Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Ruin and Rising is the Third and final book in The Grisha trilogy, if you have not read both Shadow and Bone (book 1) and Siege and Storm (book 2) you do not want to go any further with this post as you will be spoiled.

As I have said before I fell head over heels in love with book one however by the time I finished book two I felt the story had fell a little flat. I went into Ruin and Rising sceptical I wasn’t sure which way this book would go, would I love it like I did with book one or would it continue to go downhill with book two.

I am very happy to report that this book definitely blew Siege and Storm out of the water and the story pulled me back into the world I loved.

Alina came into her own in this book she finally started to act like a leader, she was happy to kickass and manipulate people if she had too. This was a huge improvement on the Alina we got in book 2 who seemed to lose all her personality.

The Darkling is it wrong to say I loved him, He was the most developed character in the entire series.  The fact that he is a ruthless killer speaks volumes of Bardugo’s writing, She managed to make a character that is so complex and compelling that you still fall for him even though he is evil.  In my opinion he is one of the best “villains” in YA.

As with book two my favourite character in the series has been Nikolai, he gives this series the light comedy it needs, he is quick witted, arrogant and loves fashion almost as much as he loves himself. I also love the fact that he is supposed to be a prince/king yet he doesn’t look down upon anyone, he treats people as he would expect to be treated, again the way Nikolai developed over two books speaks volumes of bardugo’s writing.

The story was a little slow in the beginning I will admit I got bored while they were underground with  the Apparat. Once Alina and the Grisha finally got out the story picked up and we jumped right back to the excitement and fast paced story of Shadow and Bone.  The story came full circle and we finally got answers to many of the questions that were raised in book one and two.

There are two reasons this book didn’t get Five stars:

One: IF YOUR DEAD YOUR DEAD! I hate when someone miraculously comes back to life after we have grieved for them, especially when it is a character who spent the majority of the series sulking like a child.

Two: The ending. I wanted Alina to become the Queen/leader she deserved to be and I wanted her to embrace her powers as the Sun Summoner.  I understand why the story ended the way it did but I was hoping for more for Alina.

I think was a great series however I don’t think books Two & Three lived up to Shadow and Bone, however the series is fun, fast paced and exciting. I would definitely recommended you guys give it a read and see what you think.

You can pick your own copy of the series here:

Shadow and Bone

Siege and Storm

Ruin and Rising

Miss Quinny Rating 4 Stars (4 / 5)

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