The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction - and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for. Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.
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Ruin and Rising is a beautiful and emotional ending to a fantastic trilogy. I absolutely loved this book and I could not put it down. I lost a lot of sleep over this one and I must say it was well worth the sleepless nights. Much like the previous two books this was a rich story with well-developed characters and plenty of plot twists and turns.
The final installment ties up many loose ends and comes to an absolutely satisfying conclusion. Although many were disappointed by the ending (mainly the love story) I thought the author did a wonderful job of pulling off a love quadrangle. There was never a “clear choice” for Alina and I believe the story came to a logical and satisfying ending.
I cared so much for these characters, including the villain; he was so cruel, calculating and absolutely evil but I still found him completely mesmerizing. Kudos to Bardugo’s brilliant writing!
I’m sad to let this story and these characters go, but I look forward to more from such a talented author.
5 HUGE stars!!
When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo is the third and final book in the Grisha trilogy. It completes the story of Sun Summoner Alina Starkov and her fight against the Darkling. In it Alina and her group of trusted friends must escape from the Apparat and his ragtag army of religious zealots, and track down the third amplifier, the firebird, before confronting the Darkling. Along the way, Alina learns more of Morozova’s background and his secrets.
I enjoyed Ruin and Rising far more than Siege and Storm, which suffered from middle book syndrome and patchy pacing.
What I liked
The Russian style setting. As in the previous two books, Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm, I loved the world that Bardugo has created for her characters. The writing and descriptions really give a feel for Russia with a twist.
The characters. We’ve been with these characters for three books now, and I appreciated the way they’ve grown and developed throughout the series. Their changing relationships were also very well drawn. Who would have guessed meeting Zoya in book one just how much Alina would grow to rely on her? I liked that their experiences have left their marks on our characters and that they were not the same people we met in book one. I was particularly sorry not to be able to follow the continuation of Nikolai’s story – I think his ongoing challenges – both personal and political – would make an interesting sequel.
Theme of friendship. Alina and The Darkling are contrasted in that the Darkling having lived a long time and lost everyone close to him is very much alone. Alina on the other hand has a group of friends whom she trusts and who have her back. This theme of strength in community is prominent in this book.
The ending. I really liked the way the ending blended the predictable – the truth about the third amplifier was pretty apparent throughout the whole series – with the unexpected. Yet even the unexpected was plausible, and well within the internal logic of the story, no deus ex machinas here. It also fits nicely the theme of loyalty and friendship overcoming tyranny.
The narration. Once again I loved Lauren Fortgang’s narration. She gave individual voices to each of the characters and brought them to life.
What I didn’t like
Alina’s kickassedness. At one point in the story, when Alina’s situation is pretty bleak, she put on her big girl pants and decides that she’s if she’s going to die, she’s going to go down fighting, dammit, in the manner of other YA heroines such as Hunger Games’ Katniss or Divergent’s Tris. I really liked this. However, that kickassedness isn’t maintained throughout the rest of the book. The rest of the book is more about a group of misfits joined together by friendship to bring down a tyrant. That is also good, too, but I was a little disappointed that Alina didn’t kick butt.
I did enjoy the conclusion to The Grisha Trilogy and gave Ruin and Rising four stars out of five.
YES. It's an excellent ending to an excellent series. It ripped my heart out and crushed it and then put it back together and man oh man, I loved it.
I was going to say Alina, but I have never-ending love for Nikolai. He's so charming and lovely, but deep and thoughtful. He's just a good guy and I appreciate that in a story. He just wants the best and is the best.
Lauren Fortgang is freaking awesome. She does the russian-esque pronunciations excellently, and she gives life to each and every character.
When they figured out the last amplifier, my heart broke and I cried and cried and cried.
I recommend this series to every single person I know who likes reading. I even bought these books in hardback so I could potentially lend them out to people. Seriously, it's just damn good.
Love a good book with a great storyline, read by a captivating voice.
I love this series and was over the moon happy with the wrap up. It's rare that you are left happy when a series you really enjoy ends but i am happy that LB added so much detail to the finality of the MC's lives after the battle was final waged. You should really give this series a go.
I adore this series. Love love love love it. Can't wait to read more by this author!!
My only complaint, and it's tiny, is that the reader mispronounced a couple of the words (like hexagonal) and changed how she said the names a few times. It's just a little distracting, really a tiny thing. I loved her in general and the voices she did!
EOD wife and loving mother!!!
There were times the story was a little dull, but overall I enjoyed it. Everything came together for a nice conclusion.
Just a book fool.
This sad sorry excuse for an ending to the epic adventure that (was) this story makes me want to... what... cry? WHATEVER.
I can't even believe this was the same author.
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