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Ruin and Rising

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Series: Grisha, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (260 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Nice.. But

Storey nice but could have covered contents in 2 books . toio much padding for me

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Worth it.

loved it. an amazing story told with an amazing voice bringing alive the characters from the page, making you cry and laugh.

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Loved it!!!

Thoroughly enjoyed it, so so so amazingly well thought out. The universe she has made in these books is a testament to how important world building is when creating such a fantastic story. All the little details and lore, gave the book life, in top of which complex charecters who weren't just one dimensional and showed change in more ways than one. and the over acrhing plot, I thought I had the book figured out as the author has deliberately lead me into repetitive narrative traps. Just turns out she played me like a fiddle and turned the whole thing on my head! was such a great read.

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Fantastic conclusion....

To a great trilogy.

The story twists & turns sometimes at such pace you have to concentrate to keep up! Desperate, exultant & beautiful - edge of your seat listening.

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Blue skies coming your way

A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. It was a fun ride.

Narration was good and understandable at x2 playback speed.

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  • Adaja
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dre
  • 04-10-15

💩💩💩

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

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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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  • Illyrianya
  • 31-07-17

Better, worse

Better than the first book in the trilogy, not nearly as good as her second series.

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  • Carolyn Severance
  • 31-08-19

a top ten fantasy series

Wonderful finish to an amazing trilogy. Sure to become a future classic fantasy series. Use of Russian elements genius.

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  • Dawna Rhods
  • 17-08-19

I enjoyed this series, kept me gyessing

Unexpected twists and turns, surprises, kept me guessing and off balance. I might listen again, later.

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  • Maria T Martinez
  • 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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  • Leah Picanco
  • 08-08-19

In My Top Ten Favorite Series!!!

I've long had an affinity for both magic and Russia, even taking Russian courses in college, so this series was destined to become one of my favorites. Bardugo's writing style is absolutely beautiful and riveting. I loved everything about this series, and the conclusion didn't disappoint!