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Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo

Blurb:
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:
I’m so glad I finished this trilogy. I really enjoyed the Six of Crows duology and now I have really enjoyed The Shadow and Bone Trilogy.

This ending was so good so much happened and the twists were really good.

I enjoyed Ruin and Rising a lot more than Siege and Storm, I feel like a lot more happened and it was a lot more emotional than the second book. The further I got into it I had no idea if everything would be tied up nicely.

Although I wish there had been a happier ending for Nikolai because I really did like him and there was part of me that wanted him and Alina to end up together, just because I really liked his character, there is no splitting Mal and Alina and I couldn’t have been happier that they ended up together.

I found that I liked Alina more in this book, she was a lot more open about her emotions than in the previous books and I really liked that growth for her, also Mal was able to see her as she is and loved her no matter what happened.

I can see how some people would have an issue with this though because it can come across as Mal not loving Alina when she is more powerful than he is and he wants to feel like a ‘man’ to protect her. But I see it more as Alina was changing and he didn’t feel like he fit into her life anymore and they were both hurting.

I’m so glad I read this trilogy I really enjoyed it!

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