Ruin and Rising

Book three in The Grishaverse series by Leigh Bardugo

Description: Soldier. Summoner. Saint. In the final battle, who will rise? 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.

Okay, well.. okay. What happened?? I was actually enjoying the series after the second book!! The books in this series seem to have problems with staying consistent. Half of the book is boring waiting and then the other half is too much chaos and craziness. There is no happy medium. I also noticed that there’s no real direction that the story is going in. don’t get me wrong, I get that not everything can be planned and go off without a hitch. But the characters never seemed to have a plan and whenever they did kinda sorta have one, it took them WEEKS to get around to it and by then something would obviously go wrong. The characters are also super Wishy-washy throughout the whole book, they’re badass fighters then they’re all lost and scared and clueless then they’re all confident and cocky. Which made me super confused, because their personalities all seemed so interchangeable. At some points through this book while so many people were dying and running around like chickens with their heads cut off, I had just hoped and dreamed that the darkling would show up and kill them all and be done with it. because honestly, everyone else was annoying me (except Nikolai..and let me just say, I was not happy about the whole Nikolai thing what happened to him and then how it all ended for him was just super anticlimactic) and the entire ending in general was such a letdown, it felt like there was gonna be a big huge intense ending! But it was just the same type of fighting that’s been happening throughout the books and then all of a sudden poof, it’s done. It was disappointing.

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