Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo

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.

 

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Book:
Ruin and Rising
Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Format: Paperback, 422 pgs
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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.

 

Six of Crows |  Crooked Kingdom |  The Language of Thorns | Wonder Woman 
Shadow and Bone
|  Siege and Storm

Review:

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“I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.” – Darkling

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This was better. Not great, not good. Just better than it’s counter parts. Better only in writing but nothing else.

Never in the history of books have I ever been repelled by characters as strongly as I am in this trilogy. You might have even noticed that I hardly mentioned the protagonists in my previous reviews. There’s a reason for that.

Alina the Sun Summoner. The Saint. The -I don’t want to be a hero but kind of do- female protagonist. Is plain, boring and uninteresting. Most authors choose to pick a lead with those qualities. Nonetheless, they develop the lead into something amazing. Here, however, Alina doesn’t grow.. at all. She is exactly the same from beginning to end. Save for her lust for power. That she gets greedy for. Her choices are questionable and decisions laughable. She aligns herself with Nikolai even though he uses her the way the Darkling does. Why? Because he is a sweet talker. Annoying really. Alina could’ve been so much more and yet she chose not to. For Mal.

Mal. The Hunter. The Third Amplifier. Is the Male protagonist of this joint. He is Alina’s childhood friend and was a little late in realizing his feelings for her. Even though he had literally years to have Alina. He chose to notice her only when others did. Then he had the audacity to whine and play the jealous lover about it. He kept trying to stop Alina from reaching her full potential and kept complaining about how Alina was getting stronger and in more reputable positions because he couldn’t keep up. He even admits it himself. The only interesting thing about him was discovering that he was the missing piece.

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You see why I dislike them both. Alina had the world. The Crown. Everything. But felt like she needed to give it up to be with a loser like Mal. Some might think its a gesture of romance but obviously it was the dumbest and most illogical decision of all. Just look at how she could’ve been with the Darkling vs Mal.  She looks so much better as the Sun Summoning Queen. Instead she chose the weakling.

“Na razrusha’ya. I am not ruined. I am ruination.” – Genya

Final Thoughts: This series was a disaster from beginning to end. Awesome characters were snubbed and shooed away. Boring ones ended up with boring ones. We finished where we started. The best lines came from everyone but the protagonists which is weird. And I have no intention of rereading or recommending this ever.

Until Next Time,

Bookbye!

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Final Rating:

★★

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What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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