Siege and Storm is the second installment in Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha trilogy. The story begins, not exactly from where the first book ended, but it picks up right when Mal and Alina had escaped from the Darkling at Novokribirsk. As of now, I can't honestly really tell which of the two books I enjoyed the most, but I am undoubtedly stating that Siege and Storm is more intense than Shadow and Bone. It contains more twisted components, and a balanced mixture of fantasy and romance. It's got enough pounding action and twists, but it also has an admirable amount of heartwarming intimacy between some of the characters.