Ruin and Rising


How did you get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm


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 was very late to this series, I admit. But I have to also admit, I kind of love that I’ve been able to power through this series without waiting for the next release. At the beginning of this year, I said that I wanted to start the Grisha trilogy. Little did I know, it completely captured my attention and now I’ve finished it, with still five months of the year to go! Woo hoo!

It being so new out, I really don’t want to ruin Ruin and Rising for anyone that hasn’t read it yet, so fear not, this is a spoiler free review.

Ruin and Rising
is fast paced and well written. I was gripped every time I picked it up, despite being really busy around the time I read it. It didn’t take me long to become engaged and immersed in the Grisha world. The series finale is full of action, deaths and some twists.

Alina has grown so much throughout this trilogy. She really is one kick ass character, and definitely one of my favourite female leads. Mal has annoyed me throughout this trilogy. I think it’s just because I find him forgettable, especially compared to The Darkling. The Darkling is one of my favourite characters of a series. I just found him so intriguing and in Siege and Storm, he wasn’t in it nearly enough for me. I’m sad to say that this is also the case in Ruin and Rising. I think I just got far too attached to the character!

Leigh Bardugo’s writing is as amazing as ever. The world building is incredible. I’m so intrigued to read more from this exciting author, because she made me so engrossed in fantasy. Fantasy doesn’t always interest me, and the fact that I devoured this whole series within months says it all!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars. For some reason, I just can’t give this ending a 5 stars. Don’t get me wrong, it was an absolutely brilliant ending to the trilogy- it just isn’t a 5 star read for me personally.

Fans of The Grisha Trilogy really need to read this conclusion. If you haven’t started The Grisha Trilogy then get buying Shadow and Bone even if you’re not into fantasy. It’s a fantastic world that you just need to immerse yourself in!


6 thoughts on “Ruin and Rising

  1. I really enjoyed this series. And I love when you don’t discover a series until all the books are published! Binge reading a series is sooo much better than the painful waiting each year for the new book haha

  2. I totally agree with you about The Darkling; he just wasn’t there enough. Although I have to say that when he WAS on the page, I had so many emotions going on so maybe his absence was a good thing??

  3. Your review inspired me to give this series a try! I’ve seen the first book many times and the description didn’t really make me want to read it. Your review made me realize I’ve missed out on something good. I downloaded book #1 last night.

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