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  • Siege and Storm

  • Written by: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Darkness never dies.

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, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But 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.

©2013 Leigh Bardugo (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Loved the end.

While most of the book just felt like a filler, the beginning and end was fantastic.
As Alina discovers more truths about her, the Darkling's power has only multiplied. Although the alliance with Nicholas seemed promising, it didn't yield anything much greater than a side story. Nicholas seems an interesting addition and his character buildup was strong throughout the book. For him to just dissappear at the end didn't seem fair. I hope the author brings him back strong in the last book of the trilogy.
In nut shell, not as good as the first book but alright for the story buildup. 3.5 stars from me.

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Found it difficult to focus

I started listening to this series of books because of the Netflix series. I was surprised to find that these books were written in first person and how so many characters differed from the Netflix series. Still I enjoyed the first book. This second book was not as good. The story doesn’t seem to move much I found it very difficult to focus. Lauren’s narration is spot on and the only thing going for the book. Hopefully the third book solves these issues.

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  • Quentin
  • 17-06-16

Aggravating

I spent most of the time yelling at the main characters for being irrational brats. Even the villain made more sense. Mal yelled at everyone for no reason, I think he needed a hug. This book was thoroughly disappointing. The main characters where completely unlikable.

The villain is one of the most likable characters in the series...I was actively rooting for him.

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  • Anne-Kathrine
  • 20-11-18

2,5

meh
if it wasnt an audiobook i prob. wouldnt have finished it...
not impressed
meh

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  • Coloradofarmgirl
  • 13-07-17

Not as good as I had hoped

Liked the first book, was hoping in the second that the main character would grow a spine. For someone who supposedly has a lot of power she let's people push her around. Love triangle is getting old.

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  • Joki
  • 07-12-13

Kinda of Falls For the Sophomore Curse

I'm going to admit to a huge ambivalence about this second book in the Grisha series. On the one hand, I am still loving the world and the magic concepts. But then when it comes to the characters and the action sequences, I'm either bored or baffled. Seems like there would be an amazing story here with different people.

In Siege and Storm, Alina and Mal are trying to remain hidden from the Darkling. But double crosses (from both the Darkling and his allies) will force Alina and Mal back to the heart of Ravka. With a new (and interesting) ally, facing the Darkling in the open rather than in hiding may be their only option.

Book two suffers from a couple of sophomore symptoms: 'manufactured' conflict between the two romantic leads, emasculation of the male love interest, a dead dull, bloated middle arc, and recycled storylines from the first book. It was the same themes over again (Darkling capturing Alina and threatening someone she cares about, Alina trusting and getting romantically involved with a stranger, a large section of nothing but Alina moping/learns new responsibilities, then big action at the end) that made for a frustrating book.

But at the same time, there was an attempt at character growth for both Alina and Mal, though one moved forward and the other backward. Yes, every girl in the story wants Mal and every guy in the story seems to want Alina. That gets old and seems to only be there to create jealousy and uncertainty in the Mal-Alina relationship. As such, it made it hard to get into either character. Mal was an elusive character at best in the previous book - now he's practically inscrutable in his insecurity.

The action scenes were also very problematic for me. It seems that none of the Grisha were able to use their powers for anything other than collecting water or making a breeze. Alina can only do a sickle strike with her powers. Even knowing that an army of smoke like creatures are coming, no one seems to bother to create any kind of defense or train to defend/attack those creatures. We get one crazy invention and that's it. I admittedly became really annoyed that all the Grisha and soldiers were so amazingly ineffectual. As well, the Darkling's new power is supposedly life sucking but he seems to be able to summon an entire army just fine, other than looking a bit tired. It just didn't ring true.

There are consequences for those who side with the Darkling. And a few surprises (with hints that Mal is more than he seems) with a trail leading back to the birthplace of Mal and Alina. I'm excited, despite my lukewarm response of this book, to see where Bardugo ends the Trilogy.

The narrator did a good job and felt right for the part of Alina.

