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Gr 8 Up—The Darkling has finally risen, and only Alina Starkov has the power to free Ravka from his evil influence. But with her powers depleted, her best friend injured and broken, and boyfriend Mal at odds with her decisions, Alina knows her odds of finding the elusive firebird are stacked against her. As Alina seeks out the firebird amplifier that will give her the power she needs to defeat The Darkling, she learns that her ties to him may be too great for her to resist. Readers are advised to read—or even reread—the first two books before delving into this conclusion to the trilogy, as there is little backstory to remind readers what transpired in the first two books. Once again, Bardugo is a master at building an action-packed fantasy with extraordinary world-building and complex characters. Though they try to do the right thing, the characters are perfectly imperfect; they question themselves, take risks, and make plenty of mistakes. While The Darkling is a little too similar to Harry Potter's Voldemort, he is still a delicious combination of evil, cunning, and manipulation. Fans of the first two books will not be disappointed, especially with the reappearance of charismatic Nikolai/Sturmhond. Already optioned for a movie, this trilogy is a must for libraries serving teens.—Leigh Collazo, Ed Willkie Middle School, Fort Worth, TX

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In the concluding volume of the Grisha Trilogy, Alina, chafing at the Apparat’s enforced protection in the underground White Cathedral, decides it is past time to break free and seek the Fire Bird, the last of the three amplifiers of her power. Battling across a land ravaged by the war with the Darkling, Alina’s band is rescued by Prince Nikolai and taken to his hidden headquarters, where the group of allies plans for the dangerous journey into the Fold. There, Alina must reconcile her country’s need for her to be Nikolai’s queen with giving up her lifelong love for her childhood friend Mal. A psychic connection with the Darkling heightens the tension as they struggle for control of Ravka. An intriguing plot twist adds an unexpected new element, requiring an unthinkable sacrifice. Readers won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough to the conclusion that will generate much discussion. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Since the first title in the trilogy, Shadow and Bone (2012), hit the New York Times best-seller list—and film rights were sold—this series has been big news. Top-level marketing plans will ensure it stays that way. Grades 8-12. --Lynn Rutan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Grisha Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080509461X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805094619
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alicia on July 10, 2014
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RUIN AND RISING was everything I could of hoped for and more! It had a phenomenal ending that left me utterly satisfied!! I was pleased with every angle this book took. Though I have to admit that I found myself a little shocked at the direction that this book did take. But in the end, I was left feeling complete and at peace with the series in a whole. But I will mourn the route that it didn't take, and the ones that didn't make it. But to say I'm happy with the way it ended would be an understatement, I'm ELATED!!!


Alina is left all but shattered after her last battle with The Darkling in the Little Palace. She has failed to defeat him once again, and lost countless of lives in the process. She was not strong enough to defeat The Darkling, and she's paying for it now.

Hiding in the vast underground tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina finds herself at her worst. With all her power dried up and gone, Alina and her remaining group are at the mercy of the Apparat and his followers. The Zealots who worship Alina as a Saint, but are under command of the Apparat. With Alina and her group weakened and highly outnumbered, they group will have to work together and use every bit of wits and strength they have to find a way out of the tunnels and away from the power-hungry Apparat. Because Alina is getting stronger everyday, and she's not ready to give up just yet. She wants out of hiding and to search for the only thing that's standing in her way of defeating The Darking, the Firdbird!!!

Alina and her group set out on their final journey to find the Firebird, and hopefully the charismatic, strategizing lost prince, that took a piece of her heart with him.
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By lamerck8 on June 17, 2014
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***FYI*** there are some serious spoilers in the comments of this review, so please don't read them if you haven't finished R&R. There aren't (as best as I can tell) spoilers in this review, although there are references to some of the book's contents.

I finished this book with an intense amount of ambivalence for its conclusion. I found the ending extraordinarily painful BUT I also felt it inevitable; the way Ruin and Rising was written gave few, if any, alternatives. Without trying to spoil, the status of Alina's relationships were clarified while others were found irredeemable. With the options Bardugo gives us, it seemed clear that certain things (as one reviewer put it) needed to be sacrificed.

We can certainly debate the this necessity of this sacrifice as well as our satisfaction (or lack thereof) with the Last Relationship Standing, but the reason I've given Ruin and Rising three stars isn't because I'm angry over the ending; I'm disappointed with its execution. My plan is to reread, but in order of my initial pet peeves:

1 - I felt as if Bardugo was impatiently going through a check list: reunite people, reveal Darkling's history, resolve amplifier issue, final stand off, conclusion. There are really beautiful and emotional passages within Ruin and Rising, but they almost seem to come only when story is given room to breath.

2 - The resolution of the final amplifier, just as Mal's saving in the Fold in the first book, is as deus ex machina as you come. The so-called "signs" that this was foreshadowed in the previous book are, in my opinion, next to none and certainly not enough to foreshadow THIS.
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I have no idea where to begin with this review. I learned a few things early on about R&R, stuff I wasn't exactly liking, but I've been anticipating it for two years now and I was going to read it anyway. I had absolute faith in the last installment of the Grisha trilogy. Shadow & Bone was probably my favorite read of 2012. I would love to say R&R was great. Five stars, a stunning conclusion and all that. Sadly, I cannot say it honestly. This book has left me feeling confused, annoyed and empty.

WARNING: Spoilers will be present here. I advise you to shoo if you haven't read it yet. Let's start with the good things: as always, the writing rocked. The Grisha world is as vivid and beautiful as ever. Above all else, this is what sets these books apart: how wonderfully they're told. I wasn't really expecting Mal to be the third amplifier. I figured if the first two were supposedly mythical, mighty beasts, why wouldn't the third one be as well? (And maybe I got excited for a second because that meant he would have to die.)

The side characters are also wonderful. There are so many series out there with great heroes, but the secondary people fade into the background. Not here. Zoya was developed marvelously, and she had me laughing most of the time. So did Harshaw and his cat; though he was around a very short period of time, I found myself very sad when he died. Genya and David finally got together! That was one of the best scenes; that and her confrontation with the King. Baghra was great. Her hard life has really shaped her; she's so bitter and rough around the edges, but in the end I think she helped Alina out quite a bit. She really did love her son, and she felt horrible about making him into the Darkling by the way she raised him.
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