Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ruin and Rising

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo


This is the third book in the series, I reviewed the first two already:

...I'm going to hop to the amazon summary to spare myself some pent up excitement, "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.
Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy." AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE

This was a great follow up book, finish of a great trilogy, and I definitely just read it start to finish in one sitting.

The book begins with the same beginning type of deal as the second book; it creates a nice bridge between the horrors of the last book to the story of the third book.

Alina needs the third amplifier to defeat the Darkling, but she can't do it while she's trapped underground. Alina is weak from battle with the Darkling and under the thumb of the Apparat who parades her around as a saint. He rules her life until one day her friends gang up and manage to get her a scrap of sunlight so deeply underground. Alina takes command of the situation and manages to get them above ground with the aid of Mal.The surviving Grisha that have rebelled against the Darkling make up her traveling group (along with Mal). They set off to meet up with the Prince in the hopes that he survived the battle against the Darkling.

...that's a really rough summary of about a third of the book. I'm going to end there and move on to my overall reaction to the series.

I loved Alina's character because she seemed to be the right balance of strong yet cautioned by her previous experiences. Her character growth and how she came into her own was so refreshing to see. Beautiful.

Mal was pretty fantastic with how he seemed much more focused in the third book. In the first two books he was there, and he was definitely there for Alina, but in the third book I think we get a way better sense of what that really means.

The side characters were precious - I would love to go into detail but I fear admitting who is alive and who is dead is revealing too much about some intricate later plot in the book. All the characters rocked it.

I also thought the world of the book was almost a character in itself with how often the attitude of society and the fear the Darkling wielded motivated so many actions.

The thing I appreciate most is probably the consistency of the story - I came to expect it to be well written, to have a logic of a character stay true to the character, and I also expected to be caught off guard frequently because there were so many little wrenches that could snarl everything up.

It was amazing.

I will probably reread the series by the end of the year.

Happy reading!

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