I loved both books in The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo; so much so, in fact, that I reread both Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm leading up to this book (as well as all of her published shorts set in the same world). Ruin and Rising marks the third, and final, book in the trilogy. It was, and always will be, and absolute delight to read anything Bardugo has written in this world. This book proves no exception. It is everything that I wanted, and more.
* Spoilers ahead for those who have not read Shadow and Bone or Siege and Storm *
Following the destructive battle at Os Alta, Alina and the remaining Grisha have isolated themselves below ground in the White Cathedral. Now, aided by the Apparat and the Soldat Sol, a group of volunteers in the Apparat’s holy quest, Alina is trying to recuperate and rebuild. Broken and power-stricken she tends to Genya, who has been mauled by the Darkling’s demons, as she tries to regain control of her powers. Determined to find Nicolai, Alina and company escape only to come against Alina’s biggest challenge to date – locating the final amplifier… the Firebird.
There are many things I can say, but I would hate to spoil it for everybody. These books are so lush and visual that when I close my eyes I can see the events unfold in a sort of unparalleled beauty. One can almost hear the sounds of these books, feel the tension in your own muscles, and smell the food, blood, sweat, and tears. There’s a magic to Bardugo’s writing, an uncanny nimbleness to her craft that she wields with skill. I enjoyed watching her work through this book. It was well worth the reread.
Bardugo has outdone herself. This book is a treasure brimming with beauty. I loved every word. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
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