Ruin and Rising

Ruin and Rising

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"The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Alina forges new alliances as she and Mal search for Morozova's last amplifier. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that alters her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805094619
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Bardugo
Characteristics: 422 pages : map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Ruin & rising


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Oct 13, 2018

Ruin and Rising was really underwhelming, to say the least! I don't even know how many times I nodded off during reading this one! I'm happy to have the trilogy finished and I won't be rereading these books. I'm sorry to say, I wasn't the biggest fan and I really wanted to be! I have been looking forward to reading these for a long time now and even though I really did enjoy the first book, this trilogy just didn't do it for me. The plot, what there was of one anyways was a repeat in each book! Alina was captured, Alina escaped, Alina got another amplifier, Alina wasn't as pretty, Alina couldn't be with Mal, over and over it went. Ruin and Rising was seriously boring and drawn out. There wasn't enough Darkling nor was there enough Nikolai to satisfy my needs. It also had a horrible ending because of a certain character death. This book truly disappointed me. Rating – 1/5.
@Average_Bookworm of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

PimaLib_ChristineR Aug 24, 2018

Just really good. I can see Bardugo's writing improving from the first book to this end of the trilogy. I like that it's not a happy ending with everything unicorns and rainbows, but it's happy enough that I didn't feel like throwing myself off a cliff.

I think perhaps Bardugo had read the St. Crispin's Day speech a few too many times. Lots of thinking on "our little band up against the odds" by Alina. Despite that, the plot drives forward and the characters are well-written. She may have taken the easy way out regarding the Alina-Mal-Nikolai triangle, but to be fair, it's always going to be difficult when there are three likable characters. Overall a satisfying read that I can see myself revisiting and recommending.

For this type of Fantasy YA, I don't think there are many people who are better writers of plot, world or character. Like Laini Taylor, the writing keeps getting better, so I almost have to ask that readers new to these authors read their older works first, so they can fully enjoy them, before they see how much better the writing keeps getting.

Jul 07, 2018

I liked this series. So, why 4 stars instead of 5? Well, because I liked it, but I didn't LOVE it.

Why did I like it? The plot was, for the most part, well constructed. Many of the secondary characters were also quite interesting. I liked the heroine and I thought the whole "am I turning evil?" inner turmoil was well done. The obvious villain had nuances, and a few other characters were ambiguous enough that they weren't clearly good or evil. Some of the twists were quite clever.

Why didn't I love it? The love interest wasn't particularly well developed. I knew I was supposed to root for Mal and Alina but, frankly, Nikolai and the Darkling were more interesting than Mal. So, I pretty much ignored the romance and focused on the rest of the story. The other thing I didn't love was the end. Alina basically flat-out says at one point "I thought I'd figured it out and it made sense and was satisfying. Then I realized that was wrong and it was this other thing instead." I'm with her. The other thing instead was creative but it wasn't all that satisfying to me as a a reader. Hopefully that's vague enough not to count as a spoiler.

Mar 08, 2018

***Spoilers. You’ve been warned***

The plot was a pretty fast paced one, just like the first and second. This one’s got more heartbreaking moments and I’m glad to see the romance drama has cleared as well. You still feel the awkward tension between Mal and Alina and it does induce moments of eyeball rolling but the heartbreaker comes when hell breaks loose and Nikolai gets taken away and becomes corrupted by the Darkling.

Did I ever want to cry out loud in horrifying rage.

Of all people Nikolai just HAD TO BE THE ONE. Just when things were getting a little better, when it looks like he might have snagged Alina and they might be together (just maybe?) but noooo! He had to be corrupted and although he valiantly did try to fight it my heart broke into two. (I guess you could say I’m all for Team Nikolai) Which of course clears the path for Mal and Alina to try again and rekindle their love.

This love triangle was one where I was happy with who she would end up being with either way. Of course I would have preferred Nikolai because I loved his character and personality. But now that Mal stopped his stupidity the chemistry was back between himself and Alina. It just felt right.

I loved how everything just came to full circle to close this series. How in the end, Mal and Alina go back to recreate the orphanage to house children just like how they used to be when they were young. It was sad to see Alina decline to be at Nikolai’s side, but also to decline to be at court with the other Grisha but, it was for the better. Alina had never felt like she was part of them, neither did Mal. It was touching when she received the kefta with the note (yeah I got a little something in my eye with that moment)

And even though the Darkling didn’t deserve it, kudos for Alina to take the high road and giving him a proper ending.

I enjoyed reading this series. I’m sad to see this series come to an end. I didn’t realize how attached I were to some characters. It was a nice sigh of relief at the end though. When I closed the book after reading the final page. It was a beautiful but bittersweet ending.

(David and Genya!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!) :D

Apr 02, 2017

This book's ending was stunning, I really liked this part.

Mar 31, 2017

This book was greatness!! Loved it. Didn't want to put it down

Jan 18, 2017

“Ruin and Rising” is the third and final book in Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Grisha Trilogy’. Among the three books, my favorite has to be the first one for the first one just laid out the characters and the world so intricate and interesting. There are more romance going on than I expected through the three books. Though there are some plot of politics, couple scene in the third book made me heart pounding. However, the plot is not quite so smooth. Some of the twists happened so out of nowhere.

MelifluousView Oct 07, 2016

I was surprised by the twists in the search for the third amplifier. The last book was a little melancholy, but it was a satisfying end to the Grisha Trilogy.

samdog123 Mar 24, 2016

This is a trilogy unlike any other. Loosely based on Russian folklore, its a dystopian tale in a world where magic is considered a useful tool to those in power. Alina quickly discovers her powers and learns to use them, while her childhood friend Mal excels at tracking and helps her find the amplifiers she needs to fight the Darkling. I enjoyed each and every one of the books in this series and can't recommend them enough for those who enjoy dystopian titles with a different twist. Bardugo is an excellent writer and I'll be reading the 'Six of Crows' next.

Sep 25, 2015

“Ruin and Rising” is the third and final book in Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Grisha Trilogy’. After her battle with the Darkling, Alina Starkov has fallen ill and become weak. She and the other escaped Grisha and servants from the Little Palace have taken refuge underground in a desperate attempt to hide from the Darkling, who now tyrannically rules Ravka. Alina has two of the Grisha amplifiers in her possession, but in order to truly defeat the Darkling, she must have the third and final amplifier. Still weak though, Alina recruits her friends to help her and they set off on a wild journey full of peril and magic.

“Ruin and Rising” is an incredible read, and a phenomenal conclusion to the ‘Grisha Trilogy’. The plot is amazing and driven, and has no slow moments. The plot also wraps up loose ends and mysteries from the other two books. The characters of “Ruin and Rising” are pushed to their limits, and go through beautifully well-written character development. The characters themselves are also incredibly lovable and unique, and readers will find themselves emotionally invested in the characters. In “Ruin and Rising” the fantastical of Ravka is expanded, and the intricacy of Ravka helps to make the story feel realistic and believable.

Overall, the author of this review highly recommends “Ruin and Rising” and the ‘Grisha Trilogy’. It is a fantastic series filled with magic and adventure. Due to some scary scenes, the author of this review believes “Ruin and Rising” to be suitable for ages thirteen and up.

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Sexual Content: Very small scene

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“I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.”


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