Review: ‘Ruin and Rising’ by Leigh Bardugo

Review: ‘Ruin and Rising’ by Leigh BardugoRuin and Rising: by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #3
Published by Macmillan on June 17th 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 417
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
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.

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Alina is on a quest to find the firebird to destroy the Fold and the Darkling once and for all. As the Sun Summoner, she has powers the Darkling has and is afraid to use it. Her quest gets her deeper and deeper into the Darkling’s mind causing her to become more aware of him and his powers. In this epic conclusion, find out if Alina has what it takes to bring Ravka back from the Darkling’s true clutches.


I almost forgot most of the characters in this book so I had trouble remembering who was who. But with the recaptains posts I was brought up to date and remembering what happened came back. So thank you ladies for that post.

There’s a rare occurrence that happened to me in this book. I didn’t care which boy Alina would end up with because in some form I liked them all. They were all so different and likable. Even the fact that some were more so evil than others, I still liked the Darkling. He has such a fascinating history and I would love nothing more than to read his back story. I felt some spark for all three of them and I just wanted her to pick them all.


The feels were all felt in this one. And when I say feels, I meant tears. I teared in this one because of the raw emotion I felt reading it. Oh that scene.. Bless my heart, I had to take a moment to bask in my emotions. Ahhhh. And did I mention that Leigh brought all the punches and turns and twists? Yep she did, and brought you to the brink. She also ended it so beautifully. I don’t think I’d change a thing about this book because it had perfect pacing, tone, plot and character development.


Overall, you NEED to get on this trilogy if you haven’t read it yet. A beautiful, heart breaking and wonderful ending, I will gladly re-read this series over and over again. Truly one of my favourite fantasy series’ of all time.

reading progress



A Saint should walk amongst her people, not hide like a rat in a warren. (9)
You learn more by losing. (21)
There is no greater power than faith. And there will be no greater army than one driven by it. (54)
I might not be a threat, but I could become one. (76)
I can’t help being delicious. (89)
Beauty was your armor. Fragile stuff, all show. But what’s inside you? That’s steel. It’s brave and unbreakable. And it doesn’t need fixing. (161)
You live in a single moment. I live in a thousand. (200)
You are all I’ve ever wanted. You are the whole of my heart. (362)




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