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▶ Alternative Cover Edition #1 Darkness never diesHunted 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 longThe 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

10 thoughts on “Siege and Storm

  1. says:

    Yup I'm still insanely in love with the Darkling I'm going to burn in Hell Or rule the world with him as his ueen of Darkness whatever comes first “I know the truth in your heart The loneliness The growing knowledge of your own difference The ache of it” Alina tried to deny it the connection and the similarities with him but she could't hide from the truth Her purpose seemed clear; rebuild the Second Army defeat the Darkling destroy the Fold free Ravka find the third amplifier don't burn everyone in the process and keep Mal close It wasn't simple though She could feel the hunger for power growing inside her With an ambitious prince by her side she tried to fight the evil that was haunting Ravka and her guilt for helping this darkness unleash Some people worshipped her as a Saint some hated her because they were afraid of her powers and some wanted her to run away from this new life and become the person she was before she had the potential to destroy the worldWell not some people just Mal “There is no ordinary life for people like you and me” I really enjoyed Siege and Storm not as much as Shadow and Bone but still it was greata nd even my dislike of Mal can't take that away You may ask why I don't like the handsome tracker who is willing to give his life for Alina who bleeds when you cut her and tries to protect her at any cost Because he loves only certain parts of her excluding her being a Grisha and the role she has to play in the game of politics and eventually the struggle between light and darkness He loves the girl who grew up with him who followed him blindly and was always in the backround The girl he took for granted But she isn't the same person any and the Darkling is the one to blame The ruthless murderous manipulative Darkling Deep deep inside I hope he will redeem himself that there is still something good worth saving despite the awful things he has done his twisted ways and his greedBut Darkling isn't the only one antagonizing Mal Have you met Nikolai?The witty sarcastic calculative pirate or privateer with a claim to the throne who has a kind heart even though he rarely reveals it? I can’t decide if you’re crazy or stupidI have so many good ualities It can be hard to choose Well after babbling about the men I want to marry that's right men I'm polygamic when it comes to book boyfriends I have to talk about the rest of Siege and Storm It was captivating again not as much as the first book but I can't give it less stars it's physically impossible it sucked you in the world of the Grisha and held you with a strong grip Leigh Bardugo's writing is stunning the world building incredible the tension in the scenes palpable and the evolution of Alina's character well presented Definitely a great seuel to a great series

  2. says:

    The Good1 Alina and her inner dark anti hero2 Nikolai3 Nikolai's face4 Nikolai's clothes5 Everything Nikolai said6 Everything Nikolai did7 The last 10% in which some stuff actually happenedThe Bad1 Mal2 Mal cause I seriously hate that asshole3 The confusing and vague nature of Alina's powers4 MALThe Ugly1 How oddly fixated I am with this strange series and how invested I am in it despite lukewarm pacing and plotting and holes in the worldbuildingAll I want from the next book is the death of Mal That is all Mal please dieThat would be awesome

  3. says:

    This was loads better than the first book I loved the new characters that were introduced I'm digging the direction the plot is going in I'm interested to see what happens in the final book in this trilogy

  4. says:

    Nikolai honey your back must be so sore from carrying that entire book

  5. says:

    how can this book have been so much better than book one or book three and yet still not good? “You just punched a prince Alina I guess we can add one act of treason to our list”I shook out my sore hand My knuckles smarted “First of all are we so sure he really is a prince? And second you’re just jealous”“Of course I’m jealous I thought I was going to get to punch him That isn’t the point” 2 12 stars again Again very mixed feelings so I’m going to start by talking about why this book is BETTERFirst of all way better plot Bigger scope Higher stakes More interesting buildup YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN EVER I know nothing really happens but it manages to be so high tension anyway Not to be all writer y but you can totally tell that Bardugo knows what she’s doing with dramatic tension now She has that shit far in control And also there’s political intrigue with Nikolai and Vasili Except this is the non boring kind of political intrigue I support this political intrigue and not the bad excuse for political intrigue the first book offers Second of all char ac ter de vel op ment I suddenly like Alina I suddenly really like Alina who is exploring her dark side Wish the narrative would let this series get as dark as it deserves to be and will discuss that down belowAs a last note I know everyone says this but I love Nikolai I think my mother might actually be in love with Nikolai This might have something to do with him being the only non shitty guy in this whole love triangular pyramid Mal crossed his arms and considered the privateer I can't decide if you're crazy or stupidI have so many good ualities Nikolai said It can be hard to choose” The thing is this book is a huge improvement over book one but it’s still not really all that good? I will admit on a small note I thought the beginning of this book was kind of shitty A thing happens in the first like four pages that negates everything that happened in the prologue or at the very end of the last book Entire plot points could have been skipped Why → the love pyramid ← All of you failed basic geometry because this is not a love suare it is a love triangular pyramid In which one of the ends is rotted one is also maybe banging a different point of a different triangular pyramid and one has zero chemistry with the point of the triangular pyramid but is so awesome that he’s the best option by default Yeah I don't like this triangle very much Shocker Mostly because the Darkling is a burnt chicken nugget and I hate him and I might actually find his villain y character really intriguing but the fact that he is discussed as a viable love interest on this website is creepy But the issue isn't even really with the love triangle It's with the fact that the love triangle is there to build into love drama that takes away from the seriousness of the plot So let's discuss the real trouble here → all the petty drama ← We Need To Talk About Mal Who is suddenly an asshole and I understand why everyone likes Nikolai better But okay I actually think his motivations make a lot of sense? Yeah he's being a dick but he's not being an abuser as much of the discourse on book twitter has previously seemed to imply More than anything I'm simply bored by him 'Not my type but handsome'My brows shot up In my experience Mal was just about everyone's type There’s this moment where Tamar says Mal “isn’t her type” and Alina is literally like “but Mal is EVERYONE’S type” and although A I call bullshit on that I also think it's absolutely hilarious that B the line is meant to indicate Tamar is a lesbian Okay yeah I actually knew that going in → the real problem ← But the problem isn't even really with Mal Or really with Alina The problem is the narrative of this book just will not let this series get as dark as it deserves to be This series is one about awful characters doing awful things in which the lead is basically slowly losing her humanity and the villain is maybe possibly doing it for the right reasons and the love interest is insecure and the princes are shitty and really no one is doing the right thing and certainly not for the right reasons But it refuses to let itself be this I keep feeling Bardugo come thiiis close to inner darkness and antihero power and then shying away I respect that the YA market a few years ago was very different that we ate up that Zoya makes Alina jealous plotline and weren't so invested in Alina's glorious antiherodom But I really think this series is wasted potential personifiedYeah Those are my thoughts I am not a fan I'm really disappointed in how much I am not a fanBlog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | About

  6. says:

    This rating might come as a surprise after I was so excited to get reacuainted with the Darkling in my early status update However if it hadn't been for the scenes with the Darkling this book would have probably only received one star it's only his characterisation his different layers and let's face it his sexiness that convinced me to rate this at two stars Maybe I could stretch to 25 if I close my eyes and picture the Darkling like thisI usually approach the seuels to three star reads with some trepidation but I confess that my hopes were high for this one Despite the flaws present throughout Shadow and Bone I found it wildly entertaining in parts and a very easy page turner I had also hoped that Alina would mature and grow once she harnessed her power and realised that some things are important than beauty and looks this realisation never came In fact I believe the relationship between beauty and power to be even apparent in this seuel and I struggle to sympathise with a girl who discovers she is incredibly powerful but still can't see her worth beyond her plain appearanceThis I just mentioned is nothing new and was a problem for me in the first installment which has unfortunately carried over into the second However the main difference between the two that overrides everything else and is way bigger than my problems with the beauty issue which I may have otherwise been able to look past is that I found this second book incredibly boring Or I did at least after the first uarter where the Darkling disappears for a huge chunk of the book honestly he is the only interesting thing about this series Gone was the fun I had while reading book one gone was the exciting mystery and sexual tension This book introduced several new characters who I never came to care about whilst also bringing Alina Shallowkova and whiny Mal back into the spotlightMal is a dull character He is whiny uninteresting and I can see no reason why anyone would think the sun shines out of his backside yes even Alina Though saying that he is radiantly gorgeous and I suppose Alina doesn't need any of a reason to put someone on a pedestal I was so bored by their relationship that I couldn't even summon the energy for my standard eyeroll reserved for fictional couples that are annoying I'm not even sure what Mal does for most of this book aside from standing by and being jealous of every man that Alina talks toI admit that I was far less engaged for the second half of the book so if someone would like to come and tell me that something awesome happened while I was away floating on a cloud of not caring that really wouldn't surprise me Most of it was read without interest some bits were even skimmed I think it's fair to say that I won't be returning for the next book Such a shame because I was genuinely very excited for Siege and Storm

