Ruin and Rising by Leigh BardugoRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising

byLeigh Bardugo

Hardcover | August 24, 2016

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Enter the Grishaverse with Book Three of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

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.

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Praise for the Grishaverse

"A master of fantasy." -The Huffington Post
"Utterly, extremely bewitching." -The Guardian
"The best magic universe since Harry Potter." -Bustle
"This is what fantasy is for." -The New York Times Book Review
"[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp." -NPR
"The darker it gets for the good guys, the better." -Entertainment Weekly
"Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down." -USA Today
"There's a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo's original epic fantasy that sets it apart." -Vanity Fair
"Unlike anything I've ever read." -Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
"Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!" -Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
"This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien." ?RT Book Reviews
Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns-with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including Som...
Title:Ruin and RisingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.45 × 5.8 × 1.41 inPublished:August 24, 2016Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:080509461X

ISBN - 13:9780805094619


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad the series is over Wish there was more of the Grishaverse. Highly recommend the series.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down my favourite YA fantasy trilogy ever What a spectacular conclusion to the Shadow and Bone trilogy. There were so many heart wrenching and emotional moments. I couldn’t believe when Nikolai went through the ghastly transformation that he did, and I loved the twist realization that Mal and Alina had upon finding the firebird and what it meant for their fates and winning the war against the Darkling. The way the Shadow Fold was destroyed at the end was not how I expected it would be but was amazing all the same. One of the best books I’ve ever read – and definitely one of the fastest I’ve finished.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ruin and Rising I loved this series, but I wish it would have ended a bit differently.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good conlusion I was happy with how this series wrapped up (except for the part that had me in tears which I will not mention). I wasn't 100% happy with the ending and I would have changed a certain aspect of it, but it was still good. Love this series with all my heart
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ruin and Rising A good conclusion. I was mostly happy with the way it ended. A few minor things I would have changed.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible conclusion A conclusion that thoroughly ruined the amazing first book it stemmed from.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing series! This series is fast-paced, great characters, and wonderful world building. I finished the entire series within 2 weeks and that's with working two jobs at the same time. Great series and I will miss it.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the Finale I know there are split feelings about the last book in this series, but I loved it! However, I agree with the other comments about Mal's annoyingness.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mal sucks Mal should have died. No really, he should have. I have no idea how to rate this book. I loved it and feel like it deserves all the the stars buuuuuuuuut that ending bothered me. It felt so convenient and so unsatisfactory. AND THE DARKLING SHOWS UP LIKE 5 TIMES. THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. I WANT MORE DARKLING. And the book would have been way better iF MAL HAD DIED. I guess I would rate it 4 stars, 5 if Mal had died
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from conflicted This book was a great end to the series, well, except for the end of the book which almost completely ruined it for me. It was disappointing, especially given all Alina's been through, to see what happened in the end. This book would've been five stars, if it wasn't for Mal. I absolutely hated him, he brought nothing to the series except drama, and ultimately brought down the entire series.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful conclusion Whew!! Those last few sentences are powerfully written! Hang on until the end... that ending is worth it! I don't want to leave the Grishaverse... I hope Leigh writes more stories in this world. <3
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good The ending was a but disappointing.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Indifferent Loved the first and second book of this trilogy but I felt Ruin and Rising was just overall frustrating and disappointing. It actually keeps me from wanting to reread the series again.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unpredictable and Exciting Conclusion Whew, that was a crazy journey and more intense than I thought it would be. I definitely got some heartache more than once. Just goes to show how attached I became to the characters! I liked how the story and title definitely matched each other. There was a lot of excitement and the characters, both old and new (LOVED Harshaw), had their work cut out for them as they started from the bottom and worked their way to the final confrontation with the Darkling. So much went wrong, and I mean that in the best possible story telling sense. I honestly had no idea how the story was going to end, since things would go right for a little while, then go horribly, horrible awry. I definitely didn't see a couple major twists coming (one came completely out of the blue and made for a heart-pounding ending), which made for an engaging and unpredictable story. The characters I've grown to love have definitely changed and matured, and had their own moment in the spotlight. I was a little frustrated by the drama between Alina, Mal, and Nikolai, but never enough that it took me out of the story. The series was intense and passionate and I couldn't have been happier to see how it ended. I really, really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it to those who haven't read it yet. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Final Book World Building: great Characters: amazing Romance: YES Pace: great Feels: yup! Able to put down: not at all! Worth the read: DO IT!!!!!!!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good conclusion This was an excellent book with such a big plot twist! I'm satisfied with how it ended
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Finale To The Grisha Trilogy These are the type of books that had me up reading late into the night - and the wee hours of the morning - just to see what happened next. I laughed, I cried, and I loved every magical moment. After I read and adored the first novel, I feared being disappointed in the next two, but Leigh Bardugo has shocked and amazed me time and time again. I couldn't put these down if the house was on fire.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant conclusion... I am sad to see this trilogy end, but this was a fabulous concluding novel. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the second book but it was still excellent. I do feel like the world building was consistently lacking something throughout the series, and that's why I rated these 4 stars rather than 5. I can see some things so clearly, but others are murky and incomplete. This never really took away from my enjoyment of the series, but it definitely affected my opinion of the story as a whole. Small issues with world building aside, I absolutely adore Leigh Bardugo's writing. I particularly enjoyed how she chose to differentiate the "Before" and "After" chapters from the rest of the book. The "After" for this book was my favourite of them all: a few final thoughts to wrap everything up and just enough mystery to allow you to imagine the story continuing on forever... This is definitely a series I'll be recommending to many people, and I can't wait to read more from Leigh Bardugo. THIS IS THE THIRD BOOK, SO THE REST OF THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS AS IT GOES INTO MORE SPECIFICS... READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. The Darkling is one of the best villains ever written, especially within "Young Adult" literature (although I don't feel this story is quite as juvenile as most YA books). It is rare to find an evil, sick, twisted villain who also has relatable human qualities. A villain so evil you want him to be killed almost immediately after finding out his true nature, but who you continue to feel sympathy for throughout the series, despite all the despicable actions he continues to delight in as the story progresses. I think that the Darkling was such an effective villain because he felt real; you saw the evil, but you also saw the reasons people would choose to follow him. I also thought Alina's conflict regarding the Darkling added a very realistic and fascinating bit of psychological intrigue to the story. I absolutely love Nikolai and he is most definitely my favourite character in the series. His exchanges with literally every other character are so well written, even after what happens to him in this book. I laughed out loud at several pieces of dialogue and I really enjoyed his more serious moments as well. I'm not sure if I'm in the minority here or not, but I kind of wish a certain character was actually killed off? I don't dislike how the story ended, but I think it would have been even more interesting and impactful if things had gone differently. I did love the ultimate resolution of the mystery and the story over all, though. The end felt like a complete answer, not just something convenient but full of plot holes. I think it's rare to find such a good conclusion to a trilogy.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little disappointing Maybe I'm just not a sucker for happy endings, because when the main characters went through everything, the ending was kinds disappointing that they just "lived happily ever after"
