From goodreads: 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.
If I had to summarize the final book in The Grisha Series it would be this:
Ruin and Rising did not disappoint and all the little twists and turns did surprise me, like a lot. Like I didn’t even see the major plot twists coming and there are a few. I was a complete mess by the time I was done reading and felt like this:
As always I won’t give any spoilers away in this pseudo review, I will keep it super vague and reflect on how this book messed me up.
Some people really hated Alina. Personally, I liked her because she’s been born with a gift that she had no control over. All she wanted out of life is to be loved, to be noticed but she’s not really a natural-born leader until she’s forced to and she evolves as a heroine throughout this series and that’s something I totally enjoyed. There were plenty of moments that I wanted to slap her repeatedly but overall I really liked Alina.
Mal also wiggled his way back into my heart because in book 2, he was so incredibly whiny and had the poor me syndrome. But in this book he did things that needed to be done and he didn’t cry about it. He put his vagina in a land far, far away. *sigh of relief*
“It’s a promise to be better than I was. It’s a vow that if I can’t be anything else to you, at least I can be a weapon in your hand.”
And don’t even get me started on Nikolai. OHMIGOD…I never saw that coming and I won’t say what that is BUT it’s kinda major. My heart was hurting and I actually think it still does but that’s nothing that a little therapy and xanax won’t cure! *wink*
“I hope you weren’t looking to me to be the voice of reason. I keep to a strict diet of ill-advised enthusiasm and heartfelt regret.”
I didn’t realize that there were so many Darkling fans. Granted, there were moments when I loved him and absolutely hated him but I mostly felt sorry the Darkling and I blame his mother. Despite my love/hate relationship with him, I thought he was the most complex character and would have enjoyed more about him. Leigh Bardugo could have included at least one chapter in his POV. Normally I hate alternating POV’s but in this instance, one chapter would have been crucial to understanding how he truly came to be.
“I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.”
Leigh Bardugo delivered a final book that I thought was absolutely fantastic and heart-wrenching. Excellent writing and I don’t think the story could have ended any other way. If you are a fan of this series and haven’t read the final book, trust me, you’ll want to because it’s good. Good, as in FANTASTIC but brace yourself for the emotional rollercoaster ride.