This week I finished the second book in the Grisha Trilogy. Siege and Storm [The Book Depository] was intense and surprising. Not only Mal and the Darkling want Alina, but also Nikolai, the Prince. However, as Alina returns to the Palace, and the Darkling gathers forces to get it back, we see how her relationship with Mal erodes. She is getting stronger, and also different. He is a hero without cause at the moment.
I loved Siege and Storm way more than the first volume. It’s thrilling, and Nikolai is hilarious. There’s no way you can’t like the guy. Mal is moody, and Alina wants to get stronger. Like calls to like, but it can also be spooky.
[SPOILERS: this post has massive spoilers on the book. Refrain from reading if you haven’t read it yet.]
Nikolai returns home with Alina and Mal. Their target is simple: Nikolai wants the throne, and he offers Alina to re-establish the Second Army. Nikolai’s brother has never shown any interest in becoming King, but his interest starts as soon as he sees his brother. The King is a douche, the Queen doesn’t understand anything, and the Darkling is more dangerous than ever.
Alina craves for more power, and to make things different. However, she has hallucinations: she sees the Darkling everywhere! To make matters worse, her relationship with Mal is getting worse by the day. And, Nikolai has proposed to her. Maybe Nikolai likes her a lot, but he is strategic, and the thing that is in his mind is Ravka.
While Alina works along Nikolai for a plan to keep the Darkling at bay and be able to withstand a siege, Nikolai’s brother messes things up and puts everyone in danger. Nikolai has to flee, and so does Alina. But after seeing the Second Army in shreds, too many people killed, and the Darkling is almost getting everything he wants.
At the last minute, Alina confronts the Darkling and almost dies trying to save everyone. If killing herself is what it takes to keep the rest of people safe, she’s eager to do so. However, she survives and is taken to safety.
This second book is thrilling and heartbreaking. I couldn’t stop reading it because I needed to know more about what was going to happen next! To make things worse, now I’m reading the third one, and I’m too fast reading. (Which is good, because the book is good. But it’s also bad because their adventures will end up soon!)
If you haven’t read the Grisha Trilogy yet, go for it. You won’t get disappointed! It’s entertaining, and the characters are all very relatable. Despite that, I tend to side with the dark ones. Why might that be?
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