Review: Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Why I chose this book:
This series took me completely by surprise. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with these characters, but Shadow & Bone drew me in, Siege & Storm captured my heart, and Ruin & Rising completely and utterly transfixed me. This is most definitely one of the top reads of the year for me. 

Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publish Date: June 17th, 2014
Format: Audiobook, Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Likes:
I really liked the modge podge group in Ruin & Rising because I felt like you got to know them each one on a deeper level. Zoya really came into her snarky personality; you saw a softer side of Tamar, especially where Nadia was concerned; you began seeing more bits of Tolya’s steely faith; with Nikolai you saw the soft flesh underneath his thick skin and the pain it created; and you couldn’t help but watch in agony as Mal’s painful loyalty to doing the right thing puts the ending of this book in jeopardy. 

The character development was purely out of this word. I fell even more in love with all these characters than I had before. Everything from the writing to the narration, to the plot, to the way everything ended, it was all perfect.

My Bookish Loves:
Can we talk about how many twists this book has? I didn’t see three of the huge twists coming. I was always on the edge of my seat. There was never a dull moment where I knew what would happen. And the suspense build up was fantastic. 

The ending was probably what I loved most. It was perfect. I have read very few series that I have fallen so deeply in love with let alone loved the third book in the trilogy, but this is now the best ending to a trilogy I’ve ever read. I don’t want to say more than that, because I’m afraid my mouth might runaway with me and tell you all the wonderful, crazy, fear-inducing things that occur in this book.

After finishing the entire series, I can say with confidence that I will buy her next book no matter what it is. This series so quickly stole my heart, and I didn’t know it until I was halfway through Siege & Storm

Final Thoughts:

Beautiful world building and a masterful creation. That’s really all I have to say. I listened to these books on audio, but I am going to try to buy all of these book in hardback. I loved them so much and I need them on my bookshelves.

I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads.

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