Book REVIEW: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo


9781780621845Title:  Ruin and Rising
Series:  The Grisha Trilogy #3
Author:  Leigh Bardugo
Publisher:  Indigo
Published:  June 2015
Language:  English
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  370
ISBN: 9781780621845



Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, YA.

Average Goodreads rating: 4.18

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.



My Rating and General Opinion


Yes!haha It finally surprised me!!
This got better, action packed from the first dark moments and really fast paced!

The Writing

Like in previous books it was good, it kept you reading but mainly because the story that was being told. I didn’t feel captivated by it but I ended up shedding a tear…

The Story

The story had to end, I will miss some characters but I liked how the story ended even if it wasn’t dark enough.
I’ve had this sensation from the beggining of the series, but even if these are targeted as YA and are represented mainly with YA and NA characters, it still reads like “young/middle grade”, maybe it’s all of the fairytales or the lack of real darkness… I don’t know, just my humble opinion. but by the end I finally found myself tearing up!

The Characters

Like on previews reviews my crushes still lived long and adventurous lives!! (Mal, Sturmhond, Tamar and Tolya, David… even Zoya)
I ended up having a big crush on Nikolai, him personality definitely grew on me and I was too sad about his new situation and the fact that he’ll never be the same again…
Mal as always, my favorite character (along with Sturmhond) didn’t surprise because he was faithful to himself. I do admire him and feel for him but I didn’t think he was gonna face that ending (the one he had always wanted). And I was as surprised as Alina to know of his lineage, I knew he was especial and I suspected from the beggining just how especial he could be but I would have never though he was related to THAT character!!
I liked to see at the end of the villain’s life the stupid face he had, the fact that he couldn’t see, didn’t understand and the realization that everything was over and he was all alone again, except he wasn’t (must give this one to Alina I don’t think I would have done the same…)
What about Tolya?? Slowly (real slowly) he began to open up and just the glimpses I got from the pages made me love him more. Even at the end he was still hopeful that he wouldn’t have to part from his saint…
And then we have got our Saint Alina… I still had some problems with her, sometimes just her dumbness/stupidity made me angry… but I wouldn’t have wanted her to end the way she did either. It wasn’t bad and it was probably the best thing that could have happened to her in the long run but still…


Maybe we’ll get to see some of the new order they installed in the grisha world in the Six of Crows duology… I wouldn’t mind at all!


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