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worst in the series, still ok Kind of a disappointing end to a great series. Definitely not how I wanted or envisioned it ending :( oh well, I guess is still a good series and the spin-off (crooked kingdom) is amazing so check it out!!!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Need a second chance? An okay wrap-up to an okay series. *Update: Almost a year later, and a lot of the characters are still in my head. I feel like I may have been too distracted when I read the trilogy the first time, and maybe I'll give it a re-read sometime and see if I like it better.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finale I liked first two books better but still this was a great way to end the series.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Ending This book may be my least favourite in the whole trilogy, I am still a big fan of it. I love how the story was brought to its conclusion.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good ending to the series! The last book in the series had many twist and turns and while the ending felt a bit strange and rushed it was ultimately satisfying. While I enjoyed Bardugo's Six of Crows series more, this series is still captivating and worth the read!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I CAN'T Believe It's Over!! This trilogy has easily become one of my favourites ever! Ruin and Rising was the perfect conclusion to a beautifully written story, full of characters that just felt so real and relatable. I applaud Leigh Bardugo for wrapping up the series the way she did, it's not exactly the Happily Ever After that I pictured but it is a happy ending and a very bittersweet goodbye to Sankta Alina and her friends. If there is one series I would recommend, it is this one.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from top this was sucha good conclusion
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic finale This series gave me all the feels.. happiness, anger, sadness, scared, and eventually a satisfied relief. I wish it wasn't ending at 3 books, I would love to read more of this series. Loved it!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Perfect end to my fave story!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Somewhat bittersweet (but mostly happy) ending to this trilogy! I'm finally finished the Grisha trilogy. And oh my was it a ride. I loved getting to know Nikolai more, I really grew to love him as a character. I loved Genya and David together and reading more about them, discovering more of their personalities. My heart broke for Genya upon finding out what the King did to her. I loved the strong bond between Alina and the group; the friendship and banter. And Alina has grown to become one of my favourite female characters; I loved her character development. There were plot twists I didn't see but once they were revealed I understood them (even if they did rip my heart out). I basically got what I wanted in terms of how the book concluded and yet I still feel sad for some of the characters and how things concluded. Overall, this was a very satisfying and action-packed, badass, crazy good conclusion to the Grisha trilogy. I love this series!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great (and somewhat bittersweet) conclusion to the trilogy. I loved getting to know Nikolai more, I really grew to love him as a character. I loved Genya and David together and reading more about them, discovering more of their personalities. My heart broke for Genya upon finding out what the King did to her. I loved the strong bond between Alina and the group; the friendship and banter. And Alina has grown to become one of my favourite female characters; I loved her character development. There were plot twists I didn't see but once they were revealed I understood them (even if they did rip my heart out). I basically got what I wanted in terms of how the book concluded and yet I still feel sad for some of the characters and how things concluded. Overall, this was a very satisfying and action-packed, badass, crazy good conclusion to the Grisha trilogy. I love this series!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! There are rarely series with happy endings nowadays, but this is one of them. It ends well, although it may not be to some readers fancy. All loose ends are tied up though and I think that's a big factor in determining how good a book ends.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal! I read this a little while ago and absolutely loved it! It is usually very hard to find an amazing book that ends a trilogy well, however this is not the case with Ruin and Rising! Pick up the trilogy and give it a try, I promise you won't regret it!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read This book was outstandingly amazing and such a quick and magical read, I am so glad to have picked this up!!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ruin and Rising This book was a great end to the trilogy and I could not put it down! I finished it in two days and enjoyed every page! Through laughter and tears, the plot was always advancing and keeping me on my toes. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves action and fantasy!
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trilogy Fantastic end to a beautiful trilogy. Original setting, in depth character growth, real relationships, and just fantastic all around. I was on the edge of my seat the entire book and couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best one in the trilogy Alina is on a quest to find the firebird to destroy the Fold and the Darkling once and for all. As the Sun Summoner, she has powers the Darkling has and is afraid to use it. Her quest gets her deeper and deeper into the Darkling's mind causing her to become more aware of him and his powers. In this epic conclusion, find out if Alina has what it takes to bring Ravka back from the Darkling's true clutches. I almost forgot most of the characters in this book so I had trouble remembering who was who. But with the recaptains posts I was brought up to date and remembering what happened came back. So thank you ladies for that post. There's a rare occurrence that happened to me in this book. I didn't care which boy Alina would end up with because in some form I liked them all. They were all so different and likable. Even the fact that some were more so evil than others, I still liked the Darkling. He has such a fascinating history and I would love nothing more than to read his back story. I felt some spark for all three of them and I just wanted her to pick them all. The feels were all felt in this one. And when I say feels, I meant tears. I teared in this one because of the raw emotion I felt reading it. Oh that scene.. Bless my heart, I had to take a moment to bask in my emotions. Ahhhh. And did I mention that Leigh brought all the punches and turns and twists? Yep she did, and brought you to the brink. She also ended it so beautifully. I don't think I'd change a thing about this book because it had perfect pacing, tone, plot and character development. Overall, you NEED to get on this trilogy if you haven't read it yet. A beautiful, heart breaking and wonderful ending, I will gladly re-read this series over and over again. Truly one of my favourite fantasy series' of all time.
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing series You won't regret reading this series.
Date published: 2014-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The end. I think this is the best book in the trilogy, to be honest. I love how far Alina has come in these books. I wish the story would never end. There's a unexpected event that happens and it shocked me. I didn't expect that at all. (My favourite part though is the end when everything gets resolved and everything is right.)
Date published: 2014-06-20

