Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3), by Leigh Bardugo • Published by Indigo • ★★★★★ • Goodreads • LibraryEverything hurts, but the pain is what makes it work.
There is no doubt that Ruin and Rising was an epic ending, it is a very satisfying read. More than satisfying, I should say, especially for the mildly sadistic, dark side of me. Because I have loved both Sturmhond and the Darkling since the second and first book (respectively), and in Ruin and Rising, everything exploded out of me and I just want to prostrate myself before Bardugo for this beauty of a book.
Chapter 11 was where I started the roller coaster ride to Emotional Hell. The thing with roller coaster rides is that even after you alight, you either start heaving or relish the wind in your ears. When I finished Ruin, my heart was left in the Land of Emotional Upheaval.
Bardugo created characters that I cannot not adore. I enjoyed the fact that Alina and Mal were inseparable from book one. I enjoyed that the Darkling is really a Grayling. I especially love her masterful work on Nikolai. I had been charmed by him, at the ending of Ruin, I loved him to his very core.
I love that Bardugo puts all the flawed characters together and formed a beautiful trilogy. Alina and Mal may have their happily-ever-after but, what made the book for me was Nikolai. His transformation into a King -- Korol Rezni, as much of a horror it had been, it was also something like the rain that accompanies the sun which creates a rainbow.
It's just so hard to articulate my love for Nikolai Lantsov because of Ruin and Rising. It was easy to like the charmer previously, just as charming was easy to him.