Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
★★★★★ (5.00)
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy

(This is the third book in the The Grisha Trilogy. You can also  find my review of the second book, Siege and Storm. Spoilers may be found below.)

Summary –  The capital has fallen. 14061957

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.

Initial Thoughts – This series has been absolutely amazing adventure. Everything was near perfect, from the lovable characters to the intense plot.
Plot – ★★★★★ Once I sat down to read this book, I could not stop. I never expected the plot twist halfway through and Bardugo tied together everything perfectly. I was (heartbrokenly) content.
Characters – ★★★★★ Alina has an amazing character arc throughout this series of acceptance and confidence. I loved all of the other Grisha we grew closer to in this novel and, of course, Nikolai.
Story world – ★★★★★ In this novel, we learned more about the surrounding nations and the rocky alliances between them. We also discovered more about the powers of the Grisha and how the lines between them can be blurred.
Style – ★★★★★  Bardugo has one of those styles that is so clean that you don’t notice it. It’s not super flowery, yet she somehow describes everything well.
Closing Thoughts – This book was everything I wanted and more for the end of the series. Now I just need Crooked Kingdom. (*cries for days*)
Recommendation – Recommended for lovers of wild adventures, amazing friendships, and difficult decisions.

(summary and cover from GoodReads)
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