Ruin and Rising

Ruin and Rising

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"The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Alina forges new alliances as she and Mal search for Morozova's last amplifier. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that alters her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields" --Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Square Fish, Henry Holt and Company,, 2015.
Edition: 1st Square Fish ed.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781250063168
Characteristics: 421 pages :,map ;,21 cm.


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lgmosher Jul 22, 2020

The darkling and Nikolai....
They absolutely made this series.
Without them it just wouldn't have been worth it.

I loved Mal in the first book. He stole my heart and made me see Stars. He was a perfect character.

Bardugo killed a wonderful thing.
She killed Mal... it was probably a third of a was through the second book and even parts of third. He had his moments in the books that gave me hope that she would right her mistake but she disappointed yet again.
She made Mal into a sniffling, whiny, jealous little baby that I couldn't stand, and it angered me to my very core. Towards the end he became more bearable, yet it was nothing like the strong character she had built and then destroyed.

Deserve her? No she needs to work herself up to deserve you Mal.
Honestly, she had these men fighting over her and I didn't see the appeal. She didn't bring anything to do table. Okay, I get Mal. They grew up together, it was sentimental.
And yeah.... The darkling just wanted to use her...

But Nikolai? Like.... Even after he couldn't use her to his advantage, really? I didn't get the appeal. She had a terrible personality, she couldn't keep her loyalties straight, she wasn't faithful AT ALL, and she was weak. Like in all forms of the word weak, pathetic, and just.... Laughable. Her character was the worst "STRONG" female character ever written because she wasn't a strong female lead. She was a little girl playing at being a woman and Bardugo didn't develop her character and I believe she was trying to.

Since I'm on a negative streak, let's not forget the TERRIBLE decision that Bardugo decided to take Nikolai in. Honestly, I think she made a list of the worst things that could happen to the characters and for the story and then chose them at random. She took the character in the series that HELD TO SERIES, who literally became the only reason I was reading and decided that he didn't need to be there anymore.

Again.... She had a good, great, perfect thing and she destroyed it, and not for the greater good of the story. Honestly his plot line in the third book held no weight. She should have incorporated him more. More of Nikolai would have made the book just that much better.

Honestly, it wasn't as terrible as I thought it was going to be. The ending was decent and didn't leave you wanting to set the book on fire.

She had strong characters that she decided to falter and flatten into less than they were. Instead of growth they stayed stagnant or actually shrunk in their personalities or purpose.

The series was admirable.
But it has been weighed, it has been measured....
.... And it has been found wanting.

My emotions over the course of reading this book were all over the map. I love these characters so much and I put off finishing just to prolong the experience but I'm crying my eyes out. What a ride! I am satisfied with this ending, I loved the Darkling as much as anyone but in the end I'm happy with how it turned out for Alina and Mal. The epilogue was perfect and this series is one of my all time favourites, for sure.

Jul 06, 2019

The third book in a good trilogy. It didn’t blow my mind or inspire tons of emotion but a strong finally while tying up a lot of loose ends. The one main grip I have with this book is primarily opinion based as the main romance is not at all what I wanted and, while well set up, was underwhelming. I do still recomend this series if you have read any of Leigh Bardugo's other books or want to jump into her incredibly well crafted universe.

May 28, 2019

The final book of this trilogy continued to be as excellent as the previous two books. The ending was satisfying and included an epilogue.

Feb 21, 2019

This series has blown me away. I was completely surprised by the type of world that was built. It was not something that I have encountered before. It was action packed and I cared for the characters.

JCLHebahA Feb 04, 2019

Satisfying conclusion to a decent trilogy. I could definitely see Bardugo's skill as a writer growing through the series, with this final volume having both higher stakes and a better developed set of characters. If you'll excuse me, I'm off to read everything else she's ever written now.