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  • Karen
  • 28-01-17

I hate the main character

The book is fine, but the main character drove me up the wall. I spent too much time yelling at her to make up her mind, say something, use her power, stop being useless, etc. My husband was listening with me and quit half way through because he couldn't take it anymore.

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  • B. Winget
  • 30-10-20

Leaving Frustrated

When a story line is based on a young child and female always doing something stupid or frozen with fear and unable to act I get so frustrated with the story. When your heroine can't act or make a decision she really is not a heroine. Maybe that was the goal but just makes me want to pull out my hair with frustration.

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  • John Richardson
  • 24-09-18

ok. unable to complete

I really likes the six of crows series, but I struggled through this and gave up halfway through. just didn't hold my attention enough

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  • Anne Marie Keesler
  • 12-12-18

too long

I feel like the middle of the book dragged way too much. It could have been shorter and still tell the information needed for the next book

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  • Joe Chad
  • 07-09-17

The Dip in the Middle

Compared to my review of Shadow and Bone I am going to try and keep this one short. As a second novel goes I believe that Bardugo really does improve in her world building, characters, and plot (in some ways). First, she makes an effort to better explain how her magic system works, and we get a better picture of how everything falls into place. Second, we learn much more about the political and social landscapes of the kingdom of Ravka, which in their own way advances the plot.

The biggest improvement in this second novel has to be the characters though. Bardugo adds several new characters to the mix, which really make the story click better, and helps us as the reader get a better picture of the overarching plot. These new characters have well defined depth and show personalities rivaling some of the Six of Crows characters.

Now we come to the plot which in one way improves and in another way struggles very much in my opinion. At the beginning of the novel events kick off with a bang and continue the fast pace of the previous book, and the plot seems to be moving at a rapid pace. The same thing occurs in the last quarter of the book, where things really come to a head very nicely. However, the middle 50 percent of this novel is where Bardugo struggles. Her claim to fame is the fast pace constant action plot, which she maintains for the most part in Shadow and Bone and in the first and fourth quarters of this novel. However, it seems to me that the middle 6 hours of this book are nothing but conversations between characters that go nowhere. The plot slows to a crawl, and it feels like she could have easily cut out a good 50 pages. Also, it seems like she attempted a couple of plot twists in this part of the book that were very obvious and didn't help the story whatsoever.

In conclusion, I did like this book more than Shadow and Bone but still not nearly as much as either of the SIX of Crows books. That weak middle of the novel was the cause of my 3 star rating and I really struggled to get passed it.

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  • Bela lacayo
  • 10-02-21

Second Book Syndrome

The story goes fast, slooooooooow, ends fast. I will still read the third but I understand what the reviews were saying. I honestly still don't know who her final love interest will be which is a good thing I guess, but I also don't like the options rn. Plot has seemed entirely like a set up for the third book, not much happened just mainly focused of relationship development.

I've liked the narrator in other books, but I did not prefer some of her tonal decisions. The main character already comes off a bit complainey and she could have helped reduce it, but instead she leaned into the whiney tones and it made the main character seem even more immature. she has a bit of sibilance as well, so if that bothers you just be aware. Her overall read however is still very decent.

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  • Miss A Sutton
  • 01-10-18

Yawn

All she harps on about is boys, boys, boys. Does she like him? Should she? Etc. Nevermind that the world's is in peril and only she can save it or whatever. Alina is the most insipid and disappointing female main character that I've come across in quite a while. What a load of dross.

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  • Emma (Star Crossed Reviews)
  • 28-12-18

Sturmhond

As soon as I finished Shadow and Bone I had to jump into Siege and Storm. Mal and Alina have been living a normal life for a while now but Alina is struggling. By not using her powers she is making herself weak and quite frankly unhappy. It's not long before The Darkling catches up to them and their life is thrown into chaos again.

I enjoyed this book so much. I cannot describe how much. This was due to one of my all-time favourite characters Sturmhond aka The Clever Fox. This character is blunt, honest and oh so witty.