Editorial Reviews

"The magic Bardugo invents will surprise and delight readers." -The Horn Book"Readers won't be able to turn the pages fast enough to the conclusion that will generate much discussion." -Booklist"Once again, Bardugo is a master at building an action-packed fantasy with extraordinary world-building and complex characters . . . Fans of the first two books will not be disappointed." -School Library Journal"Triumphant . . If opener Shadow and Bone was a magical coming-of-age story and middle-volume Siege and Storm was a policial thriller, then this third book is an epic quest. . . Every time readers may think she's written herself into a corner, Bardugo pulls off a twist that, while surprising, will keep them turning pages furiously." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Mesmerizing. . . . Bardugo's set up is shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for." -The New York Times Book Review on Shadow and Bone"This is one book series you want to get hooked on." on Shadow and Bone"Shadow and Bone was unlike anything I've ever read. Alina is a clever, sympathetic character I will gladly follow into the next installment--which can't come soon enough!" -Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author of Divergent on Shadow and Bone"This is just my kind of fantasy--rich, satisfying, and gorgeous, laced with heart-pounding action and pitch-perfect romance. The characters . . . are layered and complex. I'll be thinking about it for a good long time." -Cinda Williams Chima, bestselling author on Shadow and Bone"* Fast-paced and unpredictable, this debut novel will be a hit with readers who love dark fantasy. . . . Bardugo creates a unique world complete with monsters, magic, danger, romance, corruption, and extravagance." -School Library Journal, starred review"Filled with lush descriptions, intriguing magic, and plenty of twists, this memorable adventure offers action and intrigue mixed with an undercurrent of romance and danger." -Publishers Weekly on Shadow and Bone"Bardugo weaves a captivating spell with lushly descriptive writing, engaging characters, and an exotic, vivid world. Readers will wait impatiently for the next installment." -Booklist on Shadow and Bone"Readers will be rooting for this lonely, tough heroine as she navigates perils physical, magical, and emotional." -BCCB on Shadow and Bone"A rich fantasy landscape, an inspired magical structure, and a gratifying emotional hook keep the pages whirring." -The Horn Book on Shadow and Bone"A heady blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure." -Rick Riordan, author of the bestselling Percy Jackson series on Siege and Storm"Completely engrossing." -Romantic Times on Siege and Storm"Scheming and action carry readers at a breathless pace . . . and will definitely leave them panting for the series' conclusion." -Kirkus Reviews on Siege and Storm"Richly crafted . . . an engaging wish-fulfillment fantasy." -The Horn Book on Siege and Storm"[Readers will be] tapping their feet impatiently for the concluding volume." -Booklist on Siege and Storm