Siege and Storm, the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy (which began with Shadow and Bone), continues the story of Alina Starkov. As she goes from army grunt to the Darkling’s most treasured fighter, Alina is showered with luxuries . . . and danger.
Intrigue, magic, epic-ness? Check. Droolworthy descriptions of gorgeous, Russian-inspired apparel? Double-check. Here are some of the outfits we imagine Alina, the Darkling, and Mal sporting at the Royal Court.
Alina was once just a normal girl. An orphan. Nothing special. That is, until she discovered she has the rare ability to summon sunlight — a boon for the Ravkans in their battle against the monsters of the Shadow Fold. Alina joins the Grisha, Ravka’s elite magical army. But once she’s at the Royal Court, isolated, under pressure, and separated from her best friend Mal, a forlorn and increasingly dark Alina falls under the spell of the Grisha leader.
Here’s what we imagine Alina might wear to a typical Ravkan ball, as she dances in the arms of the Darkling:
If you’re going to have a commanding title like “the Darkling,” then you better have a wardrobe to back it up. Mysterious, sleek, and cool, the Darkling is a bold leader with eyes and ears all over the Royal Court. And there’s nothing more devastating than a well-dressed man with an air of danger.
The antithesis of the Darkling, Mal is Alina’s childhood friend. Straightforward and compassionate, he may not have Grisha power running through his veins, but Mal can still put up a good fight. While Alina is entranced by the Royal Court’s lavish trappings, Mal stays true to his vision. Here’s what we imagine he would wear if he were accompanying Alina to a ball. I think we can all agree less is more.