• Page Count: 422
  • Release Date: June 17, 2014
  • My Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads book description:

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) 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.

My Thoughts:


I still can’t find the words to review this masterpiece. The worldbuilding was so much fun. The characters were hilarious & real. The plot twists were incredible. I loved every single thing about it… SO I now present to you the feels broken down in annoying gifs:

How I feel about Nikolai:

How I feel about The Darkling:

How I feel about Mal:

The beginning of this book in the caves:

The third amplifier twist:


Actually, I’m fine with the end. Alina could’ve wound up with any guy (or alone) and I would’ve gone with it. I just WANTED TO SEE A CERTAIN PRINCE HAPPY. But I’m still not over a certain beloved character’s death…

There you go. Pretty sure that’s the most gifs I’ve ever used in my life. Sorry for the hour that emo mess probably took to load.


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