• Abbie Smith

Book Review: Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo


Finally! I reached the ending of the trilogy! Like Siege & Storm, there was very little that I remembered of the plot.

I hated the beginning of this one. At the end of Siege & Storm, Alina and friends have narrowly escaped death and are being held underground by the Apparat, a creepy priest dude who pledged himself to the crown, but really seeks his own interests.


In this novel, Nikolai (*swoon*) returns, along with a giant emerald that he gives to Alina in the hopes of them marrying one another to forge an alliance between regular Ravkans and the Grisha.


Honestly, I read through this one so quickly that the details are a little fuzzy. I really, really, wanted to get to the Six of Crows duology.


The main plot of this one was for Alina to retake her place as the leader of the second army, as the Darkling had escaped the capitol and was now an enemy of the state. All the while, they're trying to figure out the location of the amplifier Alina needs to complete the trifecta of Morozova's journals--a fire bird.


This series had one trope that I hate: the main female character sacrifices her powers to save anyone else. Like...why can't we have both? Why can't we remain the badass powerful Grisha and get to live my life at the end? It just felt... sad. Alina was such a badass, and then she just... went to have her happily ever after off screen. Sigh.


The main issue I had with this trilogy was the lack of romance. There was pining and teenage angst, but it really didn't satisfy any of that longing inside of me.


I really can't wait to see how Netflix translates the rest of the series to the screen. I have no doubt that Ben Barnes will be perfect as the Darkling, and that Nikolai will satisfy my need for a smartass prince!


Thanks,

Abbie

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