Really Really Short Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Welcome to Really Really Short Reviews were the name is long and the reviews are short! Because sometimes short is that much sweeter. (Also, because I’m really lazy!) And there might be quotes too (lots and lots)! (Because everyone loves quotes, right?)

Ruin and Rising - Leigh BardugoPublisher: Henry Holt and Co (June 17th 2014)
Hardcover: 422 pages
Series: The Grisha #3
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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.


A tad underwhelming for a finale, but I loved the snark. The wonderful snark.

And the lovely, romantic-al tension (I got my ship!).

“He watches her the way Harshaw watches fire. Like he’ll never have enough of her. Like he’s trying to capture what he can before she’s gone.”

And Nikolai. He wins a lot awards.

“You never know,” said Nikolai. “I’ve been busy. I might have some surprises in store for the Darkling yet.”

“Please tell me you plan to dress up as a volcra and jump out of a cake.”

“Well, now you’ve ruined the surprise.”

Still didn’t care too much about the Darkling…(yeah, I’m one of those people).


[Nikolai] clapped his hand on Mal’s shoulder. “It’s good to see you, Oretsev.”

The smile Mal returned was genuine. “You too. Thanks for the rescue.”

“Everyone needs a hobby.”

“I thought yours was preening.”

“Two hobbies.”


“Everyone okay?” Mal asked.

“Never better,” said Genya shakily.

David raised his hand. “I’ve been better.”


“I hope you weren’t looking to me to be the voice of reason. I keep to a strict diet of ill-advised enthusiasm and heartfelt regret.”

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

6 Replies to “Really Really Short Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo”

  1. Despite it not being the strongest ending to a trilogy this is a series I want to try!

    1. The first two books was pretty awesome! It’s definitely worth checking out 🙂

  2. I was able to get a full taste of the Bardugo experience with her Six of Crows book (which was just so, so, so, so fantastic) and I can’t wait to give this one a try, the original series 😀 But.. you don’t care much for the Darkling? Strange as I’ve heard so many who have fallen head over heels over him hahaha! Makes me wonder where I would side 😀

    Faye at The Social Potato

    1. Haha, yeeah I think I’m an odd ball when it comes to The Darkling! Or maybe it’s because I was pretty set on Mal.
      I hope you enjoy this series! It’s pretty awesome and if you like Six of Crows, I’m sure you’ll enjoy these ones (it’s got lots of great snark, too hahaa). Can’t wait to see who you side with!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Love those quotes! I picked up SIX OF CROWS, and now I’m trying to decided if I sould read THE GRISHA series first. I just want to jump into it, but I’m one of those readers who wants to appreciate anything from a previous series. Anyways – so glad you enjoyed the ending and got your *ship* too, Cyn!! 🙂

    1. There’s so much snark and lovely moments, haha. I just finished Six of Crows! You don’t really need to read the Grisha series, but it does help give you a better understand of the grishas, and it is a good series, so it is worth checking out!
      Thanks, Kim 😀

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