Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Published June 17th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co.
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: This was another book that I read two months ago and have been struggling to write a review on. This was the final book of the Grisha trilogy and I was really sad to see it end. I loved this book so much that I finished it the same day I started it. I literally could not put it down. It was tough in the beginning to see Alina so worn down and kept down by the Apparat. When she finally made it out of those caves I was so relieved. Her ever changing relationship with Mal was interesting to see become strong once more. There were so, so many feels in this book which were amplified (no pun intended) by the fact that this was the final book in the trilogy. Although part of me was still rooting for The Darkling to change his ways and end up with Alina, I am happy with the way the book ended. And although the story of these characters is over, I’m glad to be able to revisit the Grishaverse in Six of Crows. There were so many times when I could barely sit still while I was reading this because the action was so intense. Such a great ending to a great series.