February 16, 2019: ‘Ruin and Rising’ by Leigh Bardugo/A Review

I heard so many mixed reviews about ‘Ruin and Rising’. I went into this book bracing myself, since I wasn’t sure whether I would be pleasantly surprised or throw the book down in disgust after sticking with it for this long.

It turns out that I feel…well, pleasantly surprised!

‘Ruin and Rising’ by Leigh Bardugo is the third book in the Grisha trilogy. It follows Alina and her quest in searching for the final amplifier in order to save Ravka from the Darkling. Along the way, Alina discovers more about her powers, and also which characters in her inner circle are truly her supporters in the darkest of times.

There is a major plot twist toward the end of this book, which did make me want to put the book down and say, ‘Really? It’s going down that path?’, but I decided to keep reading. Only because I was almost finished with the trilogy, so I might as well see what happens. As it turns out, the way it all wrapped up was a pleasant surprise. I do wish that I received more input from certain characters, but I wasn’t dissatisfied with it.

I’m glad that I completed ‘Ruin and Rising’, and now on to ‘Six of Crows’. The world of Ketterdam is touched on briefly in Ruin and Rising’, and I’m curious to learn more about this different landscape.

One more thing…so many readers love the Darkling over Mal. As for me, I’m just not into the Darkling. Manipulation is not for me!

Professional Reader

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