Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy Series #3)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Ruin and Rising:

"The magic Bardugo invents will surprise and delight readers." - The Horn Book

"Readers won't be able to turn the pages fast enough to the conclusion that will generate much discussion." - Booklist

"Once again, Bardugo is a master at building an action-packed fantasy with extraordinary world-building and complex characters . . . Fans of the first two books will not be disappointed." - School Library Journal

"Triumphant . . If opener Shadow and Bone was a magical coming-of-age story and middle-volume Siege and Storm was a policial thriller, then this third book is an epic quest. . . Every time readers may think she's written herself into a corner, Bardugo pulls off a twist that, while surprising, will keep them turning pages furiously." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Praise for Shadow and Bone:

A New York Times bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Flying Start

An Indie Next pick

ABA New Voices list

An LA Times summer reading pick

Amazon Best of the Month list (Teens & Adults) 

“Mesmerizing. . . . Bardugo’s set up is shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for.” —The New York Times Book Review

“This is one book series you want to get hooked on.” —Seventeen.com

Shadow and Bone was unlike anything I’ve ever read. Alina is a clever, sympathetic character I will gladly follow into the next installment—which can’t come soon enough!” —Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author of Divergent

“This is just my kind of fantasy—rich, satisfying, and gorgeous, laced with heart-pounding action and pitch-perfect romance. The characters . . . are layered and complex. I’ll be thinking about it for a good long time.” —Cinda Williams Chima, bestselling author

* “Fast-paced and unpredictable, this debut novel will be a hit with readers who love dark fantasy. . . . Bardugo creates a unique world complete with monsters, magic, danger, romance, corruption, and extravagance.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Filled with lush descriptions, intriguing magic, and plenty of twists, this memorable adventure offers action and intrigue mixed with an undercurrent of romance and danger.” —Publishers Weekly

“Bardugo weaves a captivating spell with lushly descriptive writing, engaging characters, and an exotic, vivid world. Readers will wait impatiently for the next installment.” —Booklist

“Readers will be rooting for this lonely, tough heroine as she navigates perils physical, magical, and emotional.” —BCCB

“A rich fantasy landscape, an inspired magical structure, and a gratifying emotional hook keep the pages whirring.” —The Horn Book

 

Praise for Siege and Storm:

“A heady blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure.” —Rick Riordan, author of the bestselling Percy Jackson series

“Completely engrossing.” —Romantic Times

“Scheming and action carry readers at a breathless pace . . . and will definitely leave them panting for the series’ conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Richly crafted . . . an engaging wish-fulfillment fantasy.” —The Horn Book

“[Readers will be] tapping their feet impatiently for the concluding volume.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-03-31
Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy comes to a thunderous conclusion. If opener Shadow and Bone (2012) was a magical coming-of-age story and middle-volume Siege and Storm (2013) was a political thriller, then this third book is an epic quest. Together with faithful childhood friend and would-be lover Mal and the last few remnants of the rebellious Grisha who aided her in the failed rising against the Darkling, Alina leaves the dubious protection of the Rasputin-like Apparat and the zealots who hail her as a saint to go looking for tsarevich Nikolai and for the fabled firebird. They seek Nikolai as the last political hope for Ravka's future and the firebird for the third amplifier that will make Sun Summoner Alina invincible against the Darkling and powerful enough to unmake the Unsea that divides Ravka in two. Neither quest is easy or obvious, as Bardugo places obstacles both physical and emotional in Alina's path at every turn. She is most successful at delineating Alina's internal conflict as she struggles to balance love for Mal against both pragmatism and fondness for Nikolai, desire for peace and justice against naked lust for power. Secondary characters truly come into their own here, particularly the ragtag band of Alina's Grisha, in whose friendship she finds salvation. Every time readers may think she's written herself into a corner, Bardugo pulls off a twist that, while surprising, will keep them turning pages furiously. Triumphant. (Fantasy. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805094619
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Series: Grisha Trilogy Series , #3
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 25,474
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    The NOOK version does NOT have the bonus short story.

