Book Review: Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo
After finishing Shadow & Bone, I knew I needed to drive right into the sequel. But not for the reason you think.
I literally remembered nothing of the plot. *facepalm*
So, spoiler alert if you haven't read Siege & Storm (obviously... but really, if you've only watched the show, DO NOT PASS GO! DO NOT COLLECT $200! GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL), I was SO surprised that they went after the sea whip so early in the book! Like I said, I couldn't remember pretty much anything about the plot other than Alina securing the second amplifier. But they did it in the first part of the book. Literally, the inciting incident was her getting it! How exciting!
Now I really had no clue about the plot! Alina gets captured by the Darkling and then subsequently escapes. It really is a cat and mouse game for most of this series between the two of them.
Then enters one of my favorite characters in the series. Sturmhond. Only, he isn't really Sturmhond. He's actually Prince Nikolai, the second son of the current king who likes to live life a little dangerously. From here, he and Alina travel back to Os Alta, to the Big and Little Palaces, respectively.
Let me tell you. If the charming, smartass heir to a throne was interested in me, I wouldn't hesitate. Up until this point, I really was shipping Darklina, but Nikolai made me question things!
All in all, the plot of this one wasn't my favorite. It was a lot of political intrigue and scheming, when I really wanted more romance. Unfortunately, since it is YA, it was all brooding and slow building, but I knew where I wanted to go, so I finished this one and moved right into the finale of this trilogy!