Review: Ruin and Rising
Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: 17 June 2014
Format: Paperback, owned
Memorable Quote: “In this moment he was just a boy -brilliant, blessed with too much power, burdened by eternity.”
Favorite Character: Nikolai, Zoya, Adrik
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: With The Darkling in control, a weakened Alina and her misfit army must race against the clock to find the final amplifier before The Darkling destroys all of Ravka. Alina’s hope lies within the firebird, which might not even exist, a missing Prince Nikolai, her army, and her followers who believe she is a living saint. Old rivals become new allies, the past and present collide, and the fate of Ravka is in immediate danger. Alina wants to save Ravka, but is she willing to pay the price this ending demands?
Seriously though, Ruin and Rising is one of the best endings to a trilogy. It was brutal in every way (so many limbs being ripped off, omg… and so much death), beautiful, heartbreaking, and in a way, happy. But don’t let that mention of happy get you too excited, because it’s a sad, haunting happy.
All of the characters step up in this final act against The Darkling, and it’s great to see just how far everyone has come, especially characters like Zoya, David, and Genya (I mean her “Nah razrusha’ya. I am not ruined. E’ay razrushost. I am ruination” quote is amazing). Even Mal got a little better… a little (sorry… he’s just not my favorite. Never has been, never will be).
The Darkling wanted to help the Grisha and ravka, but….:
He was incredibly powerful and misguided. I think The Darkling shows that living a long life does not mean someone has done the right things or made the right choices. In his case, he became desensitized to the world around him, which allowed his greed to take control over his desire to make the world a better place for Grisha.
Anyway, the pacing in this third installment was much faster than Seige and Storm. Bardugo’s writing made me feel as if I was with Alina and friends underground, in The Fold, and facing The Darkling. It takes a very gifted writer to make you feel so much at once. By the end of the book, I had felt all the feels.
Do I kind of wish the ending had been different? Maybe. But truth be told, I think this book ended how it should have. I do wish some alternate endings had been written.
My unpopular opinion? I don’t ship Alina with anyone. Not Nikolai. Not Mal. Not The Darkling. I wanted to see her end up on her own.
There were plenty of plot twists and enough death to make my heart ache for days. This book is not for someone who cannot handle death, especially extremely tragic death.
Next up is King of Scars. Am I ready? Probably not…but I’m just gonna jump in!