Book Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I am not ruined. I am ruination.

YES! I loved it. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo gave me all the things I wanted from it. There was just one small thing I was not happy with, but okay, whatever!

Book Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo


Title & Author: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Release Date: June 17 2014
Series: The Grisha
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company


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.

I gave Ruin and RIsing five out of five stars. I loved it! Leigh Bardugo finished of a great series with one big explosion. But she also gave me the idea that she is too scared of letting go of her darlings. She sacrifices Mal for this big explosion, but then after the explosion has happened and things are subsiding, he is all of a sudden alive again!

I got so annoyed with this fact, but soon got to let go of my annoyance. I loved the end even though the two people I would not have shipped together. It is just so well written! Most of the time I could forget the things that bothered me.

Nicolai is awesome as ever and seems to end up to be a great ruler.

Alina is changed by the events of Seige and Storm and this influences her a lot during Ruin and Rising. She basically has to start over learning how to access her powers. I like her growth here. She later also gets over her obsession with the third amplifier. She also figures out how to (mis)use her connection with the Darkling, I love to hate that guy!

I enjoyed reading this series. I like a story that is set in a completely different world from ours, which makes me wonder on why I never picked up these books. How stupid am I?

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For now, let books enrich your life!


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