Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: June 2014
Rating: 5 Stars
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. -Summary from GoodreadsI've come to the realization that writing a review for the conclusion of a trilogy is hard. It's hard to put all my feelings for this book into words. It's hard to avoid spoilers. It's hard to do justice to something that was so awesome.
Ruin and Rising was everything a conclusion ought to be. Everything that this series has been building up to got dealt with, all loose ends were tied up, and characters were given their endings. There were a couple of twists, heart-wrenching moments, and plenty of awesomeness. Everything was as it should be.
This book made me gasp in shock and smile from sweetness. It made me fall in love with the characters again after almost a year of not being in their world. It solidified my love of the series by having a solid conclusion. Simply put, it was all-around just a well done book.
I don't know what else I can say except that the Grisha Trilogy will live in my heart, and on my bookshelf, for a very long time.