Ruin And Rising
Soldier. Summoner. Saint.
The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.
As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power―but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.
After the events that concluded, Siege and Storm, Alina and the remainder of Ravka’s Second Army are recovering at the White Cathedral under close supervision of the Apparat, a mysterious priest who had lurked previously in the shadows, and although his loyalties are unclear, Alina is forced to take the shelter he provides.
In Ruin and Rising, she learns more about the amplifiers and her connection with the Darkling as she tries regaining her weakened power. Along the way Alina makes, new allies, witnesses more deaths, and even discovers an unexpected truth about the amplifiers. (Let’s just say my previous ‘hunch’, came very close)
As the conclusion to the series, the book did not meet my expectations and I was highly disappointed. The lack of a strong plot and steady writing was frustrating. The world building was good however and the writing was still witty, but it lacks fluidity, almost as if the story came along as it was being written. Some parts were very choppy, others unnecessary. There were alot of times I had to drag myself through the chapter as it didn’t have any strong effect on the plot- typically these scenes involved wandering around forests.
Ruin and Rising did include lots of Grisha mythology which I found interesting. It was nice to get to know more about their powers and at times the storytelling was nice but, again lots of chapters flew by without much excitement.
The character development for Alina, shows her to be more ruthless and assertive and on the other hand, a human side of the Darkling is revealed, but of course this minor point doesn’t shadow his evilness, which is still, obviously, present. In this book, we see Mal being able to redeem himself (a little) and he is even thrust into the centre of the action; he remains by Alina’s side throughout.
I enjoyed Genya and Zoya’s involvement in Ruin and Rising, how they both stood out more than usual supporting characters. I did miss Nikolai in this book, it did dampen the plot overall, the lack of his wits and charisma, especially given the fate that had befallen him. I was also very confused about characters such as Adrik and Harshaw, both having no full purpose or even character depth, it seemed like they just existed.
Overall, this whole trilogy has been awesome to read. It may not have been entirely perfect at times, but it delivered when required. I would recommend reading it. The entire setting, Ravka, and the diverse band of characters, elevated the entire series. The plot was understandable, even when the Small science was involved, and everything was clearly narrated and easy to follow. The final book brought Alina’s story to an end and although I expected more- this would have to do.
Recommended : Young Adult, Fantasy Lovers.
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Or check out my reviews for Shadow and Bone (Book 1) and Siege and Storm (Book 2) :