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Ruin and Rising

By: Leigh Bardugo
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
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Summary

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.

©2014 Leigh Bardugo (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Irritating voice

Daughter thought narrator too annoying to finish listening. She prefers it when I read to her.

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Could have been so much more

Much like many other books in this genre, this series was full of padding (read: unnecessary side stories) and not enough complexity. Oh, how I’d hoped that there’d be a twist in the tale around the darkling but he was simply allowed to go on as a straight forward villain, nothing unexpected in any way. And Alina and Mal....sigh. How boring and predictable.

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Things will never be the same!

After the last book, I was so eager to carry on with the story but I also didn't want it to end so I wanted to drag this last book out for as long as possible.

Alina is in hiding again but things are different. She's not alone and there's something wrong with her powers. Again she is both frustrating and badass in this book. She is not a natural leader. All she's wanted her whole life is to be loved but now the fate of Ravka lies in her hands and she's not sure she's the one for the job

Mal is so much less annoying in this book. It's like he's finally realised that there's a lot more on the line than just his feelings. He realises there are people that need saving and just gets on with doing his bit.

While this may be the last book in the trilogy don't think that Leigh will go easy on you. Oh no, this book will swallow you whole, rip you up and spit you back out. You will never be the same again when you read this book. Leigh broke my heart when she did what she does to Nikolai. Literally ripped it into teeny tiny pieces so that it will never, ever be whole again.

This series not only got into my heart but also under my skin. It's one of those series that once you start you realise why everyone is always talking about it. While I was immensely sad to be at the end I was very excited to start the Six of Crows duology and I am counting down the days until King of Scars is released and I can be back in this world.

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A marginal improvement on book 2

Unfortunately as a trilogy this series doesn't work - Books 2 and 3 both needn't really exist and have very little to say.

I finished this yesterday and couldn't tell you much of what happened

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hoped for a better story

It is not the best book that I have listened to. it's a shame.

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A good way to end the series

Loved the first book. Tolerated the second. Found the third a good way to end. Probably wouldn’t read the series again but overall I enjoyed it

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Interesting End

The book was pretty good. The secondary characters and world building are definitely the best part of this series. As a finale it was pretty entertaining. Lauren Fortgang does an amazing job! Loved her narration!

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Story and performance

I love this series!
I have always Been a fan of fantasy and this series is no different, the characters are interesting, the plot is brilliantly developed and the world building is immaculate. Also, the narrator was able to show the different personalities of the different characters without making them seem out of place with different accents. Amazing, amazing, amazing!

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Really compelling book, read very poorly.

I really enjoyed the book but I was constantly taken out of immersion, by some of the truly dreadful attempts at various accents.

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Great adaptation

well read and very enjoyable. For others who will miss the discontinued Netflix series, it may not be quite the same but this will help get closure.

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