8 Rated BooksRUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo


In anticipation of the Netflix show, Thea is re-immersing in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse and re-reading the Shadow and Bone and the Six Crows books! Today she tackles the third and final novel in the original trilogy: Destruction and resurrection.

title: Destruction and resurrection
author: Lei Bardugo
genre: Fantasy, young people
Publisher: Square fish
Date published: June 17, 2014
paperback: 417 pages

The duckling controls Rebecca from his shadow chair.

Now the fate of the nation rests with a broken sun summons, a shameful tracker, and the shattered remnants of a great magical army that once was.

Deep within an ancient network of tunnels and caves, the weakened Alina must succumb to the dubious protection of the apartheid and the zealots who worship it as sacred. However, her plans are elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive fire bird and the hope that an out-of-law prince will still survive.

Alina will have to make new alliances and put aside old rivals as she and Mel run to find Morozova’s last amps. But as she begins to decipher the secrets of darkness, she reveals a past that will forever change her understanding of the connection they share and the power she wields. The Firebird is the only thing that stands between Rebecca and the destruction – and the claim that she may rise to Alina just in the future she fights for.

Standalone or series: Book 3 in the Shadow and Bone trilogy, and some of the overall Grishabers

How I got this book: acquired

format: Softcover

Warning: This review contains unavoidable spoilers for Shadow and bone and Destruction and resurrection. If you have not yet read the first two books in the trilogy and you want to stay pampered, look aside!


Huffling won.

At least, that’s how it looked at the beginning of Destruction and resurrection, The third book in Leigh Bardugo’s original shadow and bone trilogy. Thanks to Prince Vasily’s appallingly unprofessional actions, Huffling and his loyal expulsion managed to slip across borders and march directly to Laos Alta, destroying the crown loyalists and killing almost the entire expulsion Elina worked so hard to train and organize under her leadership. Still, Alina was able to fight the gloom and win the victory (admittedly Pyrus), by using his tricks against him, and channeling his darkness and power to do what she wants.

Alina and the other survivors of Grisha find refuge from an unlikely source – his mechanism and lack of jealousy Santaka Alina Followers are able to provide enough coverage to bring the survivors underground. Now, as Huffling regains its power and gains power above the ground, the weak and weak sun summons itself into a different kind of trap. Unable to read sunlight or use her abilities, when she is separated from her friends – all in the name of her protection, of course, the device claims with its shrewd piety – Alina has become a ghost.

But she is not defeated.

Slowly, Alina gathers strength. And all the while, the device’s network of tunnels and underground secrets fuels her ambition – using the lost notebooks of the crazy Morozova, Alina is dedicated to finding her third and final amp. If she can get to the Firebird, if she can convince Mal to help her one last time, she’s sure she can kill the darkness and destroy the fold. But a growing part of her also knows that her hunger for power is no longer purely patriotic or born of a sense of duty – her desire to understand Morozova’s past and unlock her power becomes an obsession. And Alina must ask herself: what is she willing to sacrifice, and for what really?

Destruction and resurrection Is not an easy book. It’s not easy to get started, knowing that Alina’s expulsion was completely destroyed, their plans destroyed. It’s also hard to see Alina broken and falling apart again, unable to call to the sun and pretending to humble to appease the device. Since she did not have the good logic to be a martyred saint, the Apparatus unequivocally focuses on controlling her every move (hoping she will never return to her powers). In many ways, this is another defining moment in the series – the way miracles of power are presented to a desperate population that knows only war and conflict; The manner in which Alina’s holiness is activated as another weapon by powerful people with vested interests in the throne; The way Alina herself is meaningless, compared to the symbolic figure she might place. Rebecca has a disease, rooted in the greed and power of the fold-trade and the firing of the power of the sun marker and his body is a natural, even predictable leap.

It is because of this inconvenience, the lack of easy answers that it does Destruction and resurrection So memorable. Unlike Shadow and bone and Siege and stormLay Bardugo is not afraid go there In this third and ultimate volume in Alina’s story. Although she begins the story as a half-falling apart, it is not surprising that Alina is so focused on finding the firebird and opening the last amp to harness her power. In a world where even the most powerful Grisha is satisfied, manipulated, imprisoned and frightened, of course she longs for her own power and the hell of the consequences. I also really like that the consequences are everything but Meaningless – When Alina finally learns what she needs to do to unlock her third and final amplifier, it’s a powerful calculation. There are a lot of things I do not like about Alina as a character (her tendency to self-pity and complaints, especially at the beginning of the series), but at the end of book 2 and throughout this book, I adore her determination. Her bow is sharp and painful, and I appreciate how she grew up during the trilogy.

But let’s get to the real star of this book: Prince Nicholas, who we’re afraid will never see again after the events Siege and storm. Nikolai’s self-confidence brand, strategic decision-making and absolute audacity make him one of my favorite characters in all Grishavers – return Destruction and resurrection And what he suffers from in this book has profound implications for Rebecca’s future (and for all readers who are Nikolai’s team). The other characters we got to know during the trilogy also play important roles in this latest book, from Genia and David (their relationship is one of the few that are non-toxic in the entire trilogy), to Tamar and Nadia. (I love them so much), and especially Zoya (whose relationship with Alina has softened to the point where, by the end of the book, Zoya and Alina count each other as true friends).

And of course, there is the end. On this item, I will simply say it: Destruction and rinsing It is a perfect and epic ending that changes everything, and bitter, sweet and appropriate close to the stories of Alina and Mel. (And, yes, even the duckling.)

I loved it. Definitely recommended.

Rating: 8 – Excellent

The re-reading continues later with Six crows (The first book in the deology of the six crows)


Thea James is half the crazy duo behind the book smugglers. She is Filipino-American, but grew up in Hawaii, Indonesia and Japan. A full-time book geek who works in publishing for her daily work, Thea currently lives in Astoria, Queens with her partner and the crazed cat. Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons (Available August 31, 2021) is her first cookbook.



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