Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
(Henry Holt and Co., 2013, 432 pages)
This is the second title in Bardugo’s “Grisha” series which began with the title, Shadow and Bone. In this book Alina and Mal are still trying to stay clear of the Darkling and have set sail, leaving their homeland behind. But the Darkling needs Alina by his side and will stop at nothing to get her back. Alina and Mal manage to elude him and form alliances with the notorious pirate, Sturmhond, who has ideas of his own for how they can work together to defeat the Darkling for good.
Unfortunately, given that Alina has been gone from Ravka for so long the narrative about her has changed so that she is now being viewed by many as a saint and savior, a title she’s far from ready to embrace. It looks like things are progressing towards all out war between the Darkling and the rest of the country. Can Alina be trusted to help lead forces against him?
This book kept me engaged but I’m not really invested in the story anymore. I’m glad that this audiobook kept the same narrator but I’m still on the fence on whether or not I’ll finish book 3. The series itself has been well-reviewed and has a lot of appeal for the young adult market.