Ruin and Rising, is the third and final book of the Shadow and Bone series, by Leigh Bardugo. It is a Young Adult fantasy book, which is not typically my genre of choice–beyond Harry Potter, of course– but I loved this series.
Ruin and Rising follows familiar characters Alina Starkov–the sun summoner, Mal–tracker extraordinaire, the Darkling–handsome villian, and Nikolai–bastard prince; as well as introduces us to some new faces.
After the other two in the series, I was excited to see how Bardugo finished out the story, bringing home the tension between the Darkling and Alina–who would survive and conquer, darkness or light? There was also the question of who Alina would choose, Nikolai and the crown, or her best friend since childhood, Mal.
All of it was wrapped up nicely, leaving me satisfied.
Was it my favorite series, or my favorite book? No. But was it a nice escape into another world? Yes.
I think ultimately I gave this book FIVE STARS because it was well written, held my attention, was a fast read, and the perfect ending to an enjoyable series.
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