Review | Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone, #3) by Leigh Bardugo

“In this moment he was just a boy -brilliant, blessed with too much power, burdened by eternity.”


Book 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.



Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Rating: 4.17

My Rating: 4.80

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥






This book ruined the whole series for me in the best way possible :))


The character development and the writing style have grown so much and improved so much since the first book.


Nikolai is hands down my favorite male character in this book (sorry Mal-lovers). I just completely fell in love with his character even though I think he suppose to be more of a supporting character only. If he was a supporting character, he did his job very well from the very first scene he was included on Siege and Storm.


Mal is like that very lovable and perfect best friend. I don’t hate him. . . but. . . well, I’d rather not say since I am keeping this spoiler-free.


Alina. Wow, I actually enjoyed her throughout the book. I found her super bad ass even though I got frustrated with her sometimes. But, when did I not get annoyed of the female leads in my fantasy books? She seemed so cliche and everything in the first book but suddenly turned into a badass Sun Summoner in the third book. Damn girl.


The Darkling. My beautiful A–. I know he is suppose to be the evil villain but, do I hate him? Even after all he has done? No. I felt so sorry for him and if you finished this book. . . don’t tell me you don’t feel even a little bit of pity for him. He is another name I have added on the list of villains that I can never seem to hate. His character was really thought of, especially when it came to this book.


The characters of this story are easily my favorite part of this book. The way they were written was just so real and I felt every single one of them that I can’t stop reading. The writing style could have been better in the first book but I have to say that it greatly improved, and so when it came to the third book, I was complete trash. It took me about a month to even start talking about this book because I still have not forgiven what Leigh Bardugo has done to my life.


The first book was not my favorite and it really gave me second thoughts on continuing the series but I am so glad I finished it because this is definitely one of my favorite book universes that I have ever read.



Truly one of the greatest YA Fantasy worlds I have ever read.

I don’t care if some people don’t like it, I don’t care if it’s corny at times, the characters are too connected to me.



And let me tell you that my love for this was increased by the Six of Crows duology (go read this series too).







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