Title: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy & YA
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: June, 2014
Acquired: Amazon Purchase
Date Finished: November 14, 2014
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.
Ok, let me start by saying…there was A LOT of hating on this book on Goodreads. For some reason, I did not have the visceral reaction most of these people did. I thought it was a well thought out ending to the trilogy. It was tough in several spots, but Bardugo really owned it. She attacked her plot choices with gusto and brought it to a satisfactory end. Did I LIKE where she took it? Umm…kind of? There were things I would have done differently, but in the end, Bardugo did a valiant job of pulling together the strings of a huge story into a neat package. Some may find it too neat, but I personally like my books to have defined endings, even if they are little contrived.
I liked it! I applaud Bardugo for sticking to her guns, even when those guns killed off characters. If you are on the fence about reading this trilogy based on others’ reactions to the final installment, I say read it. Most books are not going to end exactly the way you want. If you can’t enjoy the journey of a book because you don’t like where it takes you, write your own @!$* book. 😀