Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Ruin and Rising

Image result for ruin and risingTitle: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: 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.


“You never know,” said Nikolai. “I’ve been busy. I might have some surprises in store for the Darkling yet.”

“Please tell me you plan to dress up as a volcra and jump out of a cake.”
“Well, now you’ve ruined the surprise.”

See my reviews for the first two books: Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm.

Okay I liked this a lot more than I had initially expected, considering there have been so so many mixed reviews on this finale. To be honest, I kind of decided I needed a break from this trilogy, so I read a bunch of other books and I wasn’t sure when I wanted to read this but then I saw it on OverDrive and I was like “hey, why not?” How is it that all my recent reads have been three stars lately? Just a quick reminder three stars does mean I liked it, and I don’t dislike this book, but I do dislike parts of the book – for sure.

It must be admitted that there are literally a thousand ways the ending could have gone, and the choice can’t have been an easy one for Leigh Bardugo. Of course, a lot of people are all vouching for the most ideal ending.

Also, the Darkling has been portrayed in a major part of this series as the bad guy, the evil guy, the guy who has no mercy, etc etc. Then why all of a sudden is – as it seems to me – that the author is trying to justify the Darkling’s evilness – right towards the end? And that Alina herself may be trying to justify it. LIKE I DON’T UNDERSTAND.

DESPITE THIS, I still loved so many parts of this book! All the banter and basically every scene which Nikolai was in because he’s basically the best and I cannot wait for King of Scars to come out and I. Just. Can’t.

Nikolai clapped his hand on Mal’s shoulder. “It’s good to see you, Oretsev.”
The smile Mal returned was genuine. “You too. Thanks for the rescue.”
“Everyone needs a hobby.”
“I thought yours was preening.”
“Two hobbies.”

At the same time, the ending wasn’t bad, but it was disappointing?!! And what was the most disappointing thing? It’s a huge spoiler so I can’t really say but I’m going to put it in white text: spoiler> the Darkling’s death, or more like, how the Darkling died since he kind of had to die in the end anyway <spoiler… I’m also kind of disappointed about Alina’s future at the ending. I don’t know I guess I expected more, although looking back I guess it is kind of predictable.

But there was still so much action and madness and shock wow – the twist that is coming…you will not see it coming. I don’t think anyone saw it coming. Is it possible to see that coming? 

As you can tell there are a lot of mixed feelings about this book – not just from me – but for a lot of people all over the Goodreads reviews. But I still love the whole Grisha world, and I love it in this trilogy and I love it in Six of Crows and I look forward to loving it in King of Scars and (hopefully many) anymore Grisha books Leigh Bardugo decides to write! I’m also thinking of picking up Language of Thorns sometimes soon since I’ve seen it around on my OverDrive, so maybe you’ll see that review sometime this summer 🙂

What did you think about the ending? 

Speak soon!

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