Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising is the third book in the Grishaverse and the final book of the Shadow and Bone trilogy.

We last saw Alina after she barely escaped from a confrontation with the Darkling. Now she is in hiding, protected by the zealots that worship her and think she’s a Saint while the Darkling is ruling from Ravka’s throne, in the royal family’s absence.

Alina’s power to summon the sun is gone, which isn’t surprising when she is trapped miles below ground for her own protection and hasn’t seen the sun in months. She’s being isolated from everyone by the Apparat and is discovering that this sanctuary may be more like another prison.

Alina needs her trusted group of Grisha and friends to help her not only to escape and find an outlaw prince that she hopes to still be alive, but to also find an ancient, mythical creature called the fire bird.

Ravka and Alina’s allies are headed towards another disastrous war and Alina may be the only one that can stop them and destroy the fold.

Using the fire bird as an amplifier may be the only way to save her country, but it may also be her destruction.

I absolutely fell in love with this book and the characters in it all over again. There is constant turmoil and danger and while the group that Alina and Mal put together to help them may not be what you consider friends they play off each other so well.

There is a common thread throughout this book of unity; of pulling together not for yourself, not for anyone you like, but for humanity and for your country.

Loose ends are finally tied up in this book. The plot isn’t a straight shoot to the end, there are many twists and turns taken to get there meaning lots of fun and shocking moments are in store.

Alina battles with what she knows is the right thing to do, questioning if the power of the fire bird will be too much; if she’ll want power so badly that she’ll go mad. Ultimately leaving the reader unsure of what she’ll decide to do and what will happen until the very last second.

I enjoyed rereading this series and this book so much. It was such a great escape and I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys young adult fantasy where lives are at stake, meeting complex characters and a good back story.

There is a final chapter dedicated to the Darkling’s backstory as well and all I’ll say is that for fans of the series it does not disappoint. It leads to even more of an understanding of not only our favourite villain, but of Grisha history.

If you’ve already read the series and want to watch the Shadow and Bone tv show on Netflix I recommend rereading this first as well to immerse yourself into their world further.

Ruin and Rising is the third and final book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy, consisting of: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising.
Spin offs have been created that include: the Six of Crows duology, the King of Scars duology and The Language of Thornes.

The Six of Crows duology: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.
The King of Scars duology: King of Scars and Rule of Wolves
The Language of Thorns is a collection of short stories from within The Grishaverse.

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2 thoughts on “Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

  1. I enjoyed this series, and it’s been a delight to see it now on television… though there were a ton of liberties taken with the stories. I haven’t read The King of Scars duology or The Language of Thorns (or The Ninth House). I need to remedy that! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. I feel the same way. I enjoyed the series, but I don’t know how they’ll end the second season after that ending… Hope you enjoy them, I need to get to the King of Scars duology, Language of Thornes and Ninth House as well.


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