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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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  • 10-07-21

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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Excellent end to an excellent series

I was a bit unsure if I would enjoy this after reading some of the reviews but I’m so glad I didn’t let them put me off and I have it a chance. The series has been great from the start and this instalment was no exception for me. It has had enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and I found the banter between the characters to be very entertaining. I think the narration was excellent for all the characters. The ending was tied up very well with no loose ends to wonder about. I’m glad things worked out for Alina and Mal, I do prefer a HEA. Will look for other stories by Leigh now I’ve read and enjoyed this.

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OK for a children's fantasy

It quite differs from the Netflix series, but not bad either. Quite all right for kids' fantasy read. It would do better with another narrator. Maybe it is just me, the narrator is good, but it makes all story too childish.

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Ok, streaming version better

Looking forward to the Netflix version. Usually, the books surpass the motion version(s), but the way the lead character is written it's hard to feel for or admire her the way you want to. It many ways she comes across as annoying and the female writer as written in a lot of stereotypes, which doesn’t fit the present world evolution.

I like the premise and the possibility of the characters and story more than final execution. It has a lot of potential that I look forward to seeing how the writers at Netflix advance the characters and plot.

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  • 12-03-16

Weak "heroine"

A series about a selfish girl who continuously chooses the life of a boy over the fate of the world.

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  • 03Dustin51
  • 21-06-19

Heartbreaking in the best possible way...

I had read the books years ago, and decided to listen to the audio books now, as well, as a way to become reinvested in this amazing story before delving into Leigh Bardugo's new book, "King of Scars." And I am so very glad I have.
One day I read a random blurb from a random book titled Shadow and Bone when I was perusing the aisles of a small bookstore, and I bought the book on a whim. I had never heard of the series, or even the author for that matter. Now, however, I consider Shadow and Bone to be the book that sparked this need inside of me to read all the time. After I read Shadow and Bone, I went on to read 60 books in just over two months. And I haven't slowed much since. That is thanks to Leigh Bardugo and this beautiful world she created.
I experienced elated devastation when I finished reading the series, but I got to experience it anew with the audiobooks. The narrator, Lauren Fortgang, is a favorite of mine anyway, but I truly don't think anyone else could have come close to her perfection in regards to this series. Her ability to project the kind of feeling and emotion necessary for a story like this is second to none. It wasn't just the story that had me in tears, but the depth of Lauren's ability to make me feel how the characters felt. Alina Starkov needed Lauren's voice to tell her story. And now that I am about to listen to Nikolai's story, I am-thanks to Lauren's amazing talent- firmly reconnected to this world of Grisha that began my obsession with all things magic. I couldn't be happier in this moment.

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  • Silenna5150
  • 17-10-15

Frustrating Disappointment

I could get through it. So that's something. The characters are NOT believable at all!

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  • 04-10-15

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This was so bad, I really didn't like it and story was handled so poorly.

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  • Maria M
  • 09-08-19

Bleh

I tried to enjoy the characters but couldn’t care less what happened to them in the end. The Darkling and Nikolai who brought a spark to the book were far and in between.

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  • Jennifer Sebring
  • 01-05-21

WHYYY do we have to make our LEAD FEMALES WEAK????

I am disgusted. Authors, women do not need to be weak to be a lead. I'm puking right now over this series. I had such high hopes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-19

Boo

This series got progressively worse as it went on; the lack of character development is absolutely appalling. No one mentions anything but Alieena is like, My LiFe iS sooOO hArd!

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  • Brianna
  • 30-05-18

The narrators voice..

The narrators voice was so distracting her lisp?? Or just the way her voice ends a word. I couldn't handle it. I cringe through.. skipping ahead just to know the conclusion. It wasn't as prominent in the earlier books. The story was good but I was more just distracted.

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  • 03-05-21

Botched Russian, stupid protagonist, beautiful world

The world built here is very interesting, with beautiful magical animals, different landscapes, nations, races, and powers. I love the idea of making it influenced by Russian/Slavic roots. However, as a fluent Russian speaker it was torture to listen to the botched words and wrong meanings. I feel like if Bardigo wanted to include another language in her books she should have either learned it or asked a fluent speaker to edit her drafts. Same with the reader, sometimes the words are written correctly but the reader botches them and while it may sound cool to someone who doesn’t speak Russian it was pretty bothersome to me. One example is “Morozova”. In Russian you change the ending if the person is a male or female, this -a is a female ending but he is a man so his last name should really be “Morozov” and the reader pronounces it as “MorotsOva” with a “ts” when the correct pronunciation is “MarOzav” or at least “MorOzov” with a “z” (capital letter to indicate the stressed vowel). Most of the words were botched like that or the meaning was completely different when translated. Thirdly, the main character is unbelievably stupid and foolish. This improves in the last book but it really makes women look bad and I guess the fact that’s she’s supposed to be a teenager explains it a little, it is still very difficult to endure. This wrongly teaches young readers that if you act like an idiot things will still somehow work out in your favor and that’s not how the world works. Lastly, the evil acts in this book are pretty dark and haunting and really something evil psychopaths/sociopaths might do, so read at your own risk, I literally had nightmares about a past abuser after the gruesome antagonist plots due to how much the Darkling’s thinking was similar.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-17

This story is not super special, but it's ok.

I feel like Sarah Maas writes very similarly, but I prefer her stories over these.

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