Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
# of Pages: 422
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Do I recommend this book?
I highly recommend this trilogy as a whole, and the first book was my favorite.
Ratings (out of 10):
Plot development: 8
Ease of Reading: 8
Summary from Goodreads:
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 Opinion (SPOILER FREE):
This was the final book in the Grisha trilogy, and I definitely have some feelings on it, so let’s dive right in!
First, I just want to mention how much I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing style. I feel like it just keeps getting better with every book of hers I read.
Next I want to talk about how I thought Alina had some great character development in this book. For the most part, I was satisfied with how things ended up for her.
The main thing I didn’t like though, was the way things ended in this book. It wasn’t the ending itself, because the ending was very action packed and exciting, but it was the way things ended for the different characters. I wanted a different ending for basically everybody, Things just didn’t go the way I expected them to, and I wasn’t really happy about it.
However, that being said, I kind of understand why Leigh Bardugo made some of things end the way they did, and I still loved the majority of the things that happened in this book. There were some really good points in the plot.
There was a lot of action that took place in this book that had me gasping with my hand over my mouth, but there were also parts of this book where I was kind of speed reading cause I was bored. There were also a few parts of this book that just really confused me. Personally, I felt like there were too many terms and characters to keep track of, and it just made some parts really confusing.
Overall, I loved this trilogy and definitely would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy. I will also be reading more of Leigh Bardugo’s work for sure.