Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (#3)


This review gets to be short. I don't have a lot to say about Ruin and Rising because...well...I didn't feel too much about it. I didn't feel deeply.

I hate saying this. I wish I had been caught up in the story and characters. But it lacked something. Something vital.

It lacked character. This devastates me to say because I LOVE the world and the concepts are so intriguing, and I really enjoyed the other 2 books. Buuuut....this one felt flat. Like she brushed over everything. (!!!SPOILERS!!!: Like the scene with the Phoenix....soooooo quick and disappointing. And the big reveal? It fell short for me because the promised action and suspense wasn't there.)

Those are just the basics of my problems with the book. I wish there had been more from Alina. I liked Mal the most in Ruin and Rising than the other 2 books, but he still didn't rise to the great potential he had. And the Darkling......ugh. Bardugo did that thing that I hate: (SPOILERS!!!) In the end, she tried to make me feel sorry for him.

NO NO NO AND NO. He's the freaking villain, and I want to be terrified of him. He just didn't cut it in Ruin and Rising as he did previously, especially in book 2. He was blindingly terrifying in Siege and Storm. But Ruin and Rising lacked that because Bardugo pulled the poor-unfortunate-souls card.

Nooooo thank you.

So. Those are my feelings. Those are the reasons why this book doesn't get 5 stars. The reason why it gets 3 stars still are this: HER WRITING. Bardugo is a master of words. She sucked me into the story instantly, with prose that makes angels weep. Not even kidding you.

And I did enjoy the book for what it is. When I finally resigned it, about 2/3rds of the way through, I just plowed through and got what I could out of it. And THAT ENDING. The little epilogue was SO BEAUTIFUL. Like. Exactly what I'd always wanted.

And honestly? I say read this book. If you've read the other two books, just keep reading. You'll be happy you got closure. And many people enjoyed it more than I did.

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.

Some kissing, implied sex.  No language that I can remember.  If there was it was quick and mild.


  1. gah, this is on my Summer TBR and it's interesting to see such a polar opposite review of this!

  2. It was definitely a hard review to write... So bummed I didn't like it more. But I hope you enjoy it this summer! :)