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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Siege and Storm is the second book in the Grisha Trilogy and picks up right where the first book, Shadow and Bone, left off. Like its predecessor, this installment contains Russian-inspired folklore, clothing, and words, and there's some violence (hand-to hand combat, knife fights, and encounters with flying monsters called volcra and other demon-type characters) and compelling romance (no sex beyond flirting, but Alina and Mal live together at the beginning of the novel). Some older teen characters drink wine.
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What's the story?
After surviving the terror of the Fold and the Darkling's wrath in Shadow and Bone, Alina must choose her destiny -- will she be a Sun Summoner or a Grisha? Danger and death await her at every turn, including her desire to be with Mal, her childhood friend. But the bad boy Darkling keeps leaving her confused about her romantic feelings. Along the way, she meets new people and makes new friends, as well as enemies. But throughout it all, Alina becomes stronger and more assertive in her power and character.
Is it any good?
Author Leigh Bardugo brings readers into a magical and fantastical world filled with adventurous scenes, thrilling romance, courageous characters, dastardly villains, and vicious monsters. Bardugo's writing is solid and original, and from the first moment to the last, readers will be swept away. A new mysterious male character enters the picture, leaving Alina wondering who she really loves. Unfortunately, the enigmatic Darkling who tore down Alina's walls in Shadow and Bone is physically missing for the majority of the novel. However, there's much to swoon over in this novel ,and it will definitely leave readers anxiously awaiting Book 3 and forming alliances: Team Mal,Team Darkling, or Team New Guy?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Grisha Trilogy. Did you read Shadow and Bone? Does Siege and Storm live up to the first book?
Alina is torn between Mal, the Darkling, and a new character. How does the romantic conflict propel the story?
How does Alina compare with other strong female characters you've encountered in books?
- Author: Leigh Bardugo
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Fairy Tales, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Ocean Creatures, Wild Animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
- Publication date: June 4, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
- Number of pages: 448
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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