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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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What are all these reviewers thinking?

I see alot of kudos given to this series but I cant understand why. The main character cant make good decisions for her or those she cares about. She follows such a blah love triangle that is so overdone in YA books. The characters are written in two dimensional personalities; alina has no backbone and despite being fully capable of taking the reigns in her life she just lets all those around her decide what happens next. Fuck that. Mal is a hormone driven/quick to temper “childhood friend love interest” stereotype. Nikolai only serves to be the “prince charming” of this book but I find him manipulative and arrogant. None of these characters made me feel like I cared an ounce for them.

I really tried to give this series a chance, I liked some of the world building and some plots like Bogra in the first book but I wont be finishing this series. The author really lost me when Nikolai and Mal are butting heads over Alina after getting back to Rovka. The whole scene was a mess of what feels like teenage drama and im really sick of it in fantasy books. Maybe Im too old for this shit but id like to think the quality of these books should’ve been way better for such high reveiws (and for the record I’m not even 30).

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An okay story progression.

I say this without the opportunity to have yet read the next, but this is my fourth book by this author and she is a phenomenal storyteller. I can only imagine the next won't disappoint.

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Not as good as I would have hoped.

Story was okay, it didn't really progress anywhere and is written in simplistic language. There is very little world building or character development. I really wanted to like the book series as I just watched the TV series and really enjoyed it.

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Where's the romance

I wish there was more romance between characters. There hardly was anything.... even teasing and kissing would have be nice.

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Fun YA Read

Overall I'd give this book 3.5 stars. It's fun and gripping, definitely a good read. It only loses a few stars from me because I wasn't a huge fan of Mal.

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enjoyable!

great storytelling and narration
strong female main character
beautiful places and exciting action scenes
looking forward to netflix version!

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Excellent Sequel!

I started this series yesterday, and have already gone through both of the first two books. I'm loving this series so far!

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A Straight-up Placeholder

This is clearly the 2nd novel in a trilogy. It attempts to repeat the best aspects of the first book and blatantly sets up the third book. Leigh Bardugo adds some new characters and builds on her Grisha Magic System (explaining theory and adding more 'Amplifiers', for example), but spends an inordinate amount of effort on character development. It's not a bad plan.. but falls short. The author goes overboard on the YA Fantasy clichés: revelling in the misunderstood teenaged heroes (merely revealing them as self-absorbed petulants) and building on relatable romantic urges (but contriving a nonsensical love triangle). The pacing is off in this one, too - the middle half of the novel is plodding - and the desperate "I would die for you" young hero clichés are cringeworthy. Bardugo knows how to write - and there are flashes of brilliant timing (and dialogue) - so this poor effort is regrettable.

Lauren Fontang is annoyingly sibilant in this reading (her "s"s are so sharp some of them literally *whistle* - you simply must not use earphones). She also plods through the text somewhat (speeding to 1.20X helped). Slavic-sounding words and accents are realistic (and she largely avoids truly annoying character voices in this one), but her performance is sub-par. She was much better on 'Shadow and Bone' and hopefully will improve with 'Ruin and Rising'.

I will continue the series (the first novel - and to some extent *this* one - teases good things in the final installment), but the quality of this segment is disappointing.
I am hoping reading this was worth the investment. This stereotypical "middle" book is a 5-star out of 10 novel.

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Its alright-ish. Warning! Minor spoilers in my review.

The performance from Lauren Fortgang is always a pleasure! Especially during emotional vulnerable moments for the guy characters, she somehow makes them extra human. Tho the priest voice is a tad weird lol.

The story itself is weird?? Mal is just hella dumb and so is Alena. They have no communication skills whatsoever so it was frustrating to listen to them "talk". Darkling also coulda been better but he's never properly flushed out as a character, which is sad. They could've utilized that special connection so much more. Ultimately didnt care about the drama that they had. Alena was as bland as a cardboart lmao.

But oh! Nikolai! He was really fun and can be compelling at times too. o3o Leigh Bardugo just needs to flesh him out even more and he golden lol. But idk if she does in the following books lmao. Hope she does. Fingers crossed! lol

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it's like ok! but not terrible

I mean tbh honest I think the narrator of this books is epic, like she is just amazing! I guess that's why it was more bearable to me, the only thing that I like was Nikolai he and the darkling are like my favorites, Mal is beyond annoying why does he had to be the one she loves, the most interesting part is the end like literally last 2 chapters, book number one is way better! it's a 3 star for me

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  • Anne-Kathrine
  • 2018-11-20

2,5

meh
if it wasnt an audiobook i prob. wouldnt have finished it...
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  • Quentin
  • 2016-06-17

Aggravating

I spent most of the time yelling at the main characters for being irrational brats. Even the villain made more sense. Mal yelled at everyone for no reason, I think he needed a hug. This book was thoroughly disappointing. The main characters where completely unlikable.

The villain is one of the most likable characters in the series...I was actively rooting for him.

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  • Coloradofarmgirl
  • 2017-07-13

Not as good as I had hoped

Liked the first book, was hoping in the second that the main character would grow a spine. For someone who supposedly has a lot of power she let's people push her around. Love triangle is getting old.

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  • Karen
  • 2017-01-28

I hate the main character

The book is fine, but the main character drove me up the wall. I spent too much time yelling at her to make up her mind, say something, use her power, stop being useless, etc. My husband was listening with me and quit half way through because he couldn't take it anymore.

