Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo 

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


Favorite Exerpts:

Page 48:

“And there will be no more child soldiers.”

“If the faithful wish to fight–”

“You are on your knees,” I said. “We are not negotiating.”

Page 119:

Now the voice seemed to be coming from above us. Luchenko craned his neck, peering into the trees. “An excellent dancer,” said the voice. “Oh, and an even better shot.”

“Who–” Luchenko never got to finish. A blast rang out, and a tiny black hole appeared between his eyes.

I gasped. “Imposs–”

“Don’t say it,” muttered Mal.


My Review:

Ruin and Rising is yet another shining example of Leigh Bardugo’s literary excellence. The world building is, for lack of a better word, perfection. It’s so incredibly immersive that I’m still having trouble processing that I am not in Ravka hours after finishing it.

The characters have such great depth that it’s difficult to imagine them as something a person created with just words on a page. Each character has their own feel and their own history. I could easily see myself taking part in many of the conversations between characters, though I prefer to avoid the ones that end in explosions.

The story itself is bittersweet and absolutely stunning. Everything comes together and all questions are answered at the end of this series finale. I only wish I could forget it to read it again for the first time.

Overall, I rate Ruin and Rising 5 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it. Order Ruin and Rising from Barnes & Noble in the US, Waterstones in the UK, or your locally owned bookstore and enjoy it for yourself!

For more information about Leigh Bardugo and her work, visit her website.

Have you read Ruin and Rising? What did you think of it? What books would you recommend to someone who enjoyed this book/series?

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