Another exciting installment in the story of Alina Starkov, the Sun Summoner, and the Grisha.
Alina and Mal have made a long and dangerous journey to Novyi Zem in an attempt to escape the Darkling. But as they are close to saving enough to move further into the country and into hiding, the Darkling and his Grisha catch them again.
“Of course not,” said Sturmhond. “Anything worth doing always starts as a bad idea.”
Bardugo, Leigh. Siege and Storm (The Grisha Book 2) (p. 89). Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Kindle Edition.
They are taken aboard a whaler, its captain a mercenary pirate. The Darkling is looking for an ice dragon by the name of Rusalye, another amplifier for Alina. When they get it, they are attacked by a pirate ship. It turns out that the pirates are allied with the captain of the whaler. The whaler’s crew join the pirates on their ship taking Alina, Mal, and Rusalye with them, and leaving the Darkling and his henchpeople aboard the damaged whaler.
“You know the problem with heroes and saints, Nikolai?” I asked as I closed the book’s cover and headed for the door. “They always end up dead.”
Bardugo, Leigh. Siege and Storm (The Grisha Book 2) (p. 341). Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Kindle Edition.
The pirate, Sturmhond, turns out to be Nikolai Lantsov, second son of the King. He takes them back to the capital where Alina, at her own insistence, is placed at the head of what is left of the Grisha.
Earlier, in Shadow & Bone when Alina first came to the capital, the King was nominally in charge with the Darkling as the real power supporting the throne and the Apparat, a priestly type, apparently working with the Darkling. Evidently, each resented the others and wanted to be left to be in charge alone, because now all of them are openly vying for power, and all of them want the Sun Summoner to reinforce their own power.
“I have loved you all my life, Mal,” I whispered through my tears. “There is no end to our story.”
Bardugo, Leigh. Siege and Storm (The Grisha Book 2) (p. 367). Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Kindle Edition.
And Alina is hungry for power too, although she is distrustful of her own power hunger, wondering what it means, and fearful of what she is becoming. And not without reason apparently. In some ways, all she really wants is to go off somewhere alone with Mal. But she also wants to protect the people of Ravka from the likes of the Darkling and the Apparat. And as so many people seem to be willing to kill her, she is becoming less squeamish about killing people too. Mostly she wants to destroy the Darkling. But what will happen to her if she succeeds?
Cover image from Goodreads.
Title: Siege & Storm
(The Grisha Book 2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Format: Kindle edition
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/ Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9711-5 (e-book)