Mal irritated me a lot in this book. He was selfish and very whingey. Alina is trying to save the world from The Darkling and he is complaining because she doesn't want a few kisses. He doesn't stop to notice that something is wrong he is so wrapped up in himself that he can't see that something is seriously wrong.

On the flip side, Alina kept everything to herself and never asked anyone for help which frustrated me immensely. Just ask for some god damn help woman!

This book is so much more than the first and it made my love for the series and the verse increase dramatically. (Yes most of that is down to Sturmhond)

The end of this book is pretty dramatic/cliffhanger like so I was so so glad I didn't need to wait for the final book in the series.

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  • M.P.
  • 02-04-18

Couldn't finish

What would have made Siege and Storm better?

The story itself was fine, but I couldn't stomach the way the main character was written. Despite the fact that Alina is supposed to be saving the world, she spends all her time obsessing over the guy she's in love with. In the end I was so offended by this stereotypical character that I had to stop listening to the book.

What character would you cut from Siege and Storm?

Alina

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  • Someone
  • 13-12-13

Still as intriguing as the first book

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't really decide who is my favourite character in Siege and Storm. Alina is as sweet as ever but The Darkling is still so very fascinating. The more you know about him the more you wonder and also hope. And then there is new and very exciting pirate Stormhound. He is so very entertaining. So, I can't decide on favourite

What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I just love Lauren Fortgang's narration. She immediately draws you in. Also she is so easy to understand, which is important to everybody whose mother tongue is not English.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Though the story is quite captivating and moderately fast paced, I fast frustrated occasionally with Mal and Alina. Both seem to struggle overly much with each other and the situation and this felt a bit fabricated. Especially as this is the "middle" book and I felt as if some additional drama had to be produced. But there is plenty of actual drama already. Only a sleight thing but nevertheless.

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  • cg
  • 15-05-20

Could have been better

Half of the length of this book could have achieved the same effect. The narrator is too slow, I listened to it on 1.2 speed.

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  • stubrack
  • 05-05-21

rescued again !!!

Great characters in first book and beginning of this book but a bit same with repeated being rescued. struggled to keep my attention towards the end.

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  • Hedda Askheim
  • 03-05-21

a great second book

This is a great following up story for the first one in the series. I am literally flabbergasted that I never read these when they came out, cause the character development, storytelling, and introduction to new characters are just brilliant!

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  • elly young
  • 03-05-21

pretty good

good story, held my attention even is Alina and Mal get kinda annpying after a while. writer is good at suspense but needs to work on her main characters a little more. otherwise decent book.

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  • FENARETI
  • 01-05-21

Eh

This book felt almost entirely identical to the first with just some characters switched around. But I do believe that if I was a younger reader I would have enjoyed it much more.

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  • Kirsty
  • 30-04-21

A great sequel

After reading shadow and bone I dove straight into Siege and Storm. Alina becomes more interesting the further through the books and I loved some of the new characters being introduced here. Especially Nikolai. He brought some really good humour to the book and I just generally enjoyed all his scenes. I have however discovered I don't like Mal. His character is just very unlikeable to me and I'm not sure that's what the author intended. I'll be interested to see if they can redeem his character in the final book. The Darkling is a great character as a villain but also love interest. Would be be good for Alina, or her good for him. I sympathise a lot more with the Darkling in comparison to Mal, he just seems much better written with more character. The listening experience is still really great and Lauren again captures everything really well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-04-21

siege and storm

sun summoner
saint
All powerful

siege and storm was amazing, you can picture all the scenes and this Beautiful world, can't wait for them to make this the next season on Netflix

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  • Michellington
  • 11-05-21

Thankyou Netflix

I purchased Seige and Storm after watching the TV adaptation of the first book of the trilogy, Shadow and Bone on Netflix. I was hooked by the story and was impatient to know what came next . I enjoyed Leigh Bardugo's story telling, although I have to admit I find I find the cloying romance between Aleena and Mal just a little hard to take after a while. The major pitfall with this Audio Adaptation, for me, though is the poor narration. Sadly I find that Ms Fortgang falls into that category of audio book talent that makes me want to take my eyes out with a spoon. The characterisations felt forced and unnatural and the accents caricatured. The men's voices were a struggle. And that was just for starters. I just don't enjoy her style of narration even though it is very common. Great story, not so great narration. As always you really should make up your own mind about these things.

