Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book Review: Ruin And Rising (The Grisha #3) by: Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: June 17, 2014
from Henry Holt & Co
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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."

My Thoughts:

I put off this book for a while and I’m kinda regretting it because this was such a good book. This was the PERFECT way to wrap up this series and I can’t think of a single complaint. This world is so rich and vibrant and this book is easily my favorite of the trilogy.

Alina is such an incredible heroine and I adore her. She has really come into her own in this one and taken the Saint title in stride. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and she handled it well. She is willing to make tough choices and do what is right for the greater good. Then there is Mal who I absolutely adore. I am so so in love with Mal. He is such a constant in this one and his devotion to Alina is incredible. I love those two so much and it hurt watching them go through everything knowing that they are both destined for different things. This book ripped my heart to shreds over and over again. I know Mal isn’t everyone’s favorite, but he is my favorite character in the series.

The book also delivers such a great cast of secondary characters. Of course Nikolai is wonderful. And I have a super soft spot for David. He is such an awkward adorable cutie. And what would this review be if I didn’t mention The Darkling. He is such an incredible villain. I never got the appeal with him as a love interest of any sort BUT he is a truly great villain.

This world is so captivating and truly wonderful. The story keeps you engaged and the twists really caught me by surprise. Some of those twists nearly destroyed me. This book really put my heart through the wringer, but in the end it was all worth it. Because the end was perfect.

Ruin And Rising was a great conclusion to The Grisha Trilogy. This was the best way to say goodbye to these characters and I’m definitely going to miss them.


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I didn't have the same experience with this one but I'm definitely in the minority there. The choices that were made really drove me crazy I believe. I agree though that the characters meant a lot to me. Excellent review!

  2. I have this series on my reading pile, so I only skimmed this review and I'll have to come back another time; but I'm happy to see your last line and know that this is a great conclusion! I look forward to meeting these characters even more now that I know you love them :)

  3. It's been so long since I read this series! I miss Alina and Mal. I def liked him and appreciated their relationship.


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