Siege and Storm
By Leigh Bardugo
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805094602, 448pp.)
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Darkness never dies.
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, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The 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.
Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, gew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she hides out in Hollywood, where she indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as a makeup artist in Hollywood. She can occasionally be heard singing with her band, Captain Automatic. Her first novel, Shadow and Bone, was a New York Times bestseller.
Praise for Siege and Storm:
"Bardugo populates her fully realized world with appealing threedimensional characters and an involving plot that keeps a steady pace. . . The buzz will be big." -- Booklist
"Bardugo builds on strengths she brought to the first volume, including a richly crafted fantasy world with its own twist on magic, a surfeit of handsome leading men, and plenty of teen-appropriate romantic angst." -- The Horn Book
"Scheming and action carry readers at a breathless pace to an end that may surprise them and will definitely leave them panting for the series’ conclusion." -- Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Shadow and Bone:
ABA New Voices Pick (1st half of the year)
Indie Next list
Amazon June Best of the Month list for Teens
Amazon June Best of the Month list for Adults
Apple Best of June promotion
LA Times summer reading list
PW Flying Start (7.9.12)
NYT Bestseller list
“Mesmerizing. . . . Bardugo’s set up is shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for.” —Laini Taylor in The New York Times Book Review
“This is one book series you want to get hooked on.” —Seventeen.com
“Set in a fascinating, unique world rich with detail, Shadow and Bone was unlike anything I’ve ever read. Alina is a clever, sympathetic character I will gladly follow into the next installment—which can’t come soon enough!” —Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author of Divergent
“I loved it! This is just my kind of fantasy—rich, satisfying, and gorgeous, laced with heart-pounding action and pitch-perfect romance. The characters—protagonists and antagonists—are layered and complex. I’ll be thinking about it for a good long time.” —Cinda Williams Chima, bestselling author
* “Fast-paced and unpredictable, this debut novel will be a hit with readers who love dark fantasy. . . . Bardugo creates a unique world complete with monsters, magic, danger, romance, corruption, and extravagance.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Filled with lush descriptions, intriguing magic, and plenty of twists, this memorable adventure offers action and intrigue mixed with an undercurrent of romance and danger.” —Publishers Weekly
“Bardugo weaves a captivating spell with lushly descriptive writing, engaging characters, and an exotic, vivid world. Readers will wait impatiently for the next installment.” —Booklist
“Readers will be rooting for this lonely, tough heroine as she navigates perils physical, magical, and emotional.” —BCCB
“A rich fantasy landscape, an inspired magical structure, and a gratifying emotional hook keep the pages whirring.” —The Horn Book