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  • Kaari Watkins
  • 10-05-21

The teen angst is real.

Honestly I was ready to slap them all by the end of it. I thought these books were supposed to be good.

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  • Daniel
  • 04-05-21

Very Average

Overused tropes, stunted repetitive dialogue. If it wasn’t a sequel I wouldn’t have bothered past the first few chapters.

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  • Justamiller
  • 26-02-21

Not just for teenagers

I loved this audiobook. I spent most of the book trying to slow my listening down as I smashed the first book in the trilogy in 3 days. I can’t wait to listen to the 3rd. Highly recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-02-21

very good!

twists and turns! a great follow-up to the first! it has everything from action to romance. love it

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  • SpideyBaggins
  • 06-06-20

Takes a long time for the plot to move forward.

Many things happen in this second volume, but the story itself doesn't progress much until the last few chapters. And then it does so very quickly.

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  • Hayley, Escape Into YA Books
  • 04-08-19

Another great book in the Grishaverse

The second book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy starts by Alina and Mal being captured by the Darkling. He forces them to track down the Sea Whip, the magical creature required for the next amplifier. Just as all seems lost, the pair are rescued by a charming – and possibly mad – pirate, Captain Sturmhond. He has been tasked with bringing the Sun Summoner to his mysterious employer. And to their horror, and admittedly slight delight, Mal and Alina are brought back to Ravka and all its dangers.

Though Alina longs to be with Mal, just the two of them, but she can’t abandon her people. Now determined to stand against the Darkling, who has developed a dangerous new power, Alina must learn the extent of her own power if she hopes to stop him.

The characters were entertaining, and I was intrigued to see what happened to Genya and David. We were treated to two new, brilliant characters; Tolya and Tamar. The brother and sister quickly became two of my favourites and were real badasses, easily worth a dozen men in battle. Sturmhond was incredibly entertaining, I loved his snarky comments and quips and his blasé attitude, he’s the kind of man who would see a fatal gunshot as merely an annoyance.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Now the most powerful Grisha in the Second Army, Alina becomes the commander. It was good to see her in a real leadership role, and she flourishes with the responsibility. I enjoyed seeing her amongst the characters from the first book, my favourite being David. Not only does she now command the Second Army, but Alina must deal with the increasing Saint Alina/ Sun Cult following.

But with the new responsibilities, Alina draws away from Mal, which was so sad to see. They are so obviously destined to be together, despite all the complications. Even without him there, the Darkling lingers in Alina’s thoughts. She may hate him and the terrible things he does, but she is still drawn to him, he is the only person in the entire world who can understand her and the weight of her powers. This was one love triangle I actually enjoyed since there were actual reasons for her to be drawn to the bad boy (since they are the only two of their kind in the world) even though she loves someone else. Still, I longed for Alina and Mal to overcome it all and be together.

A third party appears, and it was intriguing to see whether they’d be an aid or a hindrance to Alina and her friends.

I loved this book and its magic system. It had some brilliant twists and turns and a great cliff hanger. I give it 5/5 and am dying to find out what happens in the final instalment of Shadow and Bone trilogy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-04-19

Yawn..

I love the way Leigh descibes details on either character or scenery BUT I found this book hard to get through. It dragged. It only got interesting in the last 40mins or so...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-12-18

Amazing Audible

If you’re struggling to get through this book or want to enjoy this series a lot more I recommend the audible. The performance is amazing and emphasises Leigh’s amazing writing style. Without the audible the story itself is quite bland and worse then the original book- except for the amazing new characters.