Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Shadow and Bone #3
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 11 hours
Publisher: Audible Audio; Henry Holt
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Source: Personal collection

SYNOPSIS

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. 

MY THOUGHTS

For a tragically mediocre series, this book is actually pretty great.

Escaping the Apparat. The Darkling and Morozova’s backstory. Dark Nikolai. Hunting the Firebird. Killing [spoiler]. Killing [SPOILER]!

I absolutely love final battle scene, but I hate the actual ending. I do not agree with some things that happened.

I must say, I really liked the audiobook narration. Lauren Fortgang’s performance gave me so many emotions and actually brought me to tears even though I don’t love this series!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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