  7. says:

    5 starsI really loved Siege Storm I had not delved into the Grishaverse Trilogy since reading book one in 2015 and I am saddened that it took me so long to go back to this amazing worldI definitely struggled with the beginning of this book but I feel it is a reflection of myself instead of the uality of the book I’ve realized that jumping into seuels of books I haven’t read in years via audiobook is a habit I should break as I don’t retain much from the beginning on the story but nonetheless once I finally got engaged I was HOOKEDI love these characters and the way they develop in the second installment I love this world I love the magic system I love the plot I love everything about this book and I am immediately going to dive into book three to avoid what happened at the beginning of this novel XDI apologize that this isn’t the most in depth review – The Grisha Trilogy is one where I just can’t do anything but gush about it

  8. says:

    55 starsThis book was a thousand times better than the firstThe characters have improved the plot has improved It was thrilling interesting intriguing it gave me the feeling that I couldn't put the book out of my hands Anything that Lehigh Bardugo put into the plot in this book certainly helped the story It's as if she saved herself with this plotThe first addition I would like to point out is the pirates I'm not sure what about you but in my opinion when pirates are involved it's much interesting Although this is a bit of a risky matter because a plot with pirates is very critical either it's super excellent or it's bad In this matter the pirates saved Bardugo Mostly Sturmhond which I will mention later Let's talk about the darklingThis fellow is invincible how lovely I'm all for itIf you know me you know how much I admire this character Frankly I think he’s the most intriguing character in this series If it weren't for the darkling these books wouldn't have been interestingIn my review of the first book I mentioned that Alina is a good character but not interesting enough In this book her character is fantastic Everything Alina has experienced made her to be a good character And the biggest credit goes to the Darkling Yes him again Applaud him people he deserves it There’s nothing like a villain who deserves to be a villainNow as I promised there’s another character that I think has made this plot fascinating and his nickname is Sturmhond whose real name we discover in the middle of the book This is a special volatile character totally intriguing I found myself wishing to read about him to know him better It’s so easy to love him and it’s remarkable and commendableI'm not sure if I want to put Mal into this review just as I wish he wasn't in the book I know it sounds cruel but I don't like him And most importantly I don't like his influence on Alina unlike the other characters who surround Alina and affect her whether it's for the worse or for the better it feels to me that Mal just lowers her even further to the bottom On the other hand I do know that if it wasn't for him the plot would have been completely different I don't know if for the better or not and he did help Alina and was there for her Maybe I just hope his character and influence were a little different In the first book he was like a distant figure found mainly in Alina's thoughts But he's an important character in this book and I really wished he wasn't Half of the book Alina worried and thought about Mal which is tiringIn addition I would like to commend Leigh Bardugo for her writing She writes excellently her style is incredible and that makes her books interesting There’s a feeling in the background of a fog that makes everything invisible except what is on your handsI really liked the attention she gave Alina in this book Like I said Alina's character has improved In this book Alina realized that she and the darkling are eually uniue and probably also just as powerful Alina finally believes in her ability and ready to fight the Darkling she even stole his spot lol I was so proud of herAnd I was proud of the darkling too He survives brave charismatic and oh my how much I die for his sensitivity to Alina I don't usually do that but this time I definitely wish they were together They are so matched and he’s so right that no one can understand her the way he understands herI know there are other characters in the book that are worth talking about but I decided not to overdo my reviews because they are always overly long so I'll end the review here thank you for readingPS Oh my God My sweet Jenna???

