This Siege and Storm book review will contain small spoilers to the first book, but I have put up a review all about that one here. So go CHECK IT OUT
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. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. 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.
This was another that I must have loved back when I first read it, but once again it has slipped in my estimations. Not by as much, but I just wasn’t blown away by the characters or the story.
What I think happened;
- Lets leave a country to be destroyed by the evil force we tried to destroy.
- Let’s play house for a little while and pretend I’m not as powerful as I really am.
- Oh no the Darkling has appeared… SURPRISE or not.
- Prisoners for a little bit… looking longingly at each other.
- Escape, and then boom, the proposals happen.
- Basically a load of wooing of the people.
- HUGE battle.
I think my biggest problem with Siege and Storm, in fact the whole series, is the characters. They are awful. Alina seems to redeem herself a little in this book, she becomes something more than what she was. But then bam, another awful character comes to the forefront – Mal. Oh my how I hate him. Everything about him actually. The way he talks about Alina and her power, it really grinds on my nerves.
The romantic elements again, there was no chemistry with the one person she was supposed to struggle to live without. I couldn’t believe her as a character and Siege and Storm failed to convince me otherwise. You were almost rooting for her to end up with anyone other than him.
Story wise. I thought there were some really interesting aspects brought in, but not really drawn upon, more like breezed over. I would have loved a little more of the pirate and sailing aspect. It was once again rushed, trying to fit too much into such a short book was a massive risk, and it didn’t pay off. I wanted more, it was the same with Shadow and Bone, there was just something lacking. Hence the awful 3 star rating.
My favourite character changed to Nikolai, he made me smile and he seemed to be the only character that was natural or at least the dialogue seemed like it. He brought a lightheartedness that was lacking to the story. It helped break up the melancholy that both Alina and Mal seemed to be pushing all the way through the book – DRIVING ME INSANE. So thank you Nikolai for that little bit of joy in what would have been a frightfully dull book.
Least favourite character in Siege and Storm, oh this one is so easy. Mal. God I hate him, and thanks to this book he’s overtaken my hatred for Alina, which is a positive. I suppose. He just doesn’t seem to add anything to the book, he constantly complains about Alina’s power and makes her doubt herself. Which is NOT a healthy relationship. There is no mutual respect for each other, and that bothers me.
What I wanted to happen is simple. I wanted the main characters to stop feeling sorry for themselves and just to get on with it. I hated all the indecision and doubting and the second guessing. It made the book seem tedious and long. Once again I wish for more.
In terms of recommendations, at this point I would say no. For me the story and the plot doesn’t get any better and I still struggle with the characters, maybe its because I expect a little bit more from them.
Let me know if you’ve read the series and what you thought in the comments below! It would be lovely to hear from you!