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Review: Siege and Storm + Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo

“What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.”

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These books are part II and III in the Grisha Trilogy:

About Shadow and Bone (book I):

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I read these two books one after the other. Although it took me a while to get into the second installment, I didn’t have to think twice about jumping straight into the third book once I finished Siege and Storm.

In my opinion, Siege and Storm is a bit of an intermezzo. There are some new characters (all of whom I adored. Stormhund is my favourite character in a shared first place with The Darkling) and there’s a lot of build-up for the last book. The end of book II was very good. That’s why I immediately started book III.

About book III.
What can I say? I read it in a day, maybe even less. It was highly entertaining.
I loved how Alina grew in her role. I loved all the side characters (except for Mal, he just made me very uncomfortable. Don’t know why.). I loved that it was more gruesome because this is war, not just a disagreement. The Darkling went super dark and although I was always hoping he’d turn around, it’s not really in his nature. So, I appreciated that he was, in fact, the bad guy.

But above all, guys, I loved Nicholai. I absolutely adored him. What happened to him made me feel so bad!
His lines were some of the best. He’s incredibly funny and straightforward. Yup, I liked him a lot 🙂
That’s why I was a bit disappointed by the end.

In a way, it’s the logical thing to happen. But I felt a bit cheated. If this merzost thing is really that bad, then why would she bring him back from the dead? Okay, she loves him, but still.

I give Siege and Storm three stars and Ruin and Rising four stars.
I’m glad I picked them up.

Any recommendations for fun fantasy series?

Let me know!!



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