  9. says:

    ”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”Do you know the song “One to Make Her Happy” from Marue? No? That’s unfortunate because while I read this book I had a horrible earworm and couldn’t get it out of my head I was basically humming it the entire time and decided to change the name from Daisy to Alina I’m sure by now you’re curious about the lyrics and I’m happy to oblige “One to make her happy MalOne to make her sad The DarklingOne to give her good loveThat she never had NikolaiDaisy Alina and her boyfriends Livin’ in a houseSharing just a good life That was four years agoNow Daisy Alina blew the whole show”Very suitable right? lol I swear to read “Siege and Storm” really felt like Alina and I had 3 different boyfriends because seriously who’s able to choose between all those awesome boys? I just love them all for different reasons and if forced to make a decision I’m afraid I couldn’t even choose for the life of me XD They are all great and they all have their pros and cons ; P Still it would be a lie if I’d claim that Nikolai didn’t make me swoon Such an awesome man sighs deeply Then again The Darkling is still hot and Mal is still sweet so URGH See what I’m talking about? lolGuess Alina and I will have to be Daisy for a little while longer ; Hopefully book three will make it easier to choose XD Still the ending of “Siege and Storm” was heavy and I really don’t know what Leigh is going to come up with in the last book I bet she has a lot in store for us and truth be told I’m not entirely sure if I’m ready Haha Seems like I’ll just have to dive into it and find out though ; The characters I’m afraid there will be lots of spoilers in here because the fate of some of the characters really made me go all WOW NO ARGH WHY? So consider yourself warned This is the cupboard door to my spoiler section and if you don’t want to be spoiled you better don’t enter my personal Narnia ; P Alina ”I don’t care if you think I’m a Saint or a fool or the Darklings’s whore If you want to remain at the Little Palace you will follow me And if you don’t like it you will be gone by tonight or I will have you in chains I am a soldier I am the Sun Summoner And I’m the only chance you have” I think I liked Alina in this one She was no longer the naïve heroine and finally started to show her claws lol Hard to say if this was due to the influence of Nikolai or because of what happened with the Darkling no matter the reason I’m still glad she decided to take the reins and did what needed to be done Some might argue that she’s too young for all this but considering how long the Darkling was able to fool everyone around him I think it’s safe to say that Alina really might be their best bet XD The ending however was uite heavy I mean poor girl If she’s already so weak and broken how is the Darkling going to fare? I really don’t know in which direction book 3 will go and because this rarely happens I’m than just intrigued ; I hope Alina won’t die I really doThe Darkling The faint tracery of scars on his face was barely visible like the ghost of a map One ran perilously close to his right eye He’d almost lost it He cupped my cheek with his hand and when he spoke his voice was almost tender “They’re just the beginning” he whisperedWOAH Well the Darkling was uite a surprise in this one I always knew that he’s ruthless and prone to cruelty; I didn’t expect him to go all DARK though lol I think it might have to do with what happened at the Fold and I’m pretty sure that he lost the grip on his own darkness It’s just a theory but in the first book it was him who controlled the darkness and guided it to do his bidding and I think that this changed drastically Now it seems like the darkness got a hold of him and is consuming him in order to achieve its goals Would explain why he’s so drained by the nichevo’ya he creates Still I can’t really hate him for what he’s done because he’s just a too good villain and I always appreciate a good villain when I see one lol Hmm maybe he can still be saved? Mal ”Easy now Mustn’t get blood on the uniform Let me explain – ““Try explaining with my first in your mouth” Haha Mal I can’t help but like that boy His honesty is so refreshing and the fact he never bothers to filter his thoughts is very entertaining lol Even after finishing the second book I still don’t get why so many people seem to hate him He’s a nice and decent guy and I think everything he said and did was justified Yes he didn’t have to drink himself senseless and gamble in the bars but it was his only way to deal with his situation and you can’t really blame him for it At least I don’t Life is tough we all have our vices and try our best to deal with the cards that we’re given It’s obvious that he loves Alina than anything and it’s also rather plain that this love started to destroy and poison him Plus Alina really wasn’t the most understanding person So yes I still like Mal and I’m not sorry about it 3 ”And there’s no way I’m leaving you alone with Prince Perfect”“So you don’t trust me to resist his charms?”“I don’t even trust myself” Nikolai I blew out a frustrated breath “Do you ever answer a uestion directly?”