Book Review – Ruin and Rising

Book: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha 3) by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: June 17th 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Reading Format: Paperback
Rating: 3,5 out of 5 stars

Untitled Goodreads / Shadow and Bone (book 1) / Siege and Storm (book 2)
There might be hints towards spoilers for this book in this review. It was hard reviewing this book without spoilers. And there can be spoilers for the first two books in the series.


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.


This conclusion to The Grisha trilogy satisfied somewhat. However there were some things ending wise that I wasn’t super happy with. Overall the book headed towards the final battle fine, though somewhat slow at the start with Saint Alina. Due to one of the side characters being changed into something we lost the person that could lighten the mood easily at times or who could lighten up Alina at times. I did feel that throughout the book, and it felt he was so easily discarded to dispel the love foursome that had been set up in the previous book. Untitled

As for the ending, I felt a little iffy on the actual battle scene. It felt a bit short. Also there is the issue of the third amplifier. Before the final battle we discover what or rather who the third amplifier is. Looking back I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by it, but I didn’t quite catch it while reading. But I liked this twist. While I do like the effect the amplifier had on not just the battle, but also the world, I did not agree with how the amplifier was dealt with. Like so many books these days, authors can’t seem to make the hard decisions to kill of characters permanently. Yes it would have been heart wrenching, but it would have felt more real. To me at least.

Despite that I did enjoy how the book was wrapped up after the battle was done and the epilogue. With how things ended with the final battle I think it fitted. I understand Alina not wating to be in the public eye anymore after everything. Poor Nikolai though.

The love I had for the Darkling in the first book I kind of lost in this third book. I feel at this point I would have liked to have known more about him than we did. While we got those scenes with him and Alina, I don’t feel we really delved into him in anyway. Offering his name on a platter like that didn’t really work for me. I did like getting to know Baghra’s backstory and her connection to the amplifier.

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