Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo

“What is infinite?”

“The universe and the greed of man.”

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Title: Ruin and Rising (The grisha #3)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising

Recommended to fans of: Red queen series by Victoria Aveyard, Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi, The arcana chronicles by Kresley Cole, The selection series by Kiera Cass

Series: The Grisha Trilogy

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Romance, YA, Fantasy

Rating: 1/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

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.

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • Can I mention something before I continue with my thoughts? (I WAS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS SERIES AND ESPECIALLY THIS BOOK)
  • Now Alina hides away as she is worshipped as a saint but she has difficulty calling up her powers again
  • The apparat believes that Alina is just a child that can be controlled
  • Alina currently only can use a little of her powers and can manipulate small shadows
  • The bond between Alina and the darkling is stronger than it seems, they both can ‘teleport’ to see each other at any one time
  • Thank God Nikolai appeared in time to save them
  • Its nice to see Genya and David finally together
  • If the Darkling doesn’t get a redemption arc in this book, then I feel that Alina should just end up alone
  • Okay, we finally find out the Darkling’s name; Aleksanders (I will address him as Alek from now)
  • OMG, Morozova (The creator of the 3 strongest amplifiers) is Baghra’s father? Then Alek is his grandson?! This was a good plot twist
  • To be honest, I can’t feel that she likes Nikolai, it feels more like an obligation then her liking him
  • Baghra threw herself over the edge so that Alina’s army could escape from Alek
  • Mal is the firebird, good plot twist, but it was so cliché I wasn’t even surprised anymore
  • Okay, so instead of giving Alek a good redemption arc, the author just decides to kill him, thats the easiest way out. But he could have been developed so much more, and his redemption could also prove that they complimented each other, not that they are equals. I felt that he deserved a redemption arc rather than just getting killed after they play cat and mouse for 3 FREAKING BOOKS
  • (If I could bear to throw a book across the room, I really would have thrown this book, this book made me more angry than the ending of the cage series)
  • I’m sorry towards the Mal fans, but I sincerely hoped that he had died and stayed that way. The whole talk about having to sacrifice something so great for the power of Merzost, and then suddenly Mal could come back to life, its quite dumb to me
  • In the end, Alina became this weak girl and all that character arc was wasted over 3 books

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