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Siege and Storm

By: Leigh Bardugo
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
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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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Yawn

All she harps on about is boys, boys, boys. Does she like him? Should she? Etc. Nevermind that the world's is in peril and only she can save it or whatever. Alina is the most insipid and disappointing female main character that I've come across in quite a while. What a load of dross.

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Couldn't finish

What would have made Siege and Storm better?

The story itself was fine, but I couldn't stomach the way the main character was written. Despite the fact that Alina is supposed to be saving the world, she spends all her time obsessing over the guy she's in love with. In the end I was so offended by this stereotypical character that I had to stop listening to the book.

What character would you cut from Siege and Storm?

Alina

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Sturmhond

As soon as I finished Shadow and Bone I had to jump into Siege and Storm. Mal and Alina have been living a normal life for a while now but Alina is struggling. By not using her powers she is making herself weak and quite frankly unhappy. It's not long before The Darkling catches up to them and their life is thrown into chaos again.

I enjoyed this book so much. I cannot describe how much. This was due to one of my all-time favourite characters Sturmhond aka The Clever Fox. This character is blunt, honest and oh so witty.

Mal irritated me a lot in this book. He was selfish and very whingey. Alina is trying to save the world from The Darkling and he is complaining because she doesn't want a few kisses. He doesn't stop to notice that something is wrong he is so wrapped up in himself that he can't see that something is seriously wrong.

On the flip side, Alina kept everything to herself and never asked anyone for help which frustrated me immensely. Just ask for some god damn help woman!

This book is so much more than the first and it made my love for the series and the verse increase dramatically. (Yes most of that is down to Sturmhond)

The end of this book is pretty dramatic/cliffhanger like so I was so so glad I didn't need to wait for the final book in the series.

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Nice story annoying characters and irritating narrator

I like the story, and the world that is created in this series, but the voice of the narrator and the characters are very irritating. Alina is unlikable and childish, and so is basically every character in the series. It is a pity because it ruins a good storyline. I wouldn’t recommend reading it or listening to this audiobook, its better to watch the Netflix series. There they cut out most of the annoying parts.

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Incredibly slow going

Quite disappointed in this book. I enjoyed the first book and had hoped for more.

The plot went at a snail's pace and was predictable, there was no character growth, Alina's inner dialogue was incredibly whiny, Mal seemed intend on misunderstanding her and not a whole lot happened in all these hours of listening.

I feel this book could have easily been half the number of pages it turned out to be. It seems like needless filler to make it into a trilogy.

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Could have been better

Half of the length of this book could have achieved the same effect. The narrator is too slow, I listened to it on 1.2 speed.

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A bland sequel

After a good promising setup from book 1 this is a big disappointment. Very little happens and found it a real struggle to finish

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Still as intriguing as the first book

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't really decide who is my favourite character in Siege and Storm. Alina is as sweet as ever but The Darkling is still so very fascinating. The more you know about him the more you wonder and also hope. And then there is new and very exciting pirate Stormhound. He is so very entertaining. So, I can't decide on favourite

What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I just love Lauren Fortgang's narration. She immediately draws you in. Also she is so easy to understand, which is important to everybody whose mother tongue is not English.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Though the story is quite captivating and moderately fast paced, I fast frustrated occasionally with Mal and Alina. Both seem to struggle overly much with each other and the situation and this felt a bit fabricated. Especially as this is the "middle" book and I felt as if some additional drama had to be produced. But there is plenty of actual drama already. Only a sleight thing but nevertheless.

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boring

main character is worthless and boring, she only wants to cry, hide and complain, I find myself really wanting her to die. couldn't finish it total waste of money.

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I would give no stars.

Omg this book is such a drag and a load of rubbish, she's meant to be super powerful yet she keeps getting captured. The story in general just sucks and I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

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