Ruin and Rising Book Reviews

Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo Book Summary

See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with the Netflix series, Shadow and Bone. Daring rogue Nikolai finally joins the fold in Season 2 -- covering explosive events of both Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising -- streaming now!

Enter the Grishaverse with Book Three of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power—but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.

A New York Times Bestselling Series
A USA Today Bestseller
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Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The King of Scars Duology
King of Scars
Rule of Wolves

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic
The Lives of Saints
Demon in the Wood Graphic Novel

Praise for the Grishaverse

“A master of fantasy.” —The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” —The Guardian
“This is what fantasy is for.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” —NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” —USA Today
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” —Vanity Fair
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” —Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” —Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series

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Book Name Ruin and Rising
Genre Fantasy
Language English
E-Book Size 4.56 MB

Ruin and Rising (Leigh Bardugo) Book Reviews 2023

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Great Finish. I really love the end to this series. When I first started reading this series I was kind of conflicted about reading it all the way through to the end mostly because Alina was never really confident about herself and in her looks and for some reason that really bugged me but as I read the series I got addicted. I loved this last book. Everything was tied up nicely and there were really no loose ends left. This whole series was really amazing. I felt the emotions with the characters and when they felt loss I felt loss. I cried and smiled along with all the characters. The end of this book was nice. It was like the series had come full circle and it was heartwarming to see that they'd built an school together to house children who were orphans. It was also nice to see that Alina and Mal could just be Alina and Mal again. There was nothing bigger in the picture. The simplicity of the ending was quiet and beautiful. Secretly I wished I could've seen what it'd be like if the two of them had children haha. Also some secret, small part of me wished she would've chosen Aleksander (The Darkling). Overall though amazing book and an amazing series. 10/10 would recommend to anyone.

Please save yourself and don’t finish the series. I was so disappointed at the ending that I didn’t know whether the author was being serious. SPOILERS AHEAD! first off she ended up with the wrong person and that was simply hard to read. Secondly she lost her powers and once again chose Mal. Lastly I hated the fighting scene when she killed the darkling. He went out in a good way which was satisfying but the scene ended before you could process it. She would go into detail in the boring parts and passed over the action and drama way to quickly, but needless to say this was a great book series so I’ll give it the benefit if the doubt and say this. If you want a conclusion to the series that you will ultimately hate and be frustrated with. Read this book. That’s fine by me but if you don’t want that then I’d suggest you move on for the series after the second one. It truly isn’t worth wasting your time on.

Ruin and rising. I was so captured in the story, characters, cultures and history of this trilogy. I couldn't wait to get the chance to get to my fantasy adventure. Anyone who starts reading these intriguing, creative and beautifully written books will just be more captivating the more they read. The characters are so interesting it's hard to stop reading. Hope everyone enjoys them as much as I do!

Beautiful ending. I cried many times throughout the book and was very fulfilled in the end.

Fantastic Finish. I could not stop reading this wonderful closer to one of the best series I have read in quite a while. Leigh Bardugo has such a talent at making each of her characters real and distinct and you grow so attached to them with their charm and wit. I love Alina as a protagonist who battles very human struggles while also carrying the weight of the world. Alina's friends are fantastic and make the story so powerful. I am so happy with how she ended the book and provided a compelling and satisfying resolution. Fantastic book.

READ IT. So here’s the dealio, I had finished of what is so far the shatter me series and have been in a mourning period for the my wait until the next book for that series. Then I search on websites books similar to the shatter me series. And this series isn’t really like the shatter me series, BUT IT IS GOOD. no... IT IS AMAZING. I read it in 2 days (obsessed). I made me cry and want MORE. Just the characters are so well thought out and amazing.

Amazing. It’s an amazing book I loved the ending .

The Grisha trilogy. Started off as a great trilogy the end was extremely disappointing. Alina was born to have those powers it was her destiny to be queen, to have them taken away from her was unbelievable and made for a terrible end to this trilogy!!

Loved this series so much! I didn’t want to put it down!. The fantasy world paired with real down to earth characters who struggled, fought, and loved really drew me in to the story. I loved the complexity of the characters and the unpredictable storyline.

And it goes out on a whimper. This was a really promising series all the way until the end. The ending was so mundane and bad that it basically negates the rest of the book. Why do authors struggle so much with endings? I’m very disappointed to say the least.

Amazing!. Ruin and Rising is the most kickass, well developed, well written, and unique fantasy book I've ever read. With amazing writing and a Russian folk tale atmosphere this book is insanely good and unique from other, more cliché fantasy books where nothing too gory happens and everyone lives and the hero lives happily ever after. All in all the best book I've ever read and I highly recommend it 👍

Ruination. Perfection.

BEST SERIES EVER. I really enjoyed The Grisha Trilogy because it just has an AMAZING plot and storyline, it is also the perfect twist of a little romance and action. I would recommend this to people who are 14+

GIVE IT A CHANCE. I absolutely love this series. But this book IS a little SLOW. It has its good parts but there’s a lot of Boring in it before it gets good. Give it a chance. It gets good. Around chapter 6 it picks up. Looking forward to reading the next few coming up.

okay ending. dont like mal. alina could had a pirate king smh

Just incredible!. The imagery within the writing is just amazing. The bond that they share seems insurmountable, but can still remind us of what we have felt like when in love. There is nothing ordinary about this book series. I’m glad I spent the money on it because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.

Great series.... Overall series (the first two books especially) were awesome. The characters and the plot were both developed so well I had a hard time putting the book down. However the last book didn’t turn out as I wanted and expected. I was disappointed that it didn’t seem as well thought out and written as the rest of the book. I would still recommend it, and overall it was a great read and a thrilling ride.

