Darkness rises in ‘Siege and Storm’

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Darkness rises in ‘Siege and Storm’

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“Siege and Storm,” the second installment of the Leigh Bardugo Grisha series, continues with Alina Starkov’s avoidance of the Darkling and pursuit of the amplifiers, objects that enhance the possessor’s power.

When a privateer betrays the Darkling and escapes with Alina, the nation’s only hope to destroy the darkness, the Darkling reveals new powers that jeopardize the existence of Ravka. Desperate to find the remaining amplifiers, Alina turns to unexpected allies for help.

However, there’s always a cost when an amplifier is attached to its possessor. As Alina immerses herself in dark magic and hidden secrets, she distances herself from her best friend Mal, fearful of his reaction to her sudden desire for power.

Soon, Alina must choose between saving herself, her loved ones and the future of her country, aware that one mistake will cause the destruction of everything she loves.

“Siege and Storm” is a fast-paced novel of self-discovery and decision-making, demonstrating that “darkness never dies” and “some things are unavoidable.”

This novel is recommended for ages 15 to 18 due to graphic violence and descriptions. Readers will wonder if good always triumphs over evil.