I’m not even going to lie I was avoiding this book. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to read it because I did. I was counting down the minutes for the release of Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. It downloaded onto my iPad at 12:01am June 16th and a friend of mine went to the book launch party and got me the Launch Party Edition. With the multiple copies in multiple formats I still resisted. Why? Mal might have ripped out my heart in Siege and Storm and call me petty but I wasn’t looking forward to more heartbreak. But I digress.
Ruin and Rising picks up a few months after the capital has fallen. A still weaken Alina is under the untrustworthy protection of the Apparent deep inside a network on caverns. Under constant watch, er, ‘protection’, Alina hasn’t seen Mal in weeks or any of her other friends. The Apparent’s attempt to seclude her only drives her need to find the third Morozova’s amplifier. She is convinced that the third amplifier will give her enough power to defeat the Darkling and destroy the Fold. But at what cost? Is defeating the Darkling Alina’s only reason for her hunt for the amplifier? If she becomes more powerful than the Darkling, will that power destroy the orphan girl she once was? Can Alina make the unlimited sacrifice? No spoilers here, you will have to read the book to find out the answer to these questions and more.
Honestly, I am seldom completely happy with series ending. There is always that linger feeling that this or that should have been addressed. There tends to be disappointment. This is not the case with Ruin and Rising. I LOVE how Bardugo ended this trilogy!!! I LOVE this book and this series. I’m not sure what I expected with the ending, but I know I did not think it would be perfection but it was. Ruin and Rising was not only a satisfying conclusion, it was perfect conclusion, even if there were tears. I echo’s a friend’s sentiment; I think other authors should look at Bardugo for how to write a challenging and yet satisfying conclusion.