    The NOOK version does NOT have the bonus short story.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    I could not but Ruin and Rising down. Leigh has given her fans o

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    4.5 stars for Ruin and Rising. -1 star for B&N for false adv

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Incredible end to the series. Bardugo still has surprises and tw

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

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    Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo Book Three of the Grisha trilog

    Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
    Book Three of the Grisha trilogy
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
    Publication Date: June 17, 2014
    Rating: 3 stars
    Source: Public library




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    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.




    What I Liked:




    The end is near. For this trilogy, I mean. In fact, this is the end. And what an ending it was. What a trilogy this was. From the start, I wasn't crazy about the series. Sure, I liked books one and two, and gave each four stars. But I wasn't dying to read each book as they came out. I won an ARC of book one, back when I was just a reader (not a blogger). I read it because Dani at Refracted Light pushed Shadow and Bone on me personally- and I really enjoyed the book, so that was a good thing! At the time, I really, really wanted to read book two. But I read Siege and Storm recently, in January - not immediately upon publication. Even this book - I read it in August, and my review is being posted whenever (probably towards the end of the year).




    What I'm trying to say is that I was never entirely invested in this series. Sure, I enjoyed the books. But I wasn't going nuts to read book two or book three, or even book one. I know many people were incredibly disappointed by this book - they were so hoping for one thing or the other. Honestly? Maybe if I were more invested in the series, I would have been part of the one extreme or the other. But it appears that I didn't care as much as most did, so I wasn't too disappointed or too ecstatic.




    In this final novel, Alina must find the firebird to retain all three amplifiers and find the power and will to defeat the Darkling. At the moment, she's very weak, after the stunt at the end of book two. But with the help of her ragtag team, Alina journeys to find the firebird, and save Ravka.




    I must say, Bardugo's storytelling is AMAZING. This story, across the three books, is stunning. Creative and rich - it's hard not to get swept away. I'll be honest: I got confused a lot and forgot a lot of names and didn't care enough to look them up in the other books, but I found that it was okay. Bardugo has a way of telling the story and describing things and throwing names out there but making sure that her readers won't be completely lost or not able to understand the story. At a bare minimum, you'll know what's going on. I had a little more than the bare minimum to work with, but I'm glad that Bardugo made it easy to read these books.




    The world-building is incredible. This series is fantasy, so the world is purely from Bardugo's imagination. This book really showcased Bardugo's brilliance, in my opinion. The world-building, the writing style, the imagery... flawless! I love the Russian influence - Russian, I believe? Eastern European? Whatever it is, I love it!




    The plot was so complex and twisty and weird and sad and terrifying and exciting! I feel like it was hard to be happy at any point in this series. There are rare pockets of positive moments in this book, rare moments of humor, and I love those moments. Sometimes, some of the things the characters say are hilarious. But back to the plot. Bardugo keep throwing obstacle after obstacle at Alina, never giving any of her characters a break. Poor Alina. Poor Mal. Poor Nikolai. Those three suffer the most, in my opinion. And maybe Baghra. And the Darkling. 




    The romance... well, I can see why people hated this book for the romance. But from the start of the series, and the start of this book in particular, I just knew. That's all I'm saying. The ending is a fitting ending, romance and all things Ravka. I liked the ending. 




    What I Did Not Like:




    Meh. This book didn't make me cry, or laugh with delight, or give me a feeling of satisfaction. I love the imagery and fantasy world that Bardugo has created, but I didn't necessarily love or hate the plot, the romance, the characters. Like I said in the beginning of the review, I was never completely invested in the series. I needed the push to read book one. I needed a push to read book two. I wanted to read book three because goshdarnit I will finish the series if I've already read the first two books!




    I liked Alina, but I wasn't necessarily rooting for her. I never really liked Mal, though I liked him in this book. I LOVED Sturmhond/Nikolai - he didn't get the ending he deserved. That particular character/plotline didn't get justice (or justice wasn't done to them, or however I should put that). I'm not exactly talking about the romance. 




    I guess I'm just feeling a sense of apathy. But this apathy isn't totally towards this one book - I'm pretty detached from the entire series. I *like* the series, but I don't love it. I enjoyed the books, but I'm not dying over them or fangirling over them or anything. You feel?




    Would I Recommend It:




    If you've made it this far, then totally! Definitely read book three if you've read books one and two, or even just book one (though you should definitely read book two before reading book three).




