YA Review of Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Age Range: 14 and up

Series: The Grisha (Book 3)

Genre: Fantasy

Print Length: 432 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (June 17, 2014)

Source: Library

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Leigh Bardugo is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm.
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. 

My Thoughts:

The thing I like about this series is that the story didn’t morph into
something unrelated to the initial concept. It’s one big story, broken
into three books. It’s been such a long time since I read Siege and
Storm that I had a difficult time remembering who some of the minor
characters were. It didn’t bother me too much since I got sucked into
the story anyway. Leigh Bardugo knows how to capture her readers.

I loved the progress that Alina made, up to a point. Some of her
decisions were selfish, but for the most part, she cared about her
country and tried to do the right thing.

I’ve never been able to like Mal, and I still didn’t in this book. I
felt like he didn’t deserve Alina. But then again, in some ways Alina
didn’t deserve him. I found Nicolai’s fate very interesting. I adored
him in the last book and I still loved him in this one. I was
disappointed that the author decided to have the characters pair up the
way they did. I really wanted this book to be clean, and it almost was.
There is some sex in the book, and it’s mostly non-descriptive. Even so,
I would only recommend this book for older YA readers.

Overall, it was a riveting and mostly satisfying ending to a great series.

Content: Violence, non-descriptive sex, kidding, mild language.

4 STARS

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