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Publisher's Summary

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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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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if it wasnt an audiobook i prob. wouldnt have finished it...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 09-17-21

Wonderful, captivating, brilliant

There are many authors out there doing this genre but Bardugo is right up there with the best. A storyline full of original ideas, always steering clear of the cliches that are so often found in young adult fantasy fiction.

I found it hard to put this down and couldn't wait to move on to the next book.

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  • Mark Anderson
  • 05-30-21

So incredibly dull and repetitive

The story held so much potential after the first book, however it fell into a heap a quarter of the way into the story.
The characters were written in such a way that they came across as simpletons. The author wrote the story as if the readers are simpletons. Stories and themes were told over and over, in a repetitive way that left me wanting to pull my hair out.
To be honest, this second book felt like it was written as a prelude to the next book, however it caused me so much pain and time that I will never get back, that I refuse to purchase the third book.
Do yourself a favour and DO NOT PURCHASE THIS BOOK.

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  • 05-18-21

awesome book

glad I purchased this. pay no attention to narration criticism... it one of the best narration I have heard for a while. top notch story with nice narration. a worthy addition to my collection.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-26-21

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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  • Leeanne J.
  • 05-31-22

What a roller-coaster of emotions

I absolutely loved this story, I was soo furious at one part, loved another part and can't wait to start book three.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-22

I loved it but it needs work

I have loved this book so far but it drags on more then it needs to.

Mal annoys the hell out of me and became quite annoyed with most the male characters in this book for always trying to kiss Alina without her permission.

Excited for the next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-22

Disappointing

I loved the first book of this series, but this one was a real bore. Nothing really happens and it falls flat in the middle, but doesn’t pick up much as the story continues. Least favourite book of the series.

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  • 01-16-22

disappointing

I struggled. the narrator didn't suit, but I liked the story in the 1st book. This time, the story felt rushed and quite frankly a bit tweeny in the dialogue. It's a shame because I think with a little less tween angst being the focus (which really got my goat, becayse I know everything in moderation is good but it was seriously a bit much here) there was potentially a great plot. I spoze I'll never know now, just cannot keep listening. Life's too short to struggle through when there's plenty of great books out there. Really wanted to like it but can't

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  • Dumbumm
  • 08-06-21

Favorite out of all 3

This read was fantastic. There were lots of twists and turns that you really had no idea what was going to happen next. The book had more of everything; world-building, more political intrigue, and new characters that were amazing. It was a little slow in the middle but does pick up and that finale... be ready for a cliffhanger.

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  • mel
  • 06-25-21

Thrilling!

I didn't want it to end. Had great moments of suspense and action. I am hooked into this trilogy!
There are some characters that are introduced which are becoming my favourites. Highly recommend this series. Another great Narration and Written book.