Published by Macmillan on June 17th 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Monsters, Young Adult
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. Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.
I knew coming into this book that Alina and Mal would be together in the end, as much as I hate them as a couple. I don’t know exactly why I don’t like Mal, but I never disliked a pairing/male lead so much. I just felt like Alina’s entire existence revolved around him. I thought the whole third amplifier thing/coming back to life was cheesy. Their ordinary life together bit made me roll my eyes. All three books just for that? Okay. I feel like I wasted my time. The first book was great, the second was okay, and this one was just /no/.
The Darkling’s demise was coming, I knew. But it was boring and should have been built up more than it was. Badass characters should have badass deaths. His death was the only thing that stirred any kind of emotion besides the cheated feeling I got with Alina and Mal’s ending. I wish there could be a book solely about the Darkling because he’s the only one worth caring about besides Nikolai.
Speaking of Nikolai, he wasn’t well treated in this book. I felt terrible about what he went through. With the darkness still inside him, I wonder how this would affect his life. And I really wish he and Alina would have gotten together. He received the short end of the stick.
At least, thankfully, Mal wasn’t as whiney and controlling like in the last book. Alina made most of her own decisions. That’s all the positives I can think of right now. I’m a little weary of following series now, but I’ll hang in there.