Ruin and Rising (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Grisha Trilogy Series #3)

Ruin and Rising (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Grisha Trilogy Series #3)

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by Leigh Bardugo
     
 

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Limited collector's edition of the final book in the New York Times-bestselling Grisha Trilogy, featuring an exclusive Darkling prequel story!

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.

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Limited collector's edition of the final book in the New York Times-bestselling Grisha Trilogy, featuring an exclusive Darkling prequel story!

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.

Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627792219
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
06/17/2014
Series:
Grisha Trilogy Series, #3
Edition description:
B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Ruin and Rising 4.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 63 reviews.
User7 More than 1 year ago
The NOOK version does NOT have the bonus short story.
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
I could not but Ruin and Rising down. Leigh has given her fans one of the most amazing series ending books I have ever come across. There are no breaks. No perfect "Okay, I think I'll start dinner now" moments. Not only do you not want to put it down, you can't. It's impossible! There was one very distinct moment, and I cannot say when because hello HUGE spoiler, where I knew I wasn't finishing this book on Sunday unless it was the wee hours of Sunday morning. I will tell you it was around page 250, about 59% into the book. Alina's character has made such a transformation from herself in Shadow and Bone. Even The Darkling makes note of it when he makes a sex joke and she dishes it right back when two novels ago she would have blushed and looked away. Speaking of The Darkling - we learn is name! You know Leigh definitely is definitely going to tie up all loose ends when she reveals even that smallest detail. There are so few Grisha left for Alina after the events of Siege and Storm, but this small group (we're talking 12 people) ban together in such an amazing way to stand against The Darkling and his cruelty. Considering the number of characters Leigh has to work with, each and every one of them stand on their own two feet. Their personalities never blend into one another and they don't come across as one secondary blob. A true testament to Leigh's writing ability. It's not just characters though. She does an amazing job with descriptions, scenery, Alina's internal thoughts. Nothing about Ruin and Rising comes across as a 417 page novel. You can't escape her beautiful writing and the real world doesn't bleed through while you're reading either. I'm not really going to touch on the romance, there is such a huge divide in this series that I know people will be pissed, pleased, and contented. Not many people are able to pull having more than one love interest, but it's real and logical in The Grisha. There is no "clear choice" or a guy thrown in there just to make things interesting. Leigh did a wonderful job with her love quadrangle, simple as that.  To boil this rather long review down, Ruin and Rising is a beautiful ending to a beautiful series. The writing is fantastic, the continuously developing characters lovable, and the plot simply amazing. I was already a fan of Leigh's halfway through Shadow and Bone, but knowing that she can end a series just as well as she can start a series has sky rocketed her to a position on my top authors.
L0VE2read More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars for Ruin and Rising. -1 star for B&N for false advertising. Was pretty upset the NOOK version didn't have the short story as stated on the website when I per-ordered the book, since that was the only reason I bought it through Barnes & Noble as I had already purchased the first two books with Amazon and would have liked them all in the same electronic library. The story though was great. An excellent finish to the series. I wasn't too surprised with the ending, but the story really pulls you in and I definitely shed a tear or two. Recommend this series for anyone who likes fantasy romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire series was a very big build up for the end of book three which had a very anticlimactic ending. I was very disappointed in the final battle which is what I found to be very anticlimactic. Overall the series was intriguing and the final ending very well rounded. Glad I read it, but will sadly never reread the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like the ending? no. no thank you leigh, you can have thatt ending back
book4children More than 1 year ago
The thing I like about this series is that the story didn't morph into something unrelated to the initial concept. It's one big story, broken into three books. It's been such a long time since I read Siege and Storm that I had a difficult time remembering who some of the minor characters were. It didn't bother me too much since I got sucked into the story anyway. Leigh Bardugo knows how to capture her readers. I loved the progress that Alina made, up to a point. Some of her decisions were selfish, but for the most part, she cared about her country and tried to do the right thing. I've never been able to like Mal, and I still didn't in this book. I felt like he didn't deserve Alina. But then again, in some ways Alina didn't deserve him. I found Nicolai's fate very interesting. I adored him in the last book and I still loved him in this one. I was disappointed that the author decided to have the characters pair up the way they did. I really wanted this book to be clean, and it almost was. There is some sex in the book, and it's mostly non-descriptive. Even so, I would only recommend this book for older YA readers. Overall, it was a riveting and mostly satisfying ending to a great series. Content: Violence, non-descriptive sex, kidding, mild language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible end to the series. Bardugo still has surprises and twists that left me guessing to the end. It's a fast paced and satisfying read.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I enjoyed this series. Some places it dragged but on the whole it was well done. ~*~LEB~*~
