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Shadow and Bone: Ruin and Rising: Book 3 Paperback – 26 June 2018
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- Publisher : Orion Children's Books; 1st edition (26 June 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1510105255
- ISBN-13 : 978-1510105256
- Reading age : 12 - 15 years
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 3.8 x 19.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
What an amazing ride the Grisha series has been! Brilliant, classic high fantasy on one hand and yet unique and unpredictable on the other. So many twists that I did not in the slightest see coming, and which developed or resolved situations perfectly. Genius storytelling revealing complete mastery of poor defenceless reader emotions as well as fabulous world-building and skillfull character development. Such a satisfying ending too - no mean feat to pull off, but she did it. If you're hesitating to finish this trilogy for fear it could let you down, stop messing about right now and get on with it. ― Thoughts From The Hearthfire Published On: 2014-07-28
... an excellent end to one of the best trilogies I've read for a while. Hugely enjoyable reading. ― The Book Bag
... the final episode of the powerful and all-consuming The Grisha sequence -- Julia Eccleshare ― Love Reading
Ruin and Rising left me teary-eyed and contented. I didn't want to leave these characters and yet it just felt SO right. Everything came together and was revealed and resolved and it was just a perfect and beautiful ending and I couldn't have wished for anything more. Leigh certainly delivered. It did the series justice and lived up to its previous two books spectacularly. Thank you so much for sharing Alina's adventure Leigh. I, and many others I'm sure, are extremely grateful. Without a doubt: 5 stars! -- Laura137 ― Guardian Teen Books
A captivating and endlessly exhilarating story that knows no limits. Ruin and Rising is the breathtaking conclusion to the dark fantasy trilogy Shadow and Bone. This story has everything that you never imagined you would want and makes it even better than you could ever fathom. If you have not considered the books or haven't heard of them then I strongly recommend you do because they will fast become your favorite books. ― Falling Books
It's difficult to put the beauty of this series into words, as it has to be read in its entirety to be fully appreciated. The careful weaving of magic, fantasy and fairytale comes to a close with a finale that feels like the perfect ending for all involved. There are surprises galore and more than a few emotional, heart-wrenching moments, as the loose ends are tied up with graceful finesse. I cannot praise this series highly enough, so don't be deterred by the YA genre tag - it truly does appeal to all ages. ― Book Chick City
Praise for Leigh Bardugo: I was away on the ships and wandering through Ravka with Alina and Mal, I was on the receiving end of his kisses and his annoyances. I felt the sun warm the pages whenever Alina summoned and I felt the fear when The Darkling was around. There is nothing I don't love about the world in which the Grisha trilogy is set and I cannot wait until next year to see how this series is going to conclude. ― Readaraptor
Praise for Leigh Bardugo:Leigh is a writer of the best kind because she loves her characters and the world they live in and makes a reader jealous that they can't visit it. There is magic in these pages. ― Sister Spooky
Praise for Leigh Bardugo: I wrote a piece here gushing about why the Grisha series is so different and so special. There are many small reasons that all come together to create the awesomeness. But there are also many more that I can't even explain. Maybe it is different because it is just magic. It has the most exquisitely constructed world, the best-written characters, the most amazing writing and storyline. And it always always always leaves me desperate for more. It always leaves me aching, foaming at the mouth, for more: right now. And that, perhaps, is why it is so special. It is magic. It is beautiful. It is perfect.
Well, except for that cliffhanger. How am I meant to make it a whole year with that hanging over my head?!
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The world-building is yet again fabulous. Leigh Bardugo has created amazing imagery that enthrals the reader and she vividly portrays every scene with architectural details, local legends and stories, meticulous descriptions of landscapes and fantastic, creepy and deadly creatures. All these details give a special charm to the story.
After her last confrontation with the Darkling, Alina has transformed a lot. She is no longer the vulnerable girl from the previous volumes; she has become a skilled strategist, a fighter/a leader/ a saint who arouses admiration and fear in allies and enemies alike. The road ahead is not an easy one, but with Mal, Nikolai and her Grisha friends by her side, she always pushes on. I appreciate Mal for his devotion to Alina, though I still can't see them as lovers. He becomes the hero who sacrifices himself out of love and loyalty, driven by honour and duty. He puts Alina before anyone else, above his own life, without a second thought. As for the Darkling, he will forever be my favourite in this story. He remains true to his nature until the end. A veritable foe who does not seek redemption and won't apologize for his actions (I wouldn't imagine him in any other way). And that ending was a genuine surprise.
