Participating in Blog Tours gernaly make me utterly excited. But… when I was asked to join the Siege and Storm Blog Tour I was actually gasping for air.. and then.. when Leigh send over the Guest Post I was freaking out about this epicnesss!

(I kind of like to exaggerate in case you didn’t know.. but in this case it’s the truth! .. )


Today, we have some amazing Character Introductions for you which will get people excited who haven’t read Shadow and Bone yet (seriously?) and also for those who are such epic fans like us!!


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Name: The Darkling

True name: Unknown. For now.

Most frequently found wearing: Black and only black

Occupation: Leader of the Second Army

Skills: Summoning darkness to blind his enemies, using darkness to slice his enemies in half (the Cut), generally doing bad things to his enemies. He’s also a living amplifier—his power can be used to strengthen the power of other Grisha.

Likes: Giving orders.

Dislikes: Taking orders.

Inspired by Flagg, Raistlin, Jareth the Goblin King

Frequent fancasts: Sean O’Pry, Ezra Miller, Ian Somerhalder, Shiloh Fernandez

“The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak.”

Comment from Leigh Bardugo

The biggest challenge in writing the Darkling is that he reveals so little of himself. I have to walk a line between the information he chooses to disclose, and the secrets people like Alina guess at based on his behavior. But I also love writing him for the very same reasons: He’s a creature of extraordinary power and nearly perfect control. I like trying to make the reader wonder which cracks in that control are real and which are feigned.

Photo Credit, image above: Ardawling

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Photo Credit left: Kyra Photo Credit middle: Irene Koh of – Photo Credit right Cheri Nowak



Name: Zoya Nazyalensky

Most frequently found wearing: Blue and silver

Line of Work: Squaller (Etherealnik)

Skills: The ability to raise or lower the pressure in the air to create and direct currents and storms

Likes: Being the best

Dislikes: Upstart peasants

Frequent Fancasts: Katie McGrath, Megan Fox, Phoebe Tonkin

“I find the lower classes have a certain rough appeal.”  

Comment from Leigh Bardugo

It would be easy to hate Zoya. She’s snide and snobby and too hung up on status. But I like her because she doesn’t play nice. She isn’t interested in accommodating people or putting herself out for anyone. Also, her loyalties are based on power and principle, not affection. Zoya starts out as a typical mean girl, but nothing in Ravka is ever quite what it seems.

 Photo Credit aboveChantalle

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 Photo Credit left: Cassie – Photo Credit middle:  Yoonona



Name: Baghra

Most Frequently found wearing: a kefta of indeterminate color

Line of Work: Teacher at the Little Palace

Skills: Baghra is an amplifier of extraordinary power, the nature of her specific Grisha gift has long been forgotten

Likes: A warm stove, whacking students with her stick

Dislikes: The cold, whiners

Frequent Fancasts: Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep

“And there’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.”

Comment from Leigh Bardugo

I always imagined Baghra as a particularly vicious ballet teacher. Better than anyone, she knows what the stakes are when it comes to war and she drives the Grisha relentlessly in their training. She can be a challenge to write because I’m always tempted to soften her, but I believe her moments of kindness or even seeming kindness should be hard won.

Photo Credit above: Kyra


 Photo Credit: Yoonona

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Siege and Storm by 

siegeandstormSeries: The Grisha #2
Published by  on June 4th 2013
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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.



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Siege and Storm Blog Tour Schedule

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Siege and Storm Trailer


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And now, thanks to Macmillan I have an awesome Giveaway for you guys! One lucky one can win a Paperback copy of Shadow and Bon plus a shiny Hardcover of Siege and Storm. Giveaway is US/CAN only. Just enter the Rafflecopter below and Good Luck!!


Much Darkling Love,


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Emily Ward 5/22/2013

Baghra is awesome. This series is full of such dynamic and interesting characters.
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Christine H 5/22/2013

I haven’t read Shadow and Bone yet, but my students keep urging me to, so this might be the perfect time to get started! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Christine H 5/22/2013

Oh, and I love this line about Zoya: “Zoya starts out as a typical mean girl, but nothing in Ravka is ever quite what it seems.” Just delicious and mysterious!

