Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Genre:  YA Fantasy
The Grisha Series, Book 3

Note:  This is the third book in a series.  It can potentially hurt earlier book plots if you keep reading.

Description (taken from Leigh Bardugo's website):
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.

Alina is trying her hardest to gain enough power to overcome the Darkling.  But the battle from the last book has left her with too much to recover from.  Staying in the Apparat's underground tunnel network, she is safe from harm.  But she's kept from moving forward and helping her country fight the Darkling.  That is until they can bring the sunlight into the tunnels.

Mal and Alina.  Alina and Mal.  Their destinies are intertwined, but they're not meant to be together.  And this book is going to challenge that.  This relationship is what makes me love these books.  That, and I have the hots for the Darkling (there's no rhyme or reason for my feelings).

I'm really not going to say much other than this final book was a little bit better than the previous 'final' books from other series that I've read this year.  While it still wasn't the awe and wonder I wanted, I was still very satisfied with the ending.  I just want more...

Seriously, fantasy lovers should check out this series.  It's so much fun to follow.  I loved every second of it.

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