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.
This is the third book in the Grisha trilogy, I reviewed the second book Siege and Storm here. This is not going to be the longest or most detailed review – being the final part of a triolgy a lot of the book is action filled or just needs to be discovered by the reader for themselves. I went into this book knowing barely anything about it and was pleased I did, I don’t want to stop anyone else having the same experience.
Ruin and Rising opens with a prologue that sets the scene really well, before jumping back to show us where our main characters now are. The book begins just a little after the end of Siege and Storm allowing the characters to gather themselves a little – I felt that this played out well, it was close enough that I didn’t feel like I’d missed seeing anything I’d have wanted to see but moved on enough that the plot could get going again quickly. It had been nearly a year since I’d last visited the world of the Grisha, I was pleased with how easy it was to fall back into it. There are some really big plot elements that need to be concluded, these are all dealt with over the course of the book with only minimal new significant plot elements introduced. I liked this, and was almost always pleased with how things played out.
One of the central elements of this book is the relationship between Alina, our heroine, and various other characters. Since getting to the end of this book I’ve discovered quite a lot of readers are unhappy with how some of these relationships worked out – I have to say that I personally don’t agree with these readers. I think it’s really interesting that lots of people can read the same series and all take something completely different from it, it’s impossible to say that any way of thinking is right or wrong – it’s such an individual thing. All I can say for sure is that I was very content with the way the various relationships were resolved, it worked absolutely right for me.
The world that Leigh Bardugo has created for this trilogy is an interesting, rich one. I loved getting to know more and more about it with each book. I’m really pleased that her next pair of books are going to be set in the same world (see the story here), I certainly want to spend more time there!
Ruin and Rising is published by Indigo in the UK. My copy of the book is one I purchased myself.