“Hard to say Ah there I’ve done it again”OH BOY Nikolai is so awesome I can’t even 333 Yes I’m having a crazy fangirl moment here but seriously what’s not to love? This guy is amazing and I just love everything about him His attitude his cunning plans his many different faces his compassion and passion Well basically everything that comes out of his mouth lol Leigh truly outdid herself when she created this wonderful man and I’ll be forever thankful that she wrote him down on paper 3 I love that he has principles and rules he lives by and if things would have gone my way Vasily wouldn’t even have gotten close to the throne It’s obvious that Nikolai is the best choice and I really hope that there’ll be something left of Ravka once he’s able to rule Still right now I don’t know what happened to him and this is such a mean move lol Leigh what happened to Nikolai? Guess I’ll have to read the last book soon XD ”Now that’s a word best not used around me I tend to be overfond of risk” ”You never improvise” I said “Everything you do is calculated You change personalities the way other people change hats And you know what? It’s creepy Aren’t you ever just yourself?”“I’m a prince Alina I can’t afford to be myself” ”When people say impossible they usually mean improbable”Genya ”She and David stay behind the group She can’t move very uickly” He paused “The pilgrims call her “Razrusha’ya” The Ruined” My poor poor girl TT I can’t believe that the Darkling did this to her She didn’t deserve this Just because she helped Alina to flee? It’s not fair and I would have expected better from the Darkling I mean I know he’s the villain but Genya was so loyal to him and that’s how he thanks her? My poor Genya I just want to hug her and tell her that everything will get better and that she’s still the most beautiful woman of Ravka 333 I really hope David will do all those things because if not I’m going to kick him in his skinny behind lolThe shipsAlina The Darkling ”He can’t wait to get away from you” I said hovering by the door “He’s afraid of what you’ve become They all are”“Do you fear me Alina?”“That’s what you want isn’t it?”The Darkling shrugged “Fear is a powerful ally” he said “And loyal”The moments between those two were rather short in this book and I really would have loved to see of them together They had such a nice chemistry in “Shadow and Bone” and despite everything Alina still seems to be drawn to him Well the Darkling certainly has an irresistible allure Can’t blame her for it ; P Still I hope I’ll get of them in the last book because they are just too intriguing together XDAlina Mal ”You wanted to wear the second amplifier You have it You want to go to Os Alta? Fine we’ll go You say you need the firebird I’ll find a way to get it for you But when all this is over Alina I wonder if you’ll still want me”Aww those two killed me It’s like they just can’t be together because the entire world and their own fate is against them Alina can’t hand over her responsibility because she’s the only sun summoner and basically the only person who’s able to stop the Darkling and Mal can’t be at her side because he’d be like Icarus getting too close to the sun TT He doesn’t understand her powers and the need to use them and even though he doesn’t get it he still decided to be with her Right now I really see no way how their relationship could be able to work out I mean it’s not like Alina will stop being Grisha and Mal can’t stop being a tracker as well sighs It’s such a muddled situation ”Why didn’t you say something?”“What could I say? And when? I barely see you any”“I thought you wanted to go”“I wanted you to ask me to stay” Alina Nikolai ”What’s a pirate doing on a whaler?” I asked“Privateer” he corrected “I have several ships The Darkling wanted a whaler so I got him one”“You mean you stole it”“Acuired it”“You were in my cabin”“Many women dream of me” he said lightly as he steered me down the deckNow those two LOL I lived for their conversations I swear Nikolai is so so damn awesome Did I already tell you how much I love this man? I’m sure I did Haha Well the chemistry between Alina and Nikolai was amazing as well and I can’t say how much I loved it that she wasn’t swooning and drooling all over him like everyone else XD She saw him as a normal person and that’s what made their scenes so perfect I think my favourite moment was the encounter at the lake and the fact that Nikolai turned her down because he knew she’d only use him as a make do I love this man I really really do 333 For some reason I doubt that Alina will end up with him though ”The Darkling will hunt you for the rest of your days”“Then you and I will have something in common won’t we? Besides I like to have powerful enemies Makes me feel important”Mal crossed his arms and considered the privateer “I can’t decide if you’re crazy or stupid”“I have so many good ualities” Sturmhond said “It can be hard to choose” ”And what are you doing to be useful your highness?”“I’m a prince” said Nikolai “Being useful isn’t part of my job description But” he added “when I’m not lazing about being handsome I’ll be trying to better euip the First Army and gather intelligence on the Darkling’s location” ”I want to kiss you” Nikolai said “But I won’t Not until you’re thinking of me instead of trying to forget him”ConclusionOnce again I was hooked until the very end and once again I couldn’t help it and already started with the next book even though I didn’t even write my review for this one I guess it’s safe to say that this series is really enjoyable and entertaining especially now that Nikolai entered the scene ; PI can’t wait to read about him and I want to see so much of all of Daisy’s Alina’s other boyfriends love interests as well lol So all I can say is Happy Reading I hope you’ll love “Siege and Storm” as much as I did ;

