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 was simply epic. I don’t even know where to start – Alina and the trials she goes through, her squad of friends whom I grew to love so much, the whole climax-like atmosphere to the book, the shocking revelation in the second half – it was all so much and so awesome. I enjoyed reading it, but as far as the book is concerned with respect to the series, I feel it didn’t do much compared to Siege and Storm. That was amazing writing, some really well-written characters, while this was mostly a war you had been waiting for to finally get it over with. Also, it didn’t help that the Darkling seemed more, passive, during this book? It is a great conclusion to the series, nevertheless, and a fitting closure for the characters I adored reading.