- Title: Ruin and Rising.
- Author: Leigh Bardugo.
- Pages: 417.
- Genres: Fantasy, young adult, romance, etc.
- Saga/series: Yes, this is the third and final book of the Shadow and Bone series. There are 3 books (not including the little stories that go in between).
SOLDIER. SUMMONER. SAINT. IN THE FINAL BATTLE, WHO WILL RISE?
The capital has fallen and 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 zealous 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.
"You think I can track a giant mythic bird, but I can't locate one loudmouthed prince?"
This book is mostly in Alina's point of view, the only chapters that are in third person are the Before and After chapters.
I like the fact that we get to find out more about some of the characters that in the previous books were minor characters: Zoya, David, etc.
I have to admit that I absolutely love this series and that it is one of my favourites. For a final book in a series, I believe that it should be good enough so as to not give the previous books a bad reputation, it should have plot twists, it should have a bit of drama and mystery to keep you intrigued. The last book in a series is bound to give you a test with how well you can deal with your feelings. And this book definitely does this series justice.
The only thing that I didn't like about this book is what happened to some of the characters, but at the end of the day, I admit that those events had to happen to make the story so good.
At the beginning of the book there's a map and a list of Grisha (they are divided into orders, then they are further divided).
In my edition of the book, there is bonus content inside:
- Q&A with Leigh Bardugo.
- Short story about the Darkling: The Demon in the Wood.
- Special sneak peek of Six of Crows.
"You're offering me a crown? After I tried to kill you?"He shrugged again. "I might have done the same.""I doubt it.""Not to save that motley of traitors and fanatics, no. But I understand the desire to remain free.""And still you tried to make me a slave.""I sought Morozova's amplifiers for you, Alina, that we might rule as equals.""You tried to take my power for your own.""After you ran from me. After you chose—" He stopped, shrugged. "We would have ruled as equals in time."
Alina starts off as being almost powerless in this book. I feel sorry for her because she feels so greedy (she feels like she needs the amplifiers) and she didn't even want the first amplifier in the first place. She isn't a bad person although sometimes (with her being so greedy) she seems like she is.
I think that the Darkling seems even crueller in this book because we find out what he did to certain people (SPOILER) for betraying him. But in the end, he is still a likeable villain because he actually has a reason for being the way that he is, whereas some villains are just batshit crazy for no reason at all.
Mal (Malyen Oretsev)
I think that Mal is much more likeable when he is himself (cheeky, funny, sarcastic, etc) and not so serious. Although there were times when he frustrated me in this book...
Nikolai is one of my favourite characters, because he is elaborate. He has diverse qualities: he is charming, funny, intelligent, etc.
I like the fact that she is still herself even though she has suffered and she is emotionally strong.
She was horrible to Alina in the first book but in this one, we get to see a different side to her. I like her snarky attitude.
Finally, Tolya hefted the huge pack from David's narrow shoulders.He groaned. "What do you have in this thing?""Three pairs of socks, one pair of trousers, an extra shirt. One canteen. A tin cup and plate. A cylindrical slide rule, a chrondometer, a jar of spruce sap, my collection of anticorrosives—""You were only supposed to pack what you need."David gave an emphatic nod. "Exactly.""Please tell me you didn't bring all of Morozova's journals," I said."Of course I did."I rolled my eyes. There had to be at least fifteen leather-bound books. "Maybe they'll make good kindling.""Is she kidding?" David asked, looking concerned. "I can never tell if she's kidding."
Even though it is clear that Alina has different love interests, I like who she ended up with. I think that they are perfect for each other but that it just my opinion.
Ultimately, I love this series. The writing in it is amazing, I love the characters and the Grisha universe. I found the ending to be lovely but bittersweet.
I give this book a 5 out of 5.