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  • Joki
  • 2013-12-07

Kinda of Falls For the Sophomore Curse

I'm going to admit to a huge ambivalence about this second book in the Grisha series. On the one hand, I am still loving the world and the magic concepts. But then when it comes to the characters and the action sequences, I'm either bored or baffled. Seems like there would be an amazing story here with different people.

In Siege and Storm, Alina and Mal are trying to remain hidden from the Darkling. But double crosses (from both the Darkling and his allies) will force Alina and Mal back to the heart of Ravka. With a new (and interesting) ally, facing the Darkling in the open rather than in hiding may be their only option.

Book two suffers from a couple of sophomore symptoms: 'manufactured' conflict between the two romantic leads, emasculation of the male love interest, a dead dull, bloated middle arc, and recycled storylines from the first book. It was the same themes over again (Darkling capturing Alina and threatening someone she cares about, Alina trusting and getting romantically involved with a stranger, a large section of nothing but Alina moping/learns new responsibilities, then big action at the end) that made for a frustrating book.

But at the same time, there was an attempt at character growth for both Alina and Mal, though one moved forward and the other backward. Yes, every girl in the story wants Mal and every guy in the story seems to want Alina. That gets old and seems to only be there to create jealousy and uncertainty in the Mal-Alina relationship. As such, it made it hard to get into either character. Mal was an elusive character at best in the previous book - now he's practically inscrutable in his insecurity.

The action scenes were also very problematic for me. It seems that none of the Grisha were able to use their powers for anything other than collecting water or making a breeze. Alina can only do a sickle strike with her powers. Even knowing that an army of smoke like creatures are coming, no one seems to bother to create any kind of defense or train to defend/attack those creatures. We get one crazy invention and that's it. I admittedly became really annoyed that all the Grisha and soldiers were so amazingly ineffectual. As well, the Darkling's new power is supposedly life sucking but he seems to be able to summon an entire army just fine, other than looking a bit tired. It just didn't ring true.

There are consequences for those who side with the Darkling. And a few surprises (with hints that Mal is more than he seems) with a trail leading back to the birthplace of Mal and Alina. I'm excited, despite my lukewarm response of this book, to see where Bardugo ends the Trilogy.

The narrator did a good job and felt right for the part of Alina.

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  • B. Winget
  • 2020-10-30

Leaving Frustrated

When a story line is based on a young child and female always doing something stupid or frozen with fear and unable to act I get so frustrated with the story. When your heroine can't act or make a decision she really is not a heroine. Maybe that was the goal but just makes me want to pull out my hair with frustration.

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  • John Richardson
  • 2018-09-24

ok. unable to complete

I really likes the six of crows series, but I struggled through this and gave up halfway through. just didn't hold my attention enough

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  • Bela lacayo
  • 2021-02-10

Second Book Syndrome

The story goes fast, slooooooooow, ends fast. I will still read the third but I understand what the reviews were saying. I honestly still don't know who her final love interest will be which is a good thing I guess, but I also don't like the options rn. Plot has seemed entirely like a set up for the third book, not much happened just mainly focused of relationship development.

I've liked the narrator in other books, but I did not prefer some of her tonal decisions. The main character already comes off a bit complainey and she could have helped reduce it, but instead she leaned into the whiney tones and it made the main character seem even more immature. she has a bit of sibilance as well, so if that bothers you just be aware. Her overall read however is still very decent.

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  • Anne Marie Keesler
  • 2018-12-12

too long

I feel like the middle of the book dragged way too much. It could have been shorter and still tell the information needed for the next book

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  • Joe Chad
  • 2017-09-07

The Dip in the Middle

Compared to my review of Shadow and Bone I am going to try and keep this one short. As a second novel goes I believe that Bardugo really does improve in her world building, characters, and plot (in some ways). First, she makes an effort to better explain how her magic system works, and we get a better picture of how everything falls into place. Second, we learn much more about the political and social landscapes of the kingdom of Ravka, which in their own way advances the plot.

The biggest improvement in this second novel has to be the characters though. Bardugo adds several new characters to the mix, which really make the story click better, and helps us as the reader get a better picture of the overarching plot. These new characters have well defined depth and show personalities rivaling some of the Six of Crows characters.

Now we come to the plot which in one way improves and in another way struggles very much in my opinion. At the beginning of the novel events kick off with a bang and continue the fast pace of the previous book, and the plot seems to be moving at a rapid pace. The same thing occurs in the last quarter of the book, where things really come to a head very nicely. However, the middle 50 percent of this novel is where Bardugo struggles. Her claim to fame is the fast pace constant action plot, which she maintains for the most part in Shadow and Bone and in the first and fourth quarters of this novel. However, it seems to me that the middle 6 hours of this book are nothing but conversations between characters that go nowhere. The plot slows to a crawl, and it feels like she could have easily cut out a good 50 pages. Also, it seems like she attempted a couple of plot twists in this part of the book that were very obvious and didn't help the story whatsoever.

In conclusion, I did like this book more than Shadow and Bone but still not nearly as much as either of the SIX of Crows books. That weak middle of the novel was the cause of my 3 star rating and I really struggled to get passed it.

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  • Salomé LIEGEARD
  • 2021-05-12

Good performance for a lackluster story

I liked the narrator. The story itself was not very good, I'm afraid. Too long.