Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review : Ruin and Rising

By Leigh Bardugo

  • Publication Date: 2014-06-17
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 145 Ratings)

Book Review

Enter the Grishaverse with Book Three of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power—but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.

A New York Times Bestselling Series
A USA Today Bestseller
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Praise for the Grishaverse

“A master of fantasy.” —The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” —The Guardian
“The best magic universe since Harry Potter.” —Bustle
“This is what fantasy is for.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” —NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” —USA Today
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” —Vanity Fair
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” —Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” —Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
“This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien.” ?RT Book Reviews
Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

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User Reviews

  • I hate the ending

    By Bug Bug Kitty Cat
    I hate the ending. Author got lazy for sure!
  • Ruin and rising

    By Chigorl
    I was so captured in the story, characters, cultures and history of this trilogy. I couldn't wait to get the chance to get to my fantasy adventure. Anyone who starts reading these intriguing, creative and beautifully written books will just be more captivating the more they read. The characters are so interesting it's hard to stop reading. Hope everyone enjoys them as much as I do!
  • Good book but...

    By Rjdjdjwksjdj
    SPOILER ALERT** Don't get me wrong this book was great I loved the beginning and middle. I hated the end though. It was predictable. Alina battles the darkling, wins and Saunters into the sunset with mal. I was hoping for something a little different than the other teen fiction books I normally read. You spent the whole time putting this connection between aleksander ( the darkling ) and you just destroyed it in the end. I thought maybe Alina would join the darkling or even change him. I was just hoping for something that wasn't so predictable ugh! Loved your whole series and everything about it except the ending of this book....
  • Wow!! I LOVED the conclusion of Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy!

    By Meg @Reading Books Like a Boss
    Review originally posted on Reading Books Like a Boss Wow!! I LOVED the conclusion of Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy! This trilogy was absolutely fantastic. I cared about the characters, every single one of them, even the villains. Ruin and Rising What I loved about the series as a whole was that the author never lost sight of the bigger picture. The whole series builds to a fight between good and evil, dark and light, a incessant battle for power. It would have been really easy to have focused on the romance aspect of the book but that didn't happen. The focus on the battle between the Darkling and Sun Summoner really propelled the series forward, especially this final book. Alina's character development over the course of the series was brilliant. It kind of reminded me of the way Karen Marie Moning built MacKayla Lane's character like a freaking boss. In Shadow and Bone, Alina was a meek mapmaker who lacked confidence, who pined over her best friend and soldier. She never thought she was worthy. After she discovered her gifts brimming underneath her skin, she was forced to go through so much, and in turn she came into her own. She blossomed and commanded an army, made friends with warriors, and won the hearts of many. But only one person had her heart. The romance in this series is very understated but quite lovely at the same time. Leigh Bardugo had an opportunity to take the romance in to triangle territory (and even square territory) but she didn't. She stayed true to the characters in this one. "You were meant for more than me, and I'll die fighting to give it to you. but please don't ask me to pretend it's easy." There was one clear villain in the series, a love interest, and a strong leader with great comedic timing. Admittedly, I grew a little tired of Mal's incessant desire to put aside his feelings for Alina in order for her to take the crown. But I understood why he was that way (that didn't mean I had to like it though *stomps foot*). After a long and very apparent absence from my heart, the Darkling came back with a vengance in Ruin and Rising. Holy Saints, he's a vicious thing. "You live in a single moment. I live in a thousand." The utterly seductive Darkling I loved in Shadow and Bone is no longer. He's killing things with no craps given, manipulating people like it's his job, and just being generally creepy. He's one of my favorite villains because even though he's bad, there are still cracks in his veneer of good. He allows himself to be vulnerable (or maybe he's just playing Alina), where you see the young innocent boy he once was. This is one of those series with wonderful secondary characters. David and Genya's adorable relationship and quiet devotion. Sturmhond's Grisha, Tamar and Tolya, were fierce warriors, yet knew when to be funny. And who can forget Oncat and Harshaw, the Inferni who loved his tabby cat so much. I really enjoyed them all, even Zoya with her prissiness stuck-up attitude. The ending melted my heart and left me with a big smile on my face. Though it was a little bittersweet, I was still incredibly happy and I don't think I could have asked for a better ending than this. Thank you, Leigh Bardugo. 4.5 stars
  • The Grisha trilogy

    By Iiclemichelle
    Started off as a great trilogy the end was extremely disappointing. Alina was born to have those powers it was her destiny to be queen, to have them taken away from her was unbelievable and made for a terrible end to this trilogy!!

    By Kkk11111110000
    I really enjoyed The Grisha Trilogy because it just has an AMAZING plot and storyline, it is also the perfect twist of a little romance and action. I would recommend this to people who are 14+
  • Amazing!

    By FS for short
    Ruin and Rising is the most kickass, well developed, well written, and unique fantasy book I've ever read. With amazing writing and a Russian folk tale atmosphere this book is insanely good and unique from other, more cliché fantasy books where nothing too gory happens and everyone lives and the hero lives happily ever after. All in all the best book I've ever read and I highly recommend it 👍
  • Great Finish

    By WorkingMom302
    I really love the end to this series. When I first started reading this series I was kind of conflicted about reading it all the way through to the end mostly because Alina was never really confident about herself and in her looks and for some reason that really bugged me but as I read the series I got addicted. I loved this last book. Everything was tied up nicely and there were really no loose ends left. This whole series was really amazing. I felt the emotions with the characters and when they felt loss I felt loss. I cried and smiled along with all the characters. The end of this book was nice. It was like the series had come full circle and it was heartwarming to see that they'd built an school together to house children who were orphans. It was also nice to see that Alina and Mal could just be Alina and Mal again. There was nothing bigger in the picture. The simplicity of the ending was quiet and beautiful. Secretly I wished I could've seen what it'd be like if the two of them had children haha. Also some secret, small part of me wished she would've chosen Aleksander (The Darkling). Overall though amazing book and an amazing series. 10/10 would recommend to anyone.
  • And that was how it all ended, guys.

    By Toosou
    If you aren't prepared to be angered, excited, frustrated, gloriously sated from the ending of this novel - then steady yourself. You're on for a bumpy ride. Good luck and enjoy.
  • Amazing

    By Partykitten9
    Some stories you forget when you grow up, but some stay with you forever. I know I'll remember every page of this beautiful book as long as I live.