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
Blinding Light The best part of this one by far was the beginning. I loved seeing Nikolai take charge and the rescue missions by him are always a blast to read. Truly, I wish this series was about him as he is an amazing character but unfortunately he's not in this story much. I enjoyed learning more about the Darkling's past and the history of this world. I thought getting more information about the amplifiers was a great touch to the story. Again, the side characters are always fun to read about. There is a large group of very different people that all add their own quirks to the story. Darkness Reigns So this one was good in the beginning, progressively got boring, and then just flat made me angry. There are so many amazing powers in this story, and the heroine has this huge power that could've had such astonishing potential, and she hardly ever uses it. I am just astounded by how much her power is 'talked' up and then she barely delivers. Back to our heroine, she makes some incredibly outrageous choices in this one. In the first one she was lacking in self esteem, in the second one she actually wanted to die in parts, and in this one she is greedy and self-serving. Yes, everyone has faults, but this is supposed to be the mobad heroine that the whole world is rallying behind and frankly she doesn't deserve the support. The way everything was 'resolved' just leaves me shaking my head. I cannot fathom the choices that were made. It was all very unbelievable to me. Bound Together The romance I enjoyed in this one until a crazy choice by Alina. Then I'm just trying to figure out how on earth Mal can stand to be around her. Pyres Burning in the Distance The series as a whole started out good and slowly got worse. I was expecting much more out of the story because the concept is so wonderful. The powers that the characters have could truly have gone somewhere fantastic. This one was a let down. The side characters are great and definitely carry the story.
sheltisebastian More than 1 year ago
Leigh Bardugo is Queen of fantasy!
Amber_Elise More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Ruin and Rising is such a difficult book for me to review, because I had so many feelings, both good and bad! Plot: Ruin and Rising picks up right after the cliffhanger in Siege and Storm. The Darkling has even more power now and Alina has finally come to terms with her attraction to her three gentlemen suitors (we can call them that, can't we?). Ruin and Rising was nonstop action that had me at the edge of my seat in hopes that everything ended well for these characters I have come to love. While Bardugo's writing was solid and kept me glued to the pages, I wasn't 100% satisfied with the ending for some of the characters (and out of fear of spoiling it, I'll leave it at that). Characters: I have never been so torn about the love interest in a series as I have for The Grisha Trilogy. In Shadow and Bone, The Darkling was such an attractive and seductive character and I couldn't help but fall in love with him. As the series progressed, he was portrayed more and more as our villain and it overwhelmed me. Did I still love the Darkling? Would he ever be redeemed? How am I supposed to feel?? Because I was so attached to him from Book 1 (hell, probably more attached than Alina), I didn't love the third book as much. The other characters were memorable and often brought a smile to my face or made me worry about their general safety. Alina's transformation is beautiful and it's what I want from all my female MCs from here on out. World Building: The world of the Grisha is one of my favorite worlds to be transported to and I felt that this world was even more enhanced with Bardugo's novellas that gave background to the culture and folktales. Short N Sweet: The Grisha Trilogy is one of my favorites stories of all time, while I wasn't completely sold on the ending, this is a world that I will never forget!
megankylene More than 1 year ago
Wow!! I LOVED the conclusion of Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy! This trilogy was absolutely fantastic. I cared about the characters, every single one of them, even the villains. Ruin and Rising What I loved about the series as a whole was that the author never lost sight of the bigger picture. The whole series builds to a fight between good and evil, dark and light, a incessant battle for power. It would have been really easy to have focused on the romance aspect of the book but that didn't happen. The focus on the battle between the Darkling and Sun Summoner really propelled the series forward, especially this final book. Alina's character development over the course of the series was brilliant. It kind of reminded me of the way Karen Marie Moning built MacKayla Lane's character like a freaking boss. In Shadow and Bone, Alina was a meek mapmaker who lacked confidence, who pined over her best friend and soldier. She never thought she was worthy. After she discovered her gifts brimming underneath her skin, she was forced to go through so much, and in turn she came into her own. She blossomed and commanded an army, made friends with warriors, and won the hearts of many. But only one person had her heart. The romance in this series is very understated but quite lovely at the same time. Leigh Bardugo had an opportunity to take the romance in to triangle territory (and even square territory) but she didn't. She stayed true to the characters in this one. "You were meant for more than me, and I'll die fighting to give it to you. but please don't ask me to pretend it's easy." There was one clear villain in the series, a love interest, and a strong leader with great comedic timing. Admittedly, I grew a little tired of Mal's incessant