Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Adventure, YA, Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Published: June 17th, 2014
The capital has fallen.
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.
The last book in the Grishaverse trilogy. I loved it the most but only after the book 1. We see more of The Darkling here 😍😍
Alina’s powers are more obvious, she knows how to control it, and i think she’s a much better person here. Her personality is very different from the 1st book, more lovable too.
We see new friendships, but most of all, the problems they face which only Alina can solve. I love the legend that was introduced, Its quite different and totally not what I expected. Alina’s relationship with the Darkling is still rocky, with her trying as much as possible to get rid of him. Stumhpil turns out to be Prince Nikolai! I still love his scenes and witty attitude. Though i think Leigh was confused about what to do with him 😂 She couldn’t kill him and so she made him have that awful disease or whatever it was.
As for Mal, hmm. He’s still the same. Though i noticed some positive changes as well. The ending was sad in a way, i felt Alina was running away from her country and hiding, leaving Nikolai and everyone else to solve the matters. Also, I surely hope My Darkling is still there somewhere because he needs to come back and fight 😭😭😭