“A few dim memories flashed through my mind. A shallow dish of cooked beets, the slippery feel of them between my fingers as they stained my hands red.”
See here for a Siege and Storm inspired borsch recipe.
Siege and Storm continues Alina Starkov’s journey to master her new found powers as the Sun Summoner while chasing a legendary creature that could magnify those powers. News of the Sun Summoner is out, though, and thrones are vying for her strength. Alina must choose which side she is on.
The second installment of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy is a heartbreaking story of cost and sacrifice. As a suspenseful sequence, I’m struggling to say much without giving away everything, especially for those who haven’t even read the first book yet. And so, without further ado…
Spoilers begin here. You have been warned.
I love Mal and Alina together, the way they look out for one another and just their friendship that makes up the meat of their relationship. They are connected to one another so much so that the Darkling tells Alina, “You two make it so easy. I prick him, you bleed.” Mal struggles with Alina’s new position, though, and for once does not “bloom where he’s planted,” as Alina claims he always does. In fact, the inverse becomes true. While Aline has “always been more of a weed,” she blossoms at the Little Palace the more she’s able to practice her powers. While Mal is resourceful, strong, and stubborn, he becomes useless and weak at the Little Palace. He’s always been the big fish in a little pond, but the pond just got much bigger and he falls apart then grows apart from Alina.
I’m convinced that there’s no way this trilogy can end well for the two of them.
Click here for my review of book one, Shadow and Bone.