Review: RUIN AND RISING by Leigh BardugoRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #3
Also in this series: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm
Published by Macmillan on June 17th 2014
Pages: 432
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Monsters
Also by this author: Six of Crows, Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm
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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.

Reading time 4 mins

This book destroyed me. I should just leave it at that, but I realize you might be wondering if it was in a good or a bad way. Ruin and Rising is the final book the The Grisha Trilogy, and it had a lot to follow up to. I LOVED Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm so I had HIGH hopes for this finale.

This story picks up right where Siege and Storm left us. We start in the tunnels of …um, somewhere, and the Apparat is in charge of Alina. She hasn’t seen daylight in so long she can’t summon. It took a long time for anyone to make a move to get out of there because the damned Apparat was holding zealous followers to Sankta Alina against them. By the time they figure something out, I was so ready to get out of there. This part of the book was frustrating and created a lot of angst for me.

The good news is that it gets better from there. When I say better, I mean more action. Not that the characters are safe. They are so NOT safe in this book. The Darkling is ruthless in this book, but Alina has a few tricks up her sleeve. They go on a quest to find this mythical bird. Did anyone see that coming about the third amplifier…? I sure didn’t. Well, to admit more is just too spoilery. Let’s just say, it is not what it seems. From that point on, I can say almost nothing about this story. Everything might be a spoiler.

The world in these books is something I cannot get over. This story takes us into even more parts of the world and I found myself flipping back to the map so I could see where they were. The dress is a bit less formal in this story, sorry to say. There was one scene that talked all about clothes and made me exceedingly happy. The author continues throwing in words that are Russian-ish, and they might be completely made-up, they are more frequently used in this story. Although there was a bit of a summary given about how the characters got to certain point, there is really no way you could just pick this book up and enjoy it. You must read the first two books in this series.

This book destroyed me like only great fiction can. I cried so hard I couldn’t read at times. I had happy and sad tears. I groaned aloud at things that happened and I held my breath so many times, but especially as they, well, let’s just say towards the ending. I didn’t want this book to end, so I read it slowly. I think it made the slower parts seems to go on forever. Looking back I can’t really say I was willing to give up on this series resolution. How could I possibly?

To Leigh Bardugo, I just want to say: Thank you for sharing this story with the world. You ripped my heart out with this adventure, but I loved every minute of it. You made me cry. You made me laugh out loud. You made me hope against hope for the boy and girl to be safe somewhere. You made me envision a world I would almost sell my soul to visit in real life. You made me care about fictional characters and then weep so hard I couldn’t see the page in front of me. You did this this because you are obviously a gifted genius, and an evil villainous. 

I just love this series. I don’t even know if this review is coherent. If you like YA Fantasy, and you haven’t read The Grisha Trilogy, you definitely should!

My Rating

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The Grisha Trilogy

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.

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