed and ever developing story!
Until next week! Happy Reading!