Oct 13, 2018

Ruin and Rising was really underwhelming, to say the least! I don't even know how many times I nodded off during reading this one! I'm happy to have the trilogy finished and I won't be rereading these books. I'm sorry to say, I wasn't the biggest fan and I really wanted to be! I have been looking forward to reading these for a long time now and even though I really did enjoy the first book, this trilogy just didn't do it for me. The plot, what there was of one anyways was a repeat in each book! Alina was captured, Alina escaped, Alina got another amplifier, Alina wasn't as pretty, Alina couldn't be with Mal, over and over it went. Ruin and Rising was seriously boring and drawn out. There wasn't enough Darkling nor was there enough Nikolai to satisfy my needs. It also had a horrible ending because of a certain character death. This book truly disappointed me. Rating – 1/5.
@Average_Bookworm of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

PimaLib_ChristineR Aug 24, 2018

Just really good. I can see Bardugo's writing improving from the first book to this end of the trilogy. I like that it's not a happy ending with everything unicorns and rainbows, but it's happy enough that I didn't feel like throwing myself off a cliff.

I think perhaps Bardugo had read the St. Crispin's Day speech a few too many times. Lots of thinking on "our little band up against the odds" by Alina. Despite that, the plot drives forward and the characters are well-written. She may have taken the easy way out regarding the Alina-Mal-Nikolai triangle, but to be fair, it's always going to be difficult when there are three likable characters. Overall a satisfying read that I can see myself revisiting and recommending.

For this type of Fantasy YA, I don't think there are many people who are better writers of plot, world or character. Like Laini Taylor, the writing keeps getting better, so I almost have to ask that readers new to these authors read their older works first, so they can fully enjoy them, before they see how much better the writing keeps getting.

Jul 07, 2018

I liked this series. So, why 4 stars instead of 5? Well, because I liked it, but I didn't LOVE it.

Why did I like it? The plot was, for the most part, well constructed. Many of the secondary characters were also quite interesting. I liked the heroine and I thought the whole "am I turning evil?" inner turmoil was well done. The obvious villain had nuances, and a few other characters were ambiguous enough that they weren't clearly good or evil. Some of the twists were quite clever.

Why didn't I love it? The love interest wasn't particularly well developed. I knew I was supposed to root for Mal and Alina but, frankly, Nikolai and the Darkling were more interesting than Mal. So, I pretty much ignored the romance and focused on the rest of the story. The other thing I didn't love was the end. Alina basically flat-out says at one point "I thought I'd figured it out and it made sense and was satisfying. Then I realized that was wrong and it was this other thing instead." I'm with her. The other thing instead was creative but it wasn't all that satisfying to me as a a reader. Hopefully that's vague enough not to count as a spoiler.

Mar 08, 2018

***Spoilers. You’ve been warned***

The plot was a pretty fast paced one, just like the first and second. This one’s got more heartbreaking moments and I’m glad to see the romance drama has cleared as well. You still feel the awkward tension between Mal and Alina and it does induce moments of eyeball rolling but the heartbreaker comes when hell breaks loose and Nikolai gets taken away and becomes corrupted by the Darkling.

Did I ever want to cry out loud in horrifying rage.

Of all people Nikolai just HAD TO BE THE ONE. Just when things were getting a little better, when it looks like he might have snagged Alina and they might be together (just maybe?) but noooo! He had to be corrupted and although he valiantly did try to fight it my heart broke into two. (I guess you could say I’m all for Team Nikolai) Which of course clears the path for Mal and Alina to try again and rekindle their love.

This love triangle was one where I was happy with who she would end up being with either way. Of course I would have preferred Nikolai because I loved his character and personality. But now that Mal stopped his stupidity the chemistry was back between himself and Alina. It just felt right.

I loved how everything just came to full circle to close this series. How in the end, Mal and Alina go back to recreate the orphanage to house children just like how they used to be when they were young. It was sad to see Alina decline to be at Nikolai’s side, but also to decline to be at court with the other Grisha but, it was for the better. Alina had never felt like she was part of them, neither did Mal. It was touching when she received the kefta with the note (yeah I got a little something in my eye with that moment)

And even though the Darkling didn’t deserve it, kudos for Alina to take the high road and giving him a proper ending.

I enjoyed reading this series. I’m sad to see this series come to an end. I didn’t realize how attached I were to some characters. It was a nice sigh of relief at the end though. When I closed the book after reading the final page. It was a beautiful but bittersweet ending.

(David and Genya!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!) :D

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Violence: Death

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


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