Ruin and Rising

In YA Book Reviews on March 19, 2015 at 9:25 pm


by Leich Bardugo

YA Fantasy/©2014/434 Pages/The Grisha #3/Recommended for 7th Grade+

Publisher’s Comments (Courtesy of 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 Thoughts:

I loved everything about this book, as I did the other two books in the series. I especially enjoyed and appreciated her writing style. Leigh Bardugo is an absolute master of description and dialogue. She is also pretty darn good at plot and character development. The main characters evolved as the story progressed, but the secondary characters also developed more depth, thus providing more than just a few truly memorable and unique characters. The plot is darker and even more complex than the previous two books in the series, and quite the page turner. Too many plot twists and OMG moments to count. How it was all going to end was always in question, and with each turn of events, I had the nagging feeling that I wasn’t going to like it. But like it, I did. I must say that this is the most satisfying ending to a trilogy ever! I was surprised at how things were resolved, but all the loose ends were tied up and I was not disappointed.

My Rating: 5/5

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Bardugo’s Next Series: The Dregs #1 coming October 6, 2015

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