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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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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 2.5-star 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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Good read

I enjoyed the first book. The second though isn't as good and is more of teenage drama than anything else. I wish the main character was stronger.

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it's a good book :)

Leigh bardugo writing style is amazing, and the narrators voice is extremely enjoyable. However I found that the book pacing left something to be desired. but all in all the story was strong and the characters likeable. (has a love triangle)

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DNF

It was so boring, I tried to finish it but couldn't. I am just disappointed I wasted a credit on 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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  • Anne-Kathrine
  • 2018-11-20

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if it wasnt an audiobook i prob. wouldnt have finished it...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-23

Annoying

Annoying characters. The narrator's S words were so sharp I couldn't listen with headphones. Overall, I'm just listening just to be done with it.

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  • Melissa Bee
  • 2013-09-23

Just OK for me

I thought listening to this sequel would be fun. I liked the narrator but felt the story lagged a bit. There was a lot of building up to the impending battle-too much time spent on preparation. Alina's character was frustrating; she was self centered and withheld personal information that alienated her from those she loved. It had some surprises, but overall I felt like I just wanted to get to the end of the book.

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  • Katherine
  • 2013-07-13

Riveting! A Must Listen

There is no "middle book syndrome" here. This one was amazing! I loved the new characters, the action and all the plot twists and turns along the way. I don't want to give away any spoilers here, so I will just simply say this sequel was awesome! The narration was brilliant as well.
This is a must listen and totally worth the credit. Just be sure to read Shadow and Bone first (you won't be disappointed)

5 *huge* stars!!

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