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Review, Young Adult / June 7, 2013
Siege and Storm by Leigh BardugoSiege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2
Publisher: Indigo
Date: June 2013
400 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Fantasy
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Darkness never dies.

Alina and Mal are on the run. Hunted and haunted, but together at last, they can’t outrun Alina’s past or her destiny forever. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and he needs Alina to realise his dangerous plan. There are others who would like to use Alina’s gift too. And as her power grows, somehow, she must choose between her country, her power, and her love – or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

SPOILER ALERT

Siege and Storm is a fantastic sequel to last year’s debut Shadow and Bone. In fact, it was even better. It had everything I loved about the first book—the world-building, the incredible characters, the immersive writing—and more. My heart! This book is truly epic, filled with oodles of imagination and entertainment. read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / June 3, 2013
Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoShadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #1
Publisher: Indigo
Date: June 2012
305 pages
Source: Review copy from publisher
Genres: Fantasy
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Originally published in the UK as The Gathering Dark.

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

I originally read this book when it debuted last year and loved it. Shadow and Bone had everything I wanted in a fantasy—a uniquely imagined world, fantastic characters, and great writing. After having the pleasure of re-reading the book recently (thanks to the lovely team at Indigo’s 2-in-1 mega ARC), I need to caps, bold and add an exclamation mark to my original assessment: I LOVED IT! I know it’s hard to imagine, but it was even better the second time around. read more

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By: Daphne