Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha trilogy book 3)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the first two books in the Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm, Stop! I don't want to ruin one of my favorite series for you. 

Over two months have passed since Alina Starkov’s failed attempt to stop the Darkling at Os Alta. She, Mal and some of their friends/supporters have taken refuge in the cavernous White Cathedral with the Apparat. Alina has yet to fully recover being kept underground. The Sun Summoner cannot call forth even a tiny sunbeam. She uses trickery with the help of two Inferni and a broken mirror to appease the followers of Sankta Alina that the Appparat has gathered. With only two of the three amplifiers of Morozova in her possession, the Apparat hasn’t lent his full support to Alina’s quest to find the bones of the firebird. She is keeping the one clue from a childhood memory under wraps because it is the only leverage she has against the Apparat, who is determined to keep her under his thumb.

The Grisha are feared by the Sun followers but none more than Genya, bearing the scars given her by the Darkling. Alina is monitored everywhere she goes and hasn’t been allowed to speak to Mal since their arrival. When Mal and the others execute a daring plan to escape the White Cathedral, the Apparat places doubt in Alina’s head about who she can really trust. Gaining the upper hand on the Apparat, Alina hopes that the Sun followers stay safely hidden from the Darkling while she begins her search for not only the firebird but Nikolai Lantsov.

Who can Alina trust? Will Mal and the others stick by her? Can they locate Nikolai/Sturmhond? How can he help Alina? Does the firebird exist or is it merely a legend? Are its bones the third of Morozova’s amplifiers that Alina needs to defeat the Darkling? Who will Alina choose to spend the rest of her life with? Can the Fold finally be vanquished? If she becomes queen of Ravka, does she take the throne by herself or will she share it with someone?


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