{Effie Reviews} Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Posted September 14, 2014 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising

by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #3
Published on June 17th, 2014
by Henry Holt & Co.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin & Rising, Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm

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.

4.5 Stars

Ruin and Rising was AWESOME!!!!! I could not put it down once I started reading, I just needed to know how the trilogy would end and what would happen to everyone. So now because this is the last book, I’m not going to go on and on about the story itself, because I’ll spoil to much for future readers.

As always the world-building, characters and overal plot was awesome, and I admire Barugo for creating the Grisha world and everything in it. Everything weaves together so perfectly and it just keeps drawing you in makes you desperate to keep reading until the very end. I also loved the character development in Ruin and Rising. And the ending (not the epilogue), oh my Goddess the ending was just heartbreaking! I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the Darkling, he’s just one of those villains you just can’t hate or depise. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him and how everything ended for him.

As for the epilogue with Alina and Mal, well it was sweet that’s for sure, but I am still not loving their relationship. I don’t know what it is, but Alina and Mal just don’t fit together in my eyes. And I can’t seem to get over the fact that Alina would’ve fit better with Nikolai (Sturmhond), or hell even the Darkling if he hadn’t died. Oh well, can’t have everything I guess.

The characters on the other hand were all awesome. I loved Alina, because she kept growing through the course of the books and even more in Ruin and Rising. As for Mal, towards the end I started to like him, he’s not as bad as I thought he was, even though he’s still frustrating at times. Nikolai was still his sassy, awesome self. And then of course the other wonderful characters like Taram, Tolya, Baghra, Genya, David and even Zoya! All of the had their parts in the books and each of them was wonderful. And of course the Darkling himself, I still adore him and I was so sad to see him die. He’s the villain I can’t hate.

Conclusion: this trilogy was an amazing read and definitely re-read worthy. And now I can’t wait to read the upcoming book that also play in the world of the Grish, The Dregs. So exciting!!!!


About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows (awarded starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, SLJ, and the BCCB) and the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, 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.

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