    And honestly, in my opinion, this is a great series to binge-read! If you haven't read any of the books, I think it would be an excellent idea to set aside some time and just binge the whole series. It's a beautiful fantasy series! I just wish I were more invested. Especially since my blog name appears in both book one and book two's paperback editions.




    Rating:




    3 stars. Maybe 3.5 stars? Not that Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble do half stars. I liked this book! It was an interesting conclusion novel! Not the epic showdown I expected, but also not what I expected in terms of the twists and turns. Bardugo is a master when it comes to that. I'm really glad that Dani at Refracted Light Reviews pushed me towards this series. It all started with a Facebook post about a book trailer!

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    The thing I like about this series is that the story didn't morp

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    Loved it!

    This is my book of the year! Loved everything about it. I'm sad the story came to an end. Can't wait for your next book Leigh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    OMG

    aahhh I loved it!

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  • Posted August 4, 2014

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    My Thoughts: Anyone remember the song from Boys II Men about

    My Thoughts:




    Anyone remember the song from Boys II Men about saying goodbye?  Well, I did shed a few tears with this one.  I really didn't want to say goodbye to Alina, Mal, Nicholai, hell I kinda miss the Darkling too!  Who wouldn't?    This series wrapped its magical arms around me and just squeezed my heart so much that it hurt to say goodbye to these characters. 




    I feel like everyone had grown so much through the three books and become what the world needed them to be, even if it left us disappointed for the outcome.  I felt like this book was so much more than just a story about right and wrong, good and evil.  The Darkling was charismatic; charming even while he was committing the most despicable acts throughout the book.  I seen there was so much more to him than meets the eye and knew he was pushed in this direction.  That isn't an excuse for him but I enjoyed learning more about him as a child, just so I could understand his brand of evil better. 




    I believe Alina respected him at first and of course she did have a slight crush on him { who wouldn't?} but there was more to it than that.  She felt connected to his emotions because some of them were her own. So I agree with the ending and I am glad that it was finished the way it was.  Compassion is a strong force just as much as hate and love is. 




    Bardugo put us through some serious tear jerking moments in the final book.  Yes, there was people that were lost that I didn't want to lose but again, it shaped the outcome in a way that fit for every character.  Leigh Bardugo is a wonderful writer who makes me question my very sanity as I read her stories.  She gives us insight into the innermost feelings of some of the darkest characters ever and we find ourselves understanding some of their motives and giving in to some pity for these people.  She shows us that we can't just group everyone into the "good" category and the "bad" category because basically people have layers.  I wonder if our author was fan of Shrek? 




    I really believe that Ruin and Rising did a good job of bringing the series to a close-even if it hurt like hell and it wasn't what I was expecting for Alina.  After everything that happened, the ending seemed so simple.  But  maybe that was the complexity of it; that no one was expecting it.  We were shocked right along with all of the characters and it was beautiful. 




    I cried for this book and yet my tears wasn't all sad.  I was happy for these people {yes I know they are not real, only in my heart } and I felt connected to them and genuinely vested in their lives. 




    I also loved reading the Darkling's short story that I got in the back of my book { Barnes & Noble edition}.  I loved that it was at the end of the story; of the series and it took us inside the Darkling before he became the terror everyone knew.  He was  just a boy and I loved seeing him in this fragile way.




    All in all, I was extremely happy with the third and final book in The Grisha Series, Ruin and Rising.  It captured the entire thrill of the series again and everything seemed to come full circle in a way that was beautiful and sad and destined. 
    I have to give it five hearts!  Even many more for the love I felt for this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Bravo

    BRAVO ! One of the best trilogies ive read kj

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Ggggg

    Gggggg

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Fantastic conclusion to this trilogy!

    Just stunning. Leigh Bardugo has serious talent and I'll read anything she writes.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Loved It!

