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[Waiting on Wednesday] - #27

     Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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   Author: Leigh Bardugo
   Release Date: June 4th, 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.

My Stance:

     This week is a book that takes a broody romance further. A world in which sorcery and magic is partially what I expected, however twists my imagination around to fit a more cruel and dangerous world. Siege and Storm sounds just fabulous and I can't wait to pick it up, I am not sure when I am going to get around to it though. The first book Shadow and Bone, I managed to travel to Anderson's Bookshop and visit Leigh Bardugo and get the book signed. It's my desire to try to get this one signed as well, and I hope she visits soon after the release.

    This book picks up shortly after Shadow and Bone, Alina and Mal are on new land and fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity. What draws me to this book and sticks out in the synopsis is the fact that Alina feels traumatized by the people she killed in the Fold. It's not some game to her, and the reality she caused that much pain and suffering eats at her.

     The main problem I had with Alina in the first book was how much was spent on her running away from the problem. In this book it sounds like she turns that around and starts to grow and pursue the real issue. She could save her country but the question comes with what cost? Mal... However I dislike this as well; why is it that every hero or heroine must sacrifice their loved one to save the greater good? Isn't there some middle ground where both manage to live in peace and happiness? In the dystopian world, I guess not.
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