Review: Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo

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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.

3.5 ★

The third and final book in this trilogy. So with that we know I can’t say all too much or it would be spoiled. One thing I can say, is that I LOVED the Grishavverse , from this series and the Six of Crows that I read previously and I totally get the hype. 

That being said…… overall I enjoyed this book.

Plot wise a lot more happened this book than the last and some of it just sort of happened fast, way too fast in some parts. Some things we worked up to for three books and boom and a bang within a half a chapter it happens and before you know it, it’s over. Resolved!  So some pacing and development could have been different.

 We do get a couple plot surprises and others I saw somewhat coming.

The Darkling… for me it changed every book… I loved him, than ughhhhhh and then I could have cared less about him.

Mal I never liked and that didn’t change this book, the same goes for Alina.

Really, I cared most about was Nikolai, Genya, and Baghra but also Zoya this book. So really everyone else but the three main people.

The ending was okay, that’s it. Not great or bad, just okay.   And really the only sensible ending it could have had….

Overall I loved the Grisha world and the story for the most part. I also loved everyone but Alina, Mal and the Darkling.

I’m looking forward to see some of my favorite people in The King of Scars that I now finally can read.

3.5 ★ for the last book but 4★ for the trilogy as a whole.

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