Ruin and Rising Book Review

Ruin and Rising is the final book in the Shadow and Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.


Soldier. Summoner. Saint.The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. 

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives. 

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power–but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.


This was another well written book and it was paced very well. The events that happened in the book were interesting and I connected a bit better with the characters at the ending.

Alina does gain confidence in herself in the end and I enjoyed that the allusion that Alina and Mal end up together in the year.

I’m interested in the Six of Crows Duology ancestors hope that I connect more to the characters in those books.

2.5/5 stars

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