I hate the ending. I hate the ending. Author got lazy for sure!

Thank you!. This is book is just perfect...comedy, sadness, romance, adventure. Everything I love thank youuuu.

Bittersweet for sure!!!. I love this series so much! I’m definitely happy I read it, but like really sad that I’m finished! I fell in love with most of the characters and the ending had me shedding a few tears.

6 Stars!. -SPOILERS AHEAD- I love this series with my whole heart! Book One was GREAT, Book Two was WHATEVER but this one is just a complete and total CHEFS KISS. I loved Mal’s character in this, and I loved Nikolai even more, couldn’t stop underlining quotes. Don’t listen to the other people, the beginning is kinda slowwww but then it just gets so much better. I literally sobbed so hard when Mal turned out to be the third amplifier, I SOBBED EVEN HARDER WHEN NIKOLAI TURNED INTO A MONSTER, and I cried really, really, really, really, a thousand times really hard at the final battle. I have to say, only critique is that after Alina kills the Darkling, there’s about 45-ish extra pages of what happens to her after the fight. It’s a bit slow at the end but still worth it! Read the series you wont regret it!

A good read. A good read to the very last page.

And that was how it all ended, guys.. If you aren't prepared to be angered, excited, frustrated, gloriously sated from the ending of this novel - then steady yourself. You're on for a bumpy ride. Good luck and enjoy.

No ma’am. Why? Loved this whole series and then the ending happened. Three whole books and that was how it ended... no, just no. No hate to Mal but when you have Nikolai as an option verse really anyone he’s the obvious choice. And (SPOILER) WHY DID ALINA HAVE TO LOSE HER POWERS??? I was more sad for Alina than Alina was for herself. Other than this disappointing ending I love this series.

Wrong ending. This was a fantastic series and book 2 was my favorite. The ending provided in book 3 was so majorly missed for me. It felt too much of a Disney fairytale ending than a realistic one. It was too romanticized which I felt was already wrapped up nicely before the final fight scene. The final fight scene was rushed but still an ok scene. I just felt the overall ending to the main character was a romanticized Disney version that was unrealistic despite the reasoning provided by the author.

Wow!! I LOVED the conclusion of Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy!. Review originally posted on Reading Books Like a Boss Wow!! I LOVED the conclusion of Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy! This trilogy was absolutely fantastic. I cared about the characters, every single one of them, even the villains. Ruin and Rising What I loved about the series as a whole was that the author never lost sight of the bigger picture. The whole series builds to a fight between good and evil, dark and light, a incessant battle for power. It would have been really easy to have focused on the romance aspect of the book but that didn't happen. The focus on the battle between the Darkling and Sun Summoner really propelled the series forward, especially this final book. Alina's character development over the course of the series was brilliant. It kind of reminded me of the way Karen Marie Moning built MacKayla Lane's character like a freaking boss. In Shadow and Bone, Alina was a meek mapmaker who lacked confidence, who pined over her best friend and soldier. She never thought she was worthy. After she discovered her gifts brimming underneath her skin, she was forced to go through so much, and in turn she came into her own. She blossomed and commanded an army, made friends with warriors, and won the hearts of many. But only one person had her heart. The romance in this series is very understated but quite lovely at the same time. Leigh Bardugo had an opportunity to take the romance in to triangle territory (and even square territory) but she didn't. She stayed true to the characters in this one. "You were meant for more than me, and I'll die fighting to give it to you. but please don't ask me to pretend it's easy." There was one clear villain in the series, a love interest, and a strong leader with great comedic timing. Admittedly, I grew a little tired of Mal's incessant desire to put aside his feelings for Alina in order for her to take the crown. But I understood why he was that way (that didn't mean I had to like it though *stomps foot*). After a long and very apparent absence from my heart, the Darkling came back with a vengance in Ruin and Rising. Holy Saints, he's a vicious thing. "You live in a single moment. I live in a thousand." The utterly seductive Darkling I loved in Shadow and Bone is no longer. He's killing things with no craps given, manipulating people like it's his job, and just being generally creepy. He's one of my favorite villains because even though he's bad, there are still cracks in his veneer of good. He allows himself to be vulnerable (or maybe he's just playing Alina), where you see the young innocent boy he once was. This is one of those series with wonderful secondary characters. David and Genya's adorable relationship and quiet devotion. Sturmhond's Grisha, Tamar and Tolya, were fierce warriors, yet knew when to be funny. And who can forget Oncat and Harshaw, the Inferni who loved his tabby cat so much. I really enjoyed them all, even Zoya with her prissiness stuck-up attitude. The ending melted my heart and left me with a big smile on my face. Though it was a little bittersweet, I was still incredibly happy and I don't think I could have asked for a better ending than this. Thank you, Leigh Bardugo. 4.5 stars

Good book but.... SPOILER ALERT** Don't get me wrong this book was great I loved the beginning and middle. I hated the end though. It was predictable. Alina battles the darkling, wins and Saunters into the sunset with mal. I was hoping for something a little different than the other teen fiction books I normally read. You spent the whole time putting this connection between aleksander ( the darkling ) and you just destroyed it in the end. I thought maybe Alina would join the darkling or even change him. I was just hoping for something that wasn't so predictable ugh! Loved your whole series and everything about it except the ending of this book....

Amazing. Some stories you forget when you grow up, but some stay with you forever. I know I'll remember every page of this beautiful book as long as I live.

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The Ruin and Rising book written by Leigh Bardugo was published on 17 June 2014, Tuesday in the Fantasy category. A total of 1,521 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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