Ruin and Rising

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Series: Grisha, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,660 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Leigh Bardugo (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Weak "heroine"

A series about a selfish girl who continuously chooses the life of a boy over the fate of the world.

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Bleh

I tried to enjoy the characters but couldn’t care less what happened to them in the end. The Darkling and Nikolai who brought a spark to the book were far and in between.

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The narrators voice..

The narrators voice was so distracting her lisp?? Or just the way her voice ends a word. I couldn't handle it. I cringe through.. skipping ahead just to know the conclusion. It wasn't as prominent in the earlier books. The story was good but I was more just distracted.

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Frustrating Disappointment

I could get through it. So that's something. The characters are NOT believable at all!

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Heartbreaking in the best possible way...

I had read the books years ago, and decided to listen to the audio books now, as well, as a way to become reinvested in this amazing story before delving into Leigh Bardugo's new book, "King of Scars." And I am so very glad I have.
One day I read a random blurb from a random book titled Shadow and Bone when I was perusing the aisles of a small bookstore, and I bought the book on a whim. I had never heard of the series, or even the author for that matter. Now, however, I consider Shadow and Bone to be the book that sparked this need inside of me to read all the time. After I read Shadow and Bone, I went on to read 60 books in just over two months. And I haven't slowed much since. That is thanks to Leigh Bardugo and this beautiful world she created.
I experienced elated devastation when I finished reading the series, but I got to experience it anew with the audiobooks. The narrator, Lauren Fortgang, is a favorite of mine anyway, but I truly don't think anyone else could have come close to her perfection in regards to this series. Her ability to project the kind of feeling and emotion necessary for a story like this is second to none. It wasn't just the story that had me in tears, but the depth of Lauren's ability to make me feel how the characters felt. Alina Starkov needed Lauren's voice to tell her story. And now that I am about to listen to Nikolai's story, I am-thanks to Lauren's amazing talent- firmly reconnected to this world of Grisha that began my obsession with all things magic. I couldn't be happier in this moment.

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certainly better than the other two!

lauren fortgang does a wonderful job of narrating a pretty good book. HEAPS better than siege and storm but just as fun as shadow and bone.

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💩💩💩

This was so bad, I really didn't like it and story was handled so poorly.

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This story is not super special, but it's ok.

I feel like Sarah Maas writes very similarly, but I prefer her stories over these.

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Better, worse

Better than the first book in the trilogy, not nearly as good as her second series.

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loved every minute of this story

I always enjoy Leigh Bardugo's writing. And the fact that every story like this is unique.

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  • sam
  • 02-23-19

Interesting End

The book was pretty good. The secondary characters and world building are definitely the best part of this series. As a finale it was pretty entertaining. Lauren Fortgang does an amazing job! Loved her narration!

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  • Emma (Star Crossed Reviews)
  • 12-28-18

Things will never be the same!

After the last book, I was so eager to carry on with the story but I also didn't want it to end so I wanted to drag this last book out for as long as possible.

Alina is in hiding again but things are different. She's not alone and there's something wrong with her powers. Again she is both frustrating and badass in this book. She is not a natural leader. All she's wanted her whole life is to be loved but now the fate of Ravka lies in her hands and she's not sure she's the one for the job

Mal is so much less annoying in this book. It's like he's finally realised that there's a lot more on the line than just his feelings. He realises there are people that need saving and just gets on with doing his bit.

While this may be the last book in the trilogy don't think that Leigh will go easy on you. Oh no, this book will swallow you whole, rip you up and spit you back out. You will never be the same again when you read this book. Leigh broke my heart when she did what she does to Nikolai. Literally ripped it into teeny tiny pieces so that it will never, ever be whole again.

This series not only got into my heart but also under my skin. It's one of those series that once you start you realise why everyone is always talking about it. While I was immensely sad to be at the end I was very excited to start the Six of Crows duology and I am counting down the days until King of Scars is released and I can be back in this world.

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  • Sassy
  • 06-25-20

Amazing trilogy

Gripping from start to finish, enjoyed every minute of these amazing books, listened to them all 3 times

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  • miss n l a brooks
  • 04-25-20

Took a while to get going

Took a while to get going. The second half and end were stronger. Look forward to the TV adaptation.

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  • Eimear
  • 03-29-20

Ending a trilogy right

I really liked this book, it was a satisfying end to the trilogy and wasn't super obvious like a lot of fiction of it's sort.

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  • Mr D
  • 12-03-19

Fantastic

I loved the whole series of books the characters are fantastic and the story is Brilliant. If you like his dark material's it's easily on a par with those books.
it's a shame I've finished them. I look forward to reading (listening) some of Leigh's other books.
the Narrator of this series was also very good really engaging and does justice to the characters and the story.

thanks, it was my pleasure 😊👍

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  • SLLee
  • 10-29-19

Irritating voice

Daughter thought narrator too annoying to finish listening. She prefers it when I read to her.

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  • N. D. Taylor
  • 06-27-19

Could have been so much more

Much like many other books in this genre, this series was full of padding (read: unnecessary side stories) and not enough complexity. Oh, how I’d hoped that there’d be a twist in the tale around the darkling but he was simply allowed to go on as a straight forward villain, nothing unexpected in any way. And Alina and Mal....sigh. How boring and predictable.

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  • P REID
  • 10-24-18

Nice.. But

Storey nice but could have covered contents in 2 books . toio much padding for me

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  • Charlotte Horemans
  • 07-01-18

Worth it.

loved it. an amazing story told with an amazing voice bringing alive the characters from the page, making you cry and laugh.

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  • Rebecca
  • 08-25-20

I am ruination

fantastic audio book quality and performance.

Push through book two so that you can read this book!! It's thrilling, and fun and the characters are likeable, it's everything that book two wasn't. The ending is a bit disappointing but it's mostly satisfying. Four stars because I had a lot of fun reading this book and shed a tear at the end. I thought that I would remember this series bitterly after book two, but I will remember it fondly.... now onto more grishaverse adventures!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-19

loved it

loved it such a gripping tale and there were definitely some twists I didnt see

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  • Lou
  • 02-01-19

Absolutely phenomenal.

A stunning story read beautifully. Lauren is impeccable as always, and brings Leigh's story to life.

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  • Paperback Princess
  • 12-15-18

amazing

Ruin & Rising is the conclusion of the Grishaverse trilogy. Performance is amazing and I found myself wanting to listen to this more so than what I am currently reading.

The Characters are amazing and I loved every single one including the Darkling. I enjoyed there was dinension in all the characters. They were simply not just villain and hero, each hero and villain had good and bad qualities about them.

reallly enjoyed this trilogy.

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  • Ashley
  • 12-05-18

Fun but flawed trilogy

The narrator was absolutely amazing like she always is, but such a disappointing Deus ex machina ending! All the problems are solved and death doesn't matter!

I think the author struggles with endings. Similar to the previous book, everything happens all at once and then is wrapped up very quickly within the last two chapters.

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  • Ayla
  • 01-06-18

Exceptional

One of the absolute best narrators for an already beautiful story. A story I will be reading again and again and again.

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  • Alison
  • 04-16-17

loved it

the narration is perfect and lifts the story to a whole new level. i love the language and story and the conclusion is wonderful