“The capital has fallen.
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.”
-Taken from Goodreads
This was, for me, one of the most anticipated releases of the year. In terms of world building, this is one of the most creative I’ve seen in a while (I’d say there’s only one better than this one, which would be the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ trilogy). It made me wish I could be a Grisha (an Inferni, preferably), just like Rowling made me long for a Hogwarts letter.
It is always difficult to say goodbye to a great series. ‘Ruin and Rising’ was no exception. While it was a satisfying ending, there were some things I do wish were different.
I wished, for instance, that the Darkling’s plot had ended in a grander manner. I wished that Baghra’s end was different. However, I did feel that Alina’s and Mal’s ending was perfect, albeit bittersweet.
Now that this series is over, I guess the only thing that’s left for me to do is to cherish it and wait patiently for the author’s next book.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5