Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo Review

So we are onto the final book of the series and to be honest I seriously can’t wait to see what this book has to bring and to see if it will be a good ending to a series I have liked quite a lot.

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.

Taken from goodreads

I do have to start by saying I really enjoyed the writing throughout this series, it makes the reading experience so much more fun to do. You are getting all the information you need without it feeling like it is overwhelming. Due to the writing style I found myself really enjoying characters that I didn’t actually like if that makes any sort of sense. 

For me this book does a good job in being a finale of a series but I do wish I got a little bit more. I felt like the ending was really rushed, the story was building up to this epic battle that was going to happen and then within 20 pages it was over. I wanted more, I wanted more action, more suffering but we didn’t get that.

Alina’s character growth from the start is really great, I did enjoy seeing her turn from this shy girl who didn’t think she was good enough to being confident and knowing her place in the world. However, Alina doesn’t hold a candle to the true star of the show and that being Nikoali, he was so good in the 2 books he was in I am now buying King of Scars just to be able to get more of him.

This is a good book but for me it didn’t really feel like an ending to a series, with the disappointing ending and how rushed it all felt. I can’t give it a very high rating. The series itself is great I just expected more and I think because of how much I enjoyed Six of Crows it sort of made it an impossible challenge to keep up with that. 

4 / 5

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