Wednesday 18 May 2016

RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

Now Alina's story reaches its incredible conclusion in RUIN AND RISING. 

 The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. 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 Alina 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 - but claiming it could cost Alina the very future she is fighting for.

The other day I decided it was time to find out how the Grisha Trilogy ends, so I got stuck into it.

Alina Starkov might be hailed as a Saint by her followers, but after almost dying during her latest encounter with the Darkling, she's weak and damaged. So much that she can no longer connect to her power source because she's been living underground for months.

The Apparat is attempting to come across as someone who worships the Sun Summoner and is only concerned with keeping her safe, but he's doing the opposite. He's power hungry and wants to control every facet of her life. To isolate her from her friends and allies, keep her under his watchful eye so he can control the masses in her name, and make sure she doesn't go anywhere.

But Alina wants to find the firebird so she can amplify her power enough to defeat the Darkling. That's the only way they're going to overthrow and overcome the dark ruler who is obsessed with her power and is more determined than ever to destroy everything...

Yep. This is how you complete a trilogy.

The narrative and action is well balanced with the emotional and shocking events that unfold. The setting takes us from the depths of an underground cathedral to the exhilarating heights of a mountain fortress. Plus the twists and turns don't stop coming, and keep you guessing until the final battle. 

Ruin and Rising is an explosive conclusion to an intriguing and addictive trilogy. The mythology is as rich in this book as it was in the previous two books, and delves even deeper. The biggest revelation took me by surprise and turned out to be shocking and heartbreaking. The ending is both sad and exciting. It's also very satisfying

I especially liked that everything ended where it began.

Now it's time to read the new series set in this world...

Ruin and Rising, July 2015, ISBN 9781780621845, Indigo

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