Book Review of “Ruin and Rising” by Leigh Bardugo


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. (From Amazon)

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

This book was incredible, from start to finish. I know during the first book I was #teamdarkling and I remained so, until about halfway through this book. By the end, I hated him, while still having a soft spot for him. I believe he was a product of his environment, and had he been raised differently, he could have been a great man. (The Prequel story about him included in this book also helps me believe that.)

I was very pleased with the endings for all the secondary characters, I was happy to see them all get what they deserved. Was I happy how it ended for Mal and Alina?? I was and wasn’t. I had really hope she ended up with someone else. I still didn’t feel Mal completely deserved her.

Overall, this was an incredible series. I am so happy that I finally read it, after months of it sitting on my bookshelf. Leigh Bardugo has now been upgraded to my auto buy list! If you havent read this series. You should! And don’t wait. Be ready for some seriously amazing plot twists. Especially in this book.

“He leaned against the window, and the gilded frame came into sharp focus. “Do you think it would be any different with your tracker beside you? With that Lantsov pup?”
“Yes,” I said simply.
“Because you would be the strong one?”
“Because they’re better men than you.”
“You might make me a better man.”
“And you might make me a monster.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising





I was sad that Alina ended up with Mal, I was really hoping for a future with Nikolai. He believed in her, before he had even met her. He was stubborn, and hilarious, and I felt he was deserving of her. He went to tremendous lengths to save her, and keep her safe. I wanted her to become his queen. I wanted her to love him, like he deserved. 

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