Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo | Review

“Beauty was your armor. Fragile stuff, all show. But what’s inside you? That’s steel. It’s brave and unbreakable. And it doesn’t need fixing.”





Ruin and Rising is the third and final instalment in the Shadow and Bone series. As it is a series finale I won’t be creating a synopsis for this review as I want to avoid spoilers as much as possible for those that have not started the series yet.


I feel like the only person that felt underwhelmed by this book. I’m so disappointed as I really wanted to love it like everybody else but I didn’t. Ruin and Rising was definitely faster paced that Siege and Storm was which was an advantage for me. I did want to pick it up and I didn’t find that I was bored which was an improvement for me. I read it in less than 24 hours which suggests that I did enjoy it. This was a 4 star read for me until I got to the ending. I just did not feel that the ending did the series any justice as a finale. I mean, don’t ask me what I actually wanted to ending to be because I don’t know but I found that it was really predictable and mundane.

It sounds really sinister but for a fantasy series I wanted more death. I wanted to feel sad and mourn for the loss of characters I had grown attached to but that just did not happen. I feel like occasionally in the book I would feel that sense of loss coming and then Bardugo couldn’t find the courage to kill the character and then I was left disappointed. I mean, I’m essentially moaning because there wasn’t enough death in the book which sounds weird. Maybe I’m weird? I just wanted to be shocked and emotionally hurt by the premise of the book and I just wasn’t.

It also still very much felt like Harry Potter as I mentioned in my Siege and Storm review. The plot just shouted Horcruxes and Voldemort to me. It just didn’t feel original to me.

Positively, I enjoyed the pace of the book it did keep me on my toes. It kept me wanting to read more. I enjoyed the chemistry with the characters also and found myself laughing at the banter that I had. I feel in love with Nickolai even more and also the Darkling. I’m sorry guys I can’t actually hate him. However, I must say my favourite character in this book happened to be Baghra. I thought she was absolutely fantastic, she made me laugh so much and she made the ultimate sacrifice which I did not expect her to do. She’s your typical miserable old lady that you just cannot help but love. She kept me thoroughly entertained throughout the whole of this book and I definitely would have liked to have seen more of her.

I know this was quite a negative review, but I honestly did enjoy the book I just felt let down by the ending. I would recommend that you read this though because it is a great introduction to the Grisha Verse and it has made me want to continue with the Six of Crows duology.

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