desire to put aside his feelings for Alina in order for her to take the crown. But I understood why he was that way (that didn't mean I had to like it though *stomps foot*). After a long and very apparent absence from my heart, the Darkling came back with a vengance in Ruin and Rising. Holy Saints, he's a vicious thing. "You live in a single moment. I live in a thousand." The utterly seductive Darkling I loved in Shadow and Bone is no longer. He's killing things with no craps given, manipulating people like it's his job, and just being generally creepy. He's one of my favorite villains because even though he's bad, there are still cracks in his veneer of good. He allows himself to be vulnerable (or maybe he's just playing Alina), where you see the young innocent boy he once was. This is one of those series with wonderful secondary characters. David and Genya's adorable relationship and quiet devotion. Sturmhond's Grisha, Tamar and Tolya, were fierce warriors, yet knew when to be funny. And who can forget Oncat and Harshaw, the Inferni who loved his tabby cat so much. I really enjoyed them all, even Zoya with her prissiness stuck-up attitude. The ending melted my heart and left me with a big smile on my face. Though it was a little bittersweet, I was still incredibly happy and I don't think I could have asked for a better ending than this. Thank you, Leigh Bardugo. 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was REALLY good
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mollyreads More than 1 year ago
This is a review for the whole trilogy I LOVE this trilogy. It is easily in my top 5.  The world Bardugo builds is so amazing. She put a lot of detail and work into creating Ravka and all of the inhabitants. It's incredible.  Alina is a pretty badass chick. She's conflicted with herself at times, but that's something I really enjoyed. It had you questioning what she was going to do, if she was going to become a villain or not. She even seemed conflicted about who she loved, which kept you on your toes to find out who she was going to end up with. I really enjoyed those mysterious aspects to the story. Her character was so complex to me & it was so interesting to read what she was feeling at that moment and how quickly it could change.  The story itself was well put together. It was very entertaining, there was something happening in almost every chapter. It's loaded with action, politics, betrayal, religion, magic(powers), science, monsters and romance. I don't think you can ask for anything else from a trilogy! I mean really, what didn't this book have? But it is put together in such a wonderful way that it all makes sense!  This is an amazing trilogy & I would recommend it to everyone!
quibecca More than 1 year ago
*** may be spoilers because this is book 3 of the series *** I have been holding off finishing this book for a while now.  This might sound silly but when I am reading a series, it is hard for me to finish.  I am the type of person that if the series doesn't end well, it makes me dislike the whole series.  It ruins it for me.  So, I have loved this series so far and knew this was the end, and I was nervous.  I started reading and was like "WHAT".....  I already didn't like what was happening so I took my time picking it up again.  Thankfully this book did NOT disappoint!  I am soooo glad! This series got better and better with each book.  I love that.  I love, love, love the world that Bardugo built.  I love that she has a map at the beginning of the each book so that you can see where they are going.  I was lost in this world for three wonderful books. The characters in this book are so fantastic.  From the MC to the side characters.  Each one had a place in the book, and each one was brought to life for me.  I cannot tell you how much I love that.  When I can connect to the MC it's awesome, but when the author connects me to ALL their characters the reading experience is heightened and it brings it more to life for me.   The struggle that Alina went though to take down the Darkling was fantastic.  I loved that the two characters could connect step into each others minds.  This book really brought to light just how "DARK" the Darkling was.  He was just a sad, power hungry man.  He was a fantastically, tortured character that Bardugo brought to life.  There has to be someone in a book you love to hate!   This is the part that had me thinking I might not like the ending....Nikolai.  I loved his character.  He was so funny, and wanted to do the right thing.....and he loved Alina.  No...No...No...  She had to be with one man!  Mal.  Although I loved Nikolai in this book, and loved how he wanted to protect Alina, he was not the man for her...in my opinion :).  I did love their mutual respect for each other, and the banter they had between them, and I loved him as a character.  I just didn't love him as Alina's love interest.  Which brings me to Mal. Mal.  Yum.  Okay, so I picture a dirty man who likes to get down and dirty to find what he is looking for...but Yum.  I loved him from the minute he was introduced in the book.  He is such a great character.  He is kind, loyal, funny, and just plain yummy.  He was so tortured throughout this book with his love for Alina.  Ugh, why do authors have to make the journey between two people so dang miserable sometimes...hehe.  Kidding.   It was wonderful.  I hated that they were not together and always felt like "they couldn't" be together, but I held out hope that the would come to their senses, suck it up and realize they have to be together.  Thank you Bardugo.  I don't think I could have handled it if they did not end up together.    I was terribly worried at the end, but it all worked out for the best.   I could go on and on, because I am sad that this is done.  I loved this series.  It was so much fun to read.  The battles were awesome.  Their powers were fantastic.  The writing was A MAY ZING! Source:  I bought this book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved the whole series.
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Perfect,, perfect, PERFECT!!!