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A Fantastic Follow Up: Siege and Storm

12 May

In April I reviewed the first book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse series. Siege and Storm picks up a few months where Shadow and Bone (book 1) left off; we follow Alina, Mal, and even a few new characters in their efforts to save Ravka. 

Book two is just as filled with action as the first one and doesn’t suffer from the second book slog that some trilogies have. Bardugo’s narrative is still just as strong as it was in the first book and her characters as just as full as life as ever.

New to the second book is the introduction of Nikolai and it is easy to see why he has become a fan favorite for those who have already read the series. 

One of the aspects many will enjoy about the series is that the antagonist doesn’t linger in the background. He makes frequent appearances and is always in action in one form or another and not made to be a threat to be hidden in the background.

Siege and Storm is a fantastic follow up and is one that will keep readers on the edge of their seats! You can borrow it in print or as an ebook from eLibraryNJ or eBCCLS.

Stay tuned for next month’s review of the final novel in the trilogy!

Written by:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

Read Shadow & Bone Before the Streaming Premier!

21 Apr

April means many things to many people. To some, it’s the sign of the Easter Bunny coming with chocolates and sweets. Others might see it as the start of spring, warmer weather and vibrant gardens. 

But to many others, April 23 brings the premier of the Netflix adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s YA fantasy, Shadow and Bone, also know as the Grishaverse series. So for the month of April, I will be reviewing the original trilogy for this premier.

The first book in the series, Shadow and Bone, introduces us to the world of Ravka and our protagonist, Alina Starkov, a soldier and map maker entering a shadowed scar on the world known as the Shadow Fold, filled with only monsters and darkness. It is while there that she discovers and learns to control a newfound power.

The narrative is done through first person and Bardugo does an excellent job of letting us experience things through Alina’s eyes while still keeping things interesting and fresh. The magic system is simple enough that those new to fantasy will understand it, but interesting enough to add just enough flavor to the story and world.

So whether you’re just curios about the series as a whole or wish to read the books after watching the show, Shadow and Bone is one that I can firmly recommend. You can borrow it as an ebook from both eBCCLS and eLibraryNJ and in print from BCCLS libraries.

Written By:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

Don’t miss our exciting live Zoom event tonight: Meet the Author Book Talk with Chip Cheek, author of “Cape May”! Wednesday, April 21, at 7 pm EST
In honor of National Library Week, best-selling author Chip Cheek will present a Virtual Book Talk/ Meet the Author event tonight (Wednesday, April 21) at 7:00 pm to discuss his popular debut novel “Cape May.” Chip will read passages from the book, describe his writing process and the inspiration for the book, and answer your questions. This program will be hosted on Zoom, so registration is required.

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