Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I love when a sequel lives up to the greatness of book one! Siege and Storm is just as, if not more, exciting than Shadow and Bone. The story is a bit darker this time around, but the movement of the novel is just as steady as Leigh Bardugo’s debut.
As is common with my reviews of sequels, I’m heading into bullet-point land.
So what did I like about Siege and Storm?
The introduction of a new character. Introducing a new character never fails to help spice up a sequel. Luckily, this new character doesn’t quite start a love triangle with Alina. He stands on his own as a complex and somewhat unpredictable character. When you read the book, you’ll know who I’m talking about. I loved this character’s duality.
The doom and gloom. Second books in a trilogy are often imbued with a sense of hopelessness. Siege and Storm is definitely darker than its predecessor, and it does introduce some major potential obstacles for Alina. But somehow, all this doom and gloom actually helps make the novel more compelling. It sparks curiosity, rather than leaving the reader disappointed.
Alina’s personal growth. This ties into the “doom and gloom” section above. Alina struggles quite a bit in Siege and Storm, and every obstacle causes infinitesimal change within her. I think continued growth (or change) throughout a series is of the utmost importance. Bardugo does this very well.
If you enjoyed Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm will not disappoint. It ends with a game-changing cliffhanger, though, so prepare yourself!