Magical, seductive, surprising and devastating, Ruin and Rising has definitely surpassed all my expectations. I am looking forward to reading the other books set in the Grishaverse.
The Apparat has painted Alina as a new Saint. Alina is not interested in being a saint. Her ambition lies in finding the third amplifier and defeating The Darkling.
This book is better than the first but nowhere near as good as the second. Whilst I did enjoy a lot of the journey, Nikolai was missing for most of the book. There was so much more that could have been done with his character. I also hated the ending.
My main gripes are the same as they have been throughout. The romance element – particularly the love triangle aspect – continued to be a little tiresome and dragged out (and Alina still seemed a little uncertain on who she ultimately wanted) and her tendencies towards martyrdom were just as annoying as before. In general, Alina was as irritating as she had been in the previous books – making comments about Mal like ‘I wasn't sure I recognised him anymore’, did she really expect him to stay exactly the same after everything he’d been through? (A lot of which was thanks to her too!).
The world and the writing continued to be spectacular and really was the main driver that kept me interested. Leigh has a fantastic way of drawing you into the world she has created and although I didn't connect with Alina, I did connect with a lot of the side characters – Mal, Genya, Tolya, Tamar – all were so individual and courageous.
The ending was pretty good but I did feel like it was over quite quickly considering the build up. I've seen a lot of mixed comments about the ending, especially regarding her choice of man at the end, but I actually felt like it was a very fitting ending. If you remember the Alina from the start of the series then this ending is very fitting for her. Yes she has changed throughout the books but at the core she is the same girl and I think the ending was the one that made the most sense for her.
Reading this series has definitely made me seek out more of Leigh Bardugo’s books because I am in love with her writing and the worlds she builds – I can't wait to read Six of Crows next!
I love it when a book actually makes me physically react and I didn't see something coming; there was a point where the Darkling did something (pretty bad) and I found myself saying 'oh my god he didn't' which just makes me smile because I want books to surprise me!
There was a lot more character development in this one and the relationship between Mal and Alina evolved throughout and I was always left guessing what was going to become of those two.
Overall after reading this series, I'm glad I did because the world and the story is definitely one worth exploring, but I would say don't give up on the second book. I thought the second book in the series dropped the ball a bit, but I'm glad I read through and got to Ruin and Rising because it got so much better!
The conclusion to Leigh Bardugo’s Russian-inspired fantasy trilogy is a smartly written, tightly plotted affair that ties up the various plot strands in a satisfying way. I particularly enjoyed the way Bardugo shows the politics at play between the various factions lined up against the Darkling, notably the machinations of the Apparat who seeks to use the people’s belief in Alina’s sainthood for his own political ends. Alina also grows more as a character here, questioning her own desire for power and the conflicted emotions she has for the Darkling. I was a little bored by the repetition of the romance issues between her and Mal (much of which seemed to be a variation on issues already explored in SIEGE AND STORM) and I remain unconvinced by the supposed romantic pull between Alina and the Darkling (a shame as he gains a lot of depth here). That said, I thought that the ending was entirely fitting for the story and tied up the different plot strands in a way that left me satisfied and I even enjoyed the epilogue (a device I’m normally leery of). All in all, I thought this was a solid trilogy with an original premise and I really look forward to reading what Bardugo does next.
For me the best parts of the book relate to the politics at play between Alina, Nikolai and the Apparat as they each seek to oppose the Darkling but also maintain their own agendas. Nikolai in particular gets more growth here thanks to an unexpected development and although his emotions for Alina did make me roll my eyes, he does rise above the usual ‘hot boy’ stereotype and displays qualities that show why people follow him. The Darkling also gets more character development, which steers him away from being a cartoon and gives his storyline some much needed poignancy that gives the ending additional punch.