Siege and Storm: The Grisha Trilogy, Book 2

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Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media
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Shadow and Bone sequel steps up love triangle.

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Educational Value

Just like Shadow and Bone, this second book in the Grisha Trilogy is inspired by Russian folklore and mythology. Politics, religion, and court intrigue remain a staple as well.

Positive Messages

Strong messages about the value of friendship, love, family, trust, and loyalty.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Throughout Storm and Seige, Alina fights a battle within herself to not give in to the Darkling's intoxicating power and her destiny as a Sun Summoner. She wants more than anything to protect the people of Ravka and her friends, including the new friends she makes along her journey. She knows the difference between right and wrong. She's a strong and courageous role model for young women. Even when darkness creeps in and all hope seems lost, Alina doesn't give up hope of being a Grisha. She puts others before herself. Mal also continues to be a solid hero who stands by the woman he loves.


People are killed in hand-to-hand combat, knife fights, and from flying monsters called volcra, and other demon-type characters.


Mild flirting. Alina and Mal live together at the beginning of the novel.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine is consumed by the main and secondary characters who are older teens as well as adult characters.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Siege and Storm is the second book in the Grisha Trilogy and picks up right where the first book, Shadow and Bone, left off. Like its predecessor, this installment contains Russian-inspired folklore, clothing, and words, and there's some violence (hand-to hand combat, knife fights, and encounters with flying monsters called volcra and other demon-type characters) and compelling romance (no sex beyond flirting, but Alina and Mal live together at the beginning of the novel). Some older teen characters drink wine.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymaevey May 31, 2020

My favorite in the trilogy.

there are a few kisses and more violence than the first book.
Teen, 15 years old Written byDoodles3 June 25, 2018

Love Triangle?

When I saw that the review said this book was a love triangle I wasn't sure I wanted to read it because most of the time I dislike love triangles. However... Continue reading

What's the story?

After surviving the terror of the Fold and the Darkling's wrath in Shadow and Bone, Alina must choose her destiny -- will she be a Sun Summoner or a Grisha? Danger and death await her at every turn, including her desire to be with Mal, her childhood friend. But the bad boy Darkling keeps leaving her confused about her romantic feelings. Along the way, she meets new people and makes new friends, as well as enemies. But throughout it all, Alina becomes stronger and more assertive in her power and character.

Is it any good?

Author Leigh Bardugo brings readers into a magical and fantastical world filled with adventurous scenes, thrilling romance, courageous characters, dastardly villains, and vicious monsters. Bardugo's writing is solid and original, and from the first moment to the last, readers will be swept away. A new mysterious male character enters the picture, leaving Alina wondering who she really loves. Unfortunately, the enigmatic Darkling who tore down Alina's walls in Shadow and Bone is physically missing for the majority of the novel. However, there's much to swoon over in this novel ,and it will definitely leave readers anxiously awaiting Book 3 and forming alliances: Team Mal,Team Darkling, or Team New Guy?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Grisha Trilogy. Did you read Shadow and Bone? Does Siege and Storm live up to the first book?

  • Alina is torn between Mal, the Darkling, and a new character. How does the romantic conflict propel the story?

  • How does Alina compare with other strong female characters you've encountered in books?

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