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Let me start out by saying that I am now 100%, fully into this series. That's not something that comes easily to me. I tend to steer clear of multiple-work series because a) I probably won't keep up with them as they come out because I just don't have the time or energy to commit myself to every first-in-a-series that I read, and b) I never want to dethrone Harry Potter from its pedestal (and now that I think about it, HP might be a contributing factor to why I don't read much fantasy). For the Grisha books, I am anxiously awaiting the advent of the concluding book in paperback form - I'd like to have at least one series with matching editions to pretty up my bookshelf. I'm vain like that. For someone who is offput by time investment required to read all series, I sure own and read a lot of them.
Siege and Storm is the sequel to Shadow and Bone, set in a world where magical elements can be manipulated and ultimately used as weapons as well as to better the world. With a strong minded and realistically imperfect narrator, Siege and Storm flows naturally and is what I would classify as an easy read. I mentioned before that the premise reminds me of Avatar: the Last Airbender? That still holds true - even more so now. I was astounded at how moving and relatable it was to read about the Alina apart at the seams. This seems like a common way to take the plot in the middle of a series, and it's left me hanging off the edge of my seat for more. The thing about reading from Alina's point of view is that you're constantly thinking, "Alina! Don't do that thing! You know you're not supposed to, and you know nothing good can come from it!" while also knowing that she's going to do it anyway. Like I said, stubborn. Very enjoyable and richly detailed series that fans of A:tLA and Maggie Stiefvater-like stories will enjoy.