  10. says:

    425 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️“When people say impossible they usually mean improbable” OH YES BABY THAT'S THE SHIT I LIKE TO SEEAnd this how a very thorough and serious review begins everybody Take a seat and enjoy after this mini break for the plot summary 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 She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for longThe 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 stormThis book has left me in want for the next one WHAT AN ENDING MAN This book was exhilarating intriguing action packed character driven addicting etc It held so much depth than its predecessor it was basically the better version of the first book The world was fascinating the politics immersive and the characters developed Alina Her character certainly grew in this book From this weak frail insecure girl who envied everyone around her couldn't fit in and didn't know how to manipulate her power she became a strong woman who could lead and harness her power to protect her country Her inner battle with the darkness she was feeling creeping in was very interesting to read about and it made her character much than this one dimentional girl she was in book one Don't get me wrong she was still unlikable to me and not compelling enough to be the lead of the book but she gained much appreciation in my eyes after this book I'm looking forward to see what her character has to give Mal Ugh Where to begin I DON'T FUCKING LIKE HIM AT ALL I can't stand his fucking personality This dude bothers me so much I can't even fathom it What does Alina see in him? He's so boring predictable demanding insecure and selfish He was unbearable in this book I didn't mind his character at all in the first book I just didn't have any interest in him It's like he didn't exist But in this book he annoyed me to death I regrettably know Alina is gonna end up with him and I'm so disappointed She should have ended up with the next KICK ASS character I'm gonna talk about FUCKING NIKOLAI LANTSOV Here I am introducing you MY CURRENT BOYFRIEND I love him I love him so much I want to cry THANK YOU Leigh Bardugo FOR THIS GEM OF A CHARACTER Look this series doesn't really rely on characters it relies on the beautiful world the politics and the magic But it's ok you know not every book is about characters But this character came in and changed the game HE'S SO 3D He's funny witty interesting compassionate determined a true fighter who do anything for his country and who never backs down even though he's been through lots of shit I feel this series finally introduced us to a full on three dimentional character and I'm so happy I wasn't expecting the twist that Sturmhond was Nikolai I was pleasantly surprised I knew the existence of this character long before mostly because of Six of Crows and the new duology that is about him I've already purchased the book even though I haven't even finished the Grisha Trilogy BUT WHO GIVES A FUCK but I thought we wouldn't see him in this trilogy How happy I am to have been wrong The romance Nah The romance in this book is the least thing I cared about It was much impactful in the first book but in this one it was totally stale Something was about to happen when Nikolai came in the picture but we all know he ain't got no chance WHY ALINA WHY At this point I don't really care who she ends up with her with Mal don't tickle my pickle her and the Darkling is hot but wrong and her and Nikolai just won't happen After all this book isn't centered around characters and their relationships and shit So idgaf The plot I truly enjoyed the fact that this book was much fast paced than the previous one it had content to provide its readers The first 100 and the last 100 pages were it for me whereas the middle chunk of the book was about planning and scheming the end battle The first part of the book which was at sea was certainly my fav everything that happens at sea is my thing I loved the magic system again I loved the gorgeous and fulfilling world and I loved the angsty politics I hope the next one will provide me the same gratification and even All in all I enjoyed this book much than the first one and I'm going into the third and final book fully prepared It was a fast paced and fantastic read which introduced me to my next bae and kept hooked to it every single minute I'm anxious for the ending to be honest and I'm also anxious for the next series Well then till the final book in this series K BYE