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Viki S. 5/22/2013

Haven’t read this series yet but they all seem to be a bit rough.

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I love how they were all unique. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Jenny 5/22/2013

You have no idea how excited I am for Siege and Storm. As always, I love finding out anything about the Darkling (though do like Mal much more…), but am particularly interested in Zoya, especially Leigh’s comment that nothing is what it seems.

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Mary @ BookSwarm 5/22/2013

But that’s not quite how I pictured Darkling…in my mind, he’s a bit older, a bit more worn and a lot more dangerous looking. He’s got to be a hard character to write, since he is so mysterious and yet knows so much.
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Vincent 5/22/2013

I loved Shadow and Bone, and I can’t wait for Siege and Storm. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Suz Reads 5/22/2013

I love Leigh’s comments about the characters! I learned what she thinks about them and a little about her writing process! Thanks for this amazing post and giveaway! I would love to win!

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Heather C. 5/22/2013

I learned that Megan Fox would definitely make a good Zoya & that I’m also torn between Meryl Streep & Helena Bonham-Carter to play Baghra, lol.
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Megan M. 5/22/2013

This series kicks so much booty!

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Yay, I loved this post! Seeing the character profiles like this was so much fun, and the commentary from Leigh Bardugo was a nice bonus. I heart Baghra! I’m getting SO excited for this book!!!!
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Jenny 5/22/2013

LOVE THIS POST!!!!! Even after everything that’s happened with the Darkling, I still love him. He’s just so fascinating, I want to spend all my time trying to figure him out, and that both excited and frustrates me because I know even if I do dedicate all that time, I will still never have the answers. So brilliant:)

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I loved Shadow and Bone and love seeing characetrs imagined in flesh. Great post!
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Jamie .M 5/22/2013

I Have not read the series yet but the characters all seem interesting.

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Josie 5/22/2013

Zoya Looks to be an amazing character and of course Love love love the darkling!
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kimbacaffeinate 5/22/2013

Ya know I won book one from ya’ll and I really need to read it. Holy Guest Posts..i would have been dancing too, wonderful post and it totally has me wanting to read them both..thanks!
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Ohhhh anything about Siege and Storm just makes me so happy!!! It was SUCH an amazing book :D
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Elyse 5/22/2013

Someday, I want to cosplay as Zoya. She’s such an awesome mean girl :)

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magan bagan 5/22/2013

It’s always kind of fun to know that how you picture a character is the same as the author or other readers, and that’s how it is with Baghra for me.

So excited for Siege and Storm!
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Erin P 5/22/2013

Loved this first can’t wait for the second!

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Ash 5/22/2013

Thanks so much for this giveaway! Really enjoyed the character profiles. :D Leigh does a VERY good job keeping us guessing about the Darkling, which I love and hate at the same time, haha.

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Alice 5/22/2013

Thanks for the giveaway! It was interesting to learn what Leigh thought about each character in comparison to what I thought. :)

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Vivien 5/22/2013

I love how she finds it hard to reveal some of Darkling’s character without giving away too much. I bet that’s so difficult!

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Ashley Nicole 5/22/2013

I have been dying to get my hands on a paperback copy of this amazing book! I just know Mal’s letter is going to shatter my heart into a thousand tiny little unrecognizable pieces. I am so anxious to to read more about Alina’s incredible story. The book sucks you in and when you reach the final period on the last page you’re at a loss as what to do next. You crave more and now finally we have the opportunity to have more of this amazing story and complex characters.
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Marleigh 5/22/2013

I haven’t read this series, but have been meaning to pick it up. I have heard so many great reviews about these books.
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This made me really excited: The Darkling…True name: Unknown. For now. :) Also, I can totally see Baghra as a ballet teacher, of the worst kind! Love it! Great insight!
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bn100 5/22/2013

like the pics for the characters

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Stacie Cruz 5/22/2013

I haven’t read the book yet, so reading the description of the characters was very interesting. Can’t wait to read the series!

