Review: Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

5 stars


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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 Non-Spoiler Thoughts

Where do I begin? This is an epic finale to one of my new-found favourite series. There is action, love, and everything else that makes fantasy so great. Endings of series can be difficult, they can also be disappointing, but this was far from any of that. This was exactly what I needed and more so to complete this trilogy. One thing about many endings is that they can tend to veer too far from the original premise of the story and leave you confused about why it differed with the beginning so much, but this book ended like the punch line to the best joke ever. It made sense, but it wasn’t too obvious you would’ve guessed it from the beginning.

If the reason you haven’t picked up the finale is because you are afraid of the Grisha world ending don’t be, Leigh has more to come in this exciting world as her next two novels will be set in the same world. Leigh Bardugo is an excellent story teller and I cannot wait to read more books from her.

Review of the first Grisha book Shadow & Bone 
Review of the second Grisha book Siege & Storm

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