The capital, Ravka, has fallen, Alina is weakened and the Darkling rules. To defeat him, Alina has to claim the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins hunting for it, she realizes that claiming it could cost everything dear to her.
Ruin and Rising is a reasonably satisfying conclusion to The Grisha trilogy. In my opinion, the ending was somewhat anticlimactic; I was left a little disappointed. It was a good and logical ending, though!
As to the way the story developed in the third book – it was excellent! I will not get tired of saying that Leigh Bardugo is most likely one of the best storytellers I have ever read.
I felt as torn and divided and confused and bleak as Alina did throughout the whole book – she is a fantastic narrator!
I loved the way the dynamics between the Darkling and Alina changed in this book. If the Darkling was the one haunting Alina in the previous book, then in Ruin and Rising she was the one haunting him. Gradually, she appeared to feel like his equal; still terrorized and terrified, but equal nonetheless.
The relationship between Alina and Mal also became more profound and complicated. I did not like the idea of them together in the first two books, because each of their characters felt two-dimensional. They talked, they did things, but they did not feel like real people, especially Mal. Throughout the second book their characters developed greatly and in the third one they were completely three-dimensional, complex and credible. I genuinely felt for them, for situations they were in and for decisions they had to make.
Plus, that plot twist that came out of nowhere? Good job, Leigh Bardugo.