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Len D. 5/23/2013

Hellooo, Darkling.. Hihi.

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I love the Darkling. I hope eventually we get to see more layers of him. Not that he isn’t already a complex character, but I wonder if he’s more than just evil.
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Alyssa Susanna 5/23/2013

Hmm… the Darkling is a little more commercialized than I thought? I mean, YUM, but I just had a different vision of the Darkling. Like, COMPLETELY different vision. But that’s okay! To each their own :D

Thank you!
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Dayna 5/25/2013

Sadly I haven’t gotten to read Shadow & Bone yet. I had it rented from the library a few times but at the time I had over 25 book out and it was only a week rental & I forgot to read it before it was due back (its been reserved every since *sigh*)
This would be an awesome contest to win! I’v been dying to read these!
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victoria 5/25/2013

Ughghghgh The Darkling does things to me

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Genevieve 5/26/2013

I thought all the characters sounded quite interesting (:

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Kamla L. 5/26/2013

I haven’t started the series yet but I have Shadow and Bone sitting on my night table rearing to go. I definitely have to read it before June 4th to be ready for the Siege and Storm release.

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Bookish in a Box 5/27/2013

I learned that Zoya has really amazing powers (like Storm from X-men). Controlling the weather would be a really neat ability!
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Kira 5/27/2013

Wow, I am very honored to have my work chosen for the character profile. S&S and spectacular looking forward to R&R!!!
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Bibliotropic 5/27/2013

I love seeing little details of characters’ lives like this. It adds layers to them that aren’t always found in the canon material, or at least not always so readily available.
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Kayla C 5/27/2013

I actually avoided the character info because I haven’t gotten the chance to read these books yet, which is why I’d love to win them :)
Thanks for the giveaway!

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WanderlustBooks 5/27/2013

Learning that Katie McGrath was the fancast….That pleasantly surprised me because it it so fitting!
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Joni Patterson 5/28/2013

I loved taking a better look at Baghra’s character. The Darkling is so mysterious… I’d envisioned him a little more dark/brooding than the first picture group shows, but I suppose the presence in the way he was acting would make a difference, too. Thanks for the giveaway! ^.^

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Selene 5/28/2013

I want more Darkling on the next book *w*!! Only a week away!
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Sophia D 5/28/2013

Thank you so much for doing this giveaway…the first book was amazing!

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Cali W. 5/29/2013

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I learned more about my favorite character the Darkling. <3

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Ashley S. 5/30/2013

Thanks for the awesome giveaway, and for hosting this blog tour stop!

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Asma 5/31/2013

I loved Shadow and Bone. The characters were awesome. Especiallt the Darkling and Genya! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Valeria Andrea 6/1/2013

Reafirmed my likeness for Helena Bonham as Bahra! Just picture her, it would be awesome.

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Sue 6/2/2013

I learned that its legit The Darkling is hotter than the sun.

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Jaime Lester 6/3/2013

I find it all interesting! It is always a favorite thing for me to read an authors perspective on their characters. It puts a new spin on my own thoughts about them. And it also helps me dig deeper into the story, so I can find out the secrets of them. I like that she said you never really know if the Darkling’s shows of weakness are to his benefit, or completely accidental. I really am so excited about this second book. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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OMG Danny you must be so happy with this fantastic guest post sent to you by Leigh, this is AWESOME! I’m yet to see a guest post prior to this one with this much detail and in depth look into her characters, I absolutely loved it and wish that she had written more on other characters LOL

I learnt so much about the characters, just helps me picture what they are more like and not just my POV whilst reading the book, but how Leigh wrote them to be :D

Thanks for the generous giveaway too :)
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I love getting more insight into the Darkling, I liked that Leigh mentioned that he’s all about control. And he choses what he wants others to see
Thanks for the chance!

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