Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3), by Leigh Bardugo • Published by Indigo • ★★★★★ • Goodreads • Library
Everything 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.

Moi Tsar.

Comments

  1. I have read other reviews for this but yours has convinced me that I must read it. The ending makes all the difference doesn't it? In fact, I can read so, so books that I fall in love with when the ending blows me away.

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  2. I really like this series, but I kind of feel like it didn't have as much of an impact on me compared to other series. I am glad that Mal and Alina had a happy ending in the end.

    I like what you said about "the rain that accompanies the sun which creates a rainbow."
    :)

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  3. YAAAAASSSSS OMG I AM SO HAPPY YOU LOVED THIS ONE, TORY!!! (CAPS TOTALLY NECESSARY BECAUSE LEIGH BARDUGO + MOST EPIC SERIES EVER [below HP though, hahaha].) I agree that Ruin & Rising was the perfect end to such a wonderful trilogy, and it was more than wonderfully dark and broke my heart into a million pieces but I loved every single moment of the pain... because I'm sadistic and twisted too. *cries*


    I was so, so, SO attached to all the characters that when you-know-what happened to Sturmhond I actually fucking teared up -- and that never happens because I have a heart of ice. Looks like that's slowly melting, too. :') "Darkling is really a Grayling." -- I cannot agree more! I was one of those people who loved him right from the start (I was so gullible I even got tricked by him, just like Alina did), even after it was clear that he was the bad guy, but the amount of character development Leigh gave him and how he never came across as truly evil -- and particularly his last conversation with Alina during the final battle -- made my ENTIRE BEING ACHE.


    And of course there's Nikolai, Sturmhond, the new Tsar of Ravka. He was shallow at first in the second book, but holy shit of all holy shits, his love and loyalty toward his country and his bravery and determination and wit... He really grew into a so much more complex character than simply just a boy with a beautiful face and quick humor.


    Ruin & Rising was all things gorgeous and so was this review. <3


    P.S. It's a small detail, but I love the formatting of your reviews! Putting all the book info in a speech bubble is so cute and unique!

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  4. Different series affect everyone differently, I didn't *love* this series before this book, but mainly it's because of Nikolai so... is it weird if I say I only love this particular book out of the series? xD


    Hehe, thanks! (I just love my sad, tragic heroes too much...)

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  5. URGH YES! I love the ending, I mean, the ending of the ending where Nikolai was just sitting there. HE JUST SAT THERE. And I was crushed by how everything had become for him. JKFHSLFHJAKF :(


    I had to put down the book when I read about the you-know-what because my brain was like "NO, DO NOT WANT TO COMPUTE THIS" and it was the one time I felt the same way Alina did. Of course, Bardugo had to punch the wind out of me again when Alina tried to fix it and failed, and I was just ready to throw the book at the wall but then I loved it too much. D: I was really surprised I felt really sad when both Darkling and Baghra went down. I loved Darkling in book one so much that I don't really mind that he was a villain, lol. I LOVE VILLAINS! (Or the sexy, tortured, self-righteous ones anyway...)


    I want to both crush and hug Leigh at the same time, as with Darkling. D: NEVER MIND THIS DILEMMA, I SHALL LOVE NIKOLAI AGAINST ALL ODDS! ;A;


    Thank you, and thank you! It's a formatted blockquote, I'm rather fussy about my blockquotes, lmao. :3

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  6. URGH YES! I love the ending, I mean, the ending of the ending where Nikolai was just sitting there. HE JUST SAT THERE. And I was crushed by how everything had become for him. JKFHSLFHJAKF :(

    I had to put down the book when I read about the you-know-what because my brain was like "NO, DO NOT WANT TO COMPUTE THIS" and it was the one time I felt the same way Alina did. Of course, Bardugo had to punch the wind out of me again when Alina tried to fix it and failed, and I was just ready to throw the book at the wall but then I loved it too much. D: I was really surprised I felt really sad when both Darkling and Baghra went down. I loved Darkling in book one so much that I don't really mind that he was a villain, lol. I LOVE VILLAINS! (Or the sexy, tortured, self-righteous ones anyway...)

    I want to both crush and hug Leigh at the same time, as with Darkling. D: NEVER MIND THIS DILEMMA, I SHALL LOVE NIKOLAI AGAINST ALL ODDS! ;A;

    Thank you, and thank you! It's a formatted blockquote, I'm rather fussy about my blockquotes, lmao. :3



    And one more thank you for this awesome comment, made my day! Especially since I got it right after one of my exams, haha. ;)

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  7. So happy you loved the final book for this series! I think Leigh did a fabulous job wrapping everything up while staying true to the characters! And this series was such an emotional ride. Hee, I loved the 'Darkling is really a Grayling'!


    And I love the blog design!! I guess I haven't been here in a bit - but it looks fab- so sleek and classy! And it suits you too I think!

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  8. Yes, I did! I think I'm going to have to own a physical copy of this book just because I love it so much! (Even if I'm not sure if I want the first two... LOL.)


    Thank you! I had to look hard for one that I really like so that I can finally quit fussing about the aesthetics of my blog. I'm glad you think it's suitable!! <3

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