SIEGE AND STORM
Epic and wonderful. The second book in Bardugo’s noteworthy trilogy extends beyond the first in all the right ways — challenging the reader, presenting real moral quandaries set against a fantastical background. A completely engrossing second book in a trilogy is rare, and this exceeds expectations. The setting shifts often enough to keep readers engaged, new characters are well developed and Alina remains relatable even as her power grows.
Alina and Mal escaped the Darkling once, but their freedom is relative and hard won. An encounter with the Darkling forces them to return to Ravka, the country they abandoned. Alina is a reluctant hero, but she knows her destiny as the Sun Summoner is the key to her people’s salvation. (HENRY HOLT, Jun., 448 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780805094602, HC, 12 & Up)