Title: Ruin and Rising (#3 in The Grisha trilogy)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publish Date/Publisher: June 17, 2014/Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover – Library
Genre: YA – Fantasy
Awards: Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2014)
!Synopsis May Contain Spoilers!
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.
But, oh, I loved Ruin and Rising!! I am so ashamed I thought about dropping the series.
I read this straight through because I could not put it down! The plot was fast, intriguing and just amazing.
I fell in love with so many characters, and my love for the characters in the last two books grew! There were so many relationships between our characters that made me swoon. A lot of the background characters became vital to this plot, which I really did love. There were some deaths in this book that made me cry but in the end, I learned that loss is a part of life. The world building was spectacular, and I could not have asked for more.
Nikolai and Mal were such great characters, I just love them (Team Nikolai or Team Mal?). I liked how we got some younger characters, and not just the older ones. Alina had such great character development, and she never annoyed me once.
The ending to this series made my heart smile, and I could not be happier! I enjoyed being in this world and with the characters, and I will miss that. (But we have another series! Woo!)
Leigh Bardugo just has a special way with words.
Five out of five stars to Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo.