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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

About the Book- Ruin and Rising

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. 

 This series is one of those that you can easily binge read and would love every minute of it.

Read on for our review of the book

Our Review

What can I say that hasn’t been told before? What can I show you that hasn’t been seen before?. I am clueless as to what to say and write about this book. A book, that is finale to a series that is creating waves and storms all over the world. By the time I was reading Ruin and Rising, The Netflix show was already out and was taking the world in its shadows 😛 The series can’t be explained. You have to be in the Greishaverse to experience its magic. You have to be part of this dark and power-hungry world to know what it is in this book that has created such a massive fan base. 

Since we are already in the finale, I think it would be not a spoiler if I go and say that, somehow, I was rooting for Alina and Darkling rather than Alina and Mal. I may not have expected the conclusion to land so sparkly, but yeah I guess after what the series has taken its readers through, that candy floss ending was what we needed. Although I am curious to see how the Netflix series is going to adapt it into its storyline.

The finale was everything that I wanted and more. Some of the lingering questions were answered. Some of the loose ends were tied up ( although pretty conveniently 😜) and at the same time, the book in itself brought a whole new set of events and plot twists rather than just focusing on finishing up everything. The book had very well maintained and carried forward the full intensity of the previous two books.


Usually, once I start blabbering, I can go on and on but with this book, I am kind of short on words. All I would do is keep on repeating that the book is good. The series is good. So I am going to end this review short and sweet, saying that this series is one of those that you can easily binge read and would love every minute of it as each book has a character of its own and yet it is all beaded together perfectly.

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