    I have read all 3 books in this series. I loved the premise... a young orphan finding out she has fantastic abilities. These abilities bring her happiness and heartache. It's also a morality tale. Love is the ultimate power. What are you prepared to sacrifice in order to save the ones you love? Are you willing to destroy your own heart? I would recommend this series to anyone who loves an action packed story with a supernatural aspect. Thank you Leigh Bardugo for creating this wonderfully amazing and rich world. Filled with characters who are not black and white. Characters who have great courage and flaws. Characters who, though terrified, fight to preserve life, love and hope.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Great end to an AWESOME series!! Must read

    This was a satisfying end to an AWESOME trilogy! It wrapped up all the loose ends nicely, even though I was completely rooting for a different ending to the love story within :-( Mrs. Bardugo has such a way with world building and character development that I was teary eyed saying goodbye to it all! Thankfully I later read that she would be expanding the world, though probably not following up on our favorite characters...ahem....one fair haired/undeniably charming/devilishly handsome/brilliant strategist of royal(ish) lineage. I truly loved this series and loved the spirituality/science/message behind it all. We are all of the same "stuff", even the pesky mountains that need a good cutting or the very particles of light that are found without and within everything. Great, easy, addictive read!

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    RUIN AND RISING was everything I could of hoped for and mor


    RUIN AND RISING was everything I could of hoped for and more! It had a phenomenal ending that left me utterly satisfied!! I was pleased with every angle this book took. Though I have to admit that I found myself a little shocked at the direction that this book did take. But in the end, I was left feeling complete and at peace with the series in a whole. But I will mourn the route that it didn't take, and the ones that didn't make it. But to say I'm happy with the way it ended would be an understatement, I'm ELATED!!!

    THE PLOT..

    Alina is left all but shattered after her last battle with The Darkling in the Little Palace. She has failed to defeat him once again, and lost countless of lives in the process. She was not strong enough to defeat The Darkling, and she's paying for it now.

    Hiding in the vast underground tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina finds herself at her worst. With all her power dried up and gone, Alina and her remaining group are at the mercy of the Apparat and his followers. The Zealots who worship Alina as a Saint, but are under command of the Apparat. With Alina and her group weakened and highly outnumbered, they group will have to work together and use every bit of wits and strength they have to find a way out of the tunnels and away from the power-hungry Apparat. Because Alina is getting stronger everyday, and she's not ready to give up just yet. She wants out of hiding and to search for the only thing that's standing in her way of defeating The Darking, the Firdbird!!!

    Alina and her group set out on their final journey to find the Firebird, and hopefully the charismatic, strategizing lost prince, that took a piece of her heart with him. But they will have to overcome many obstacles and attacks along the way if they have any chance of finding the Firebird and making it to The Darkling before it's too late. Because The Darkling is getting smarter, he's taking bigger risk, and he's done playing games with Alina. And he's coming at her full force, so this time, she better be ready!

    The time has come for the ultimate battle of good versus evil! Which side will be left standing to rule all of Ravka? Which way will the world sway? Will they be left cowering to an evil ruler? Or be relishing in the glory of a new world? Find out in this EPIC last installment of The Grisha Trilogy!!

    I am so happy with this series. I know some people aren't happy with the way it ended, but I personally loved it!! I wanted this ending to happen, but I prepared myself for the worst. If it's one thing that ALLEGINAT has taught me, it's to EXPECT ANYTHING!!! So I was ready for any outcome to happen!! But this is the one I was rooting for, well not exactly. But I am HIGHLY satisfied, with plenty of tears along the way!!

    Overall, THE GRISHA TRILOGY will go down as one of my favorite series ever!! And I am so sad to see it all end! I will miss every single one of these characters that I have grown to love. They have all found their way into my heart, and have a special place within where they will stay! Leigh Bardugo, I am ready for whatever you bring us next!

    BRING... IT... ON!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    There are no words

    to express my love for this. What a great end to the trilogy. Just stop reading this post and go read RUIN AND RISING.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Amazing

    This book grasped me and didn't let go. A great fantasy readers book with a love story tied in-between.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Great

    One of the best ending to a trilogy that I have ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Worth reading over and over

    Thank you Leigh Bardugo for writing this fabulous trilogy. This series was a beautiful adventure from start to end. Your characters are all so vibrant and a little piece of me has fallen for each of them: Alina, Mal, Darkling, Nikolai, Genya, David, etc. I'm a fan and look forward to reading this series again and again!

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