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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. Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

©2014 Leigh Bardugo (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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underwhelming experience

It went a little underwhelming for me. The plot is weak. Without giving any spoilers i absolutely loved to read about the darkling. He is a fantastic character, well developed. I did not bother about Mal at all. And Nickolai was also okay. Darkling steal the show. The narrator did a tremendous job. It could be better but still highly enjoyable and fast paced.

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This story was amazing and action packed

This story is amazing! Leigh Bardugo has done an excellent job with this last book!

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amazingly ended. an unprecedented blend of humour and darkness. loved how all loose ends we're tied

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  • 03Dustin51
  • 21-06-19

Heartbreaking in the best possible way...

I had read the books years ago, and decided to listen to the audio books now, as well, as a way to become reinvested in this amazing story before delving into Leigh Bardugo's new book, "King of Scars." And I am so very glad I have.
One day I read a random blurb from a random book titled Shadow and Bone when I was perusing the aisles of a small bookstore, and I bought the book on a whim. I had never heard of the series, or even the author for that matter. Now, however, I consider Shadow and Bone to be the book that sparked this need inside of me to read all the time. After I read Shadow and Bone, I went on to read 60 books in just over two months. And I haven't slowed much since. That is thanks to Leigh Bardugo and this beautiful world she created.
I experienced elated devastation when I finished reading the series, but I got to experience it anew with the audiobooks. The narrator, Lauren Fortgang, is a favorite of mine anyway, but I truly don't think anyone else could have come close to her perfection in regards to this series. Her ability to project the kind of feeling and emotion necessary for a story like this is second to none. It wasn't just the story that had me in tears, but the depth of Lauren's ability to make me feel how the characters felt. Alina Starkov needed Lauren's voice to tell her story. And now that I am about to listen to Nikolai's story, I am-thanks to Lauren's amazing talent- firmly reconnected to this world of Grisha that began my obsession with all things magic. I couldn't be happier in this moment.

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  • Maria M
  • 09-08-19

Bleh

I tried to enjoy the characters but couldn’t care less what happened to them in the end. The Darkling and Nikolai who brought a spark to the book were far and in between.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-19

Boo

This series got progressively worse as it went on; the lack of character development is absolutely appalling. No one mentions anything but Alieena is like, My LiFe iS sooOO hArd!

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  • Michael Sebring
  • 01-05-21

WHYYY do we have to make our LEAD FEMALES WEAK????

I am disgusted. Authors, women do not need to be weak to be a lead. I'm puking right now over this series. I had such high hopes.

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  • D&N
  • 03-05-21

Botched Russian, stupid protagonist, beautiful world

The world built here is very interesting, with beautiful magical animals, different landscapes, nations, races, and powers. I love the idea of making it influenced by Russian/Slavic roots. However, as a fluent Russian speaker it was torture to listen to the botched words and wrong meanings. I feel like if Bardigo wanted to include another language in her books she should have either learned it or asked a fluent speaker to edit her drafts. Same with the reader, sometimes the words are written correctly but the reader botches them and while it may sound cool to someone who doesn’t speak Russian it was pretty bothersome to me. One example is “Morozova”. In Russian you change the ending if the person is a male or female, this -a is a female ending but he is a man so his last name should really be “Morozov” and the reader pronounces it as “MorotsOva” with a “ts” when the correct pronunciation is “MarOzav” or at least “MorOzov” with a “z” (capital letter to indicate the stressed vowel). Most of the words were botched like that or the meaning was completely different when translated. Thirdly, the main character is unbelievably stupid and foolish. This improves in the last book but it really makes women look bad and I guess the fact that’s she’s supposed to be a teenager explains it a little, it is still very difficult to endure. This wrongly teaches young readers that if you act like an idiot things will still somehow work out in your favor and that’s not how the world works. Lastly, the evil acts in this book are pretty dark and haunting and really something evil psychopaths/sociopaths might do, so read at your own risk, I literally had nightmares about a past abuser after the gruesome antagonist plots due to how much the Darkling’s thinking was similar.

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  • Adaja
  • 12-03-16

Weak "heroine"

A series about a selfish girl who continuously chooses the life of a boy over the fate of the world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-21

Disappointing book 3

it was a struggle to finish this audio. I watched Shadow and Bones on Netflix and decided to read this trilogy. I finished book 2, it was good. Book 3 was just a disappointment.

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  • Jennifer Greenlees
  • 23-03-21

This series is fantastic!

I really love this book and this series. It's fabulous! I was disappointed that Alina killed Mal, but was very relieved when Tamar and Tolya brought him back to life! I was also glad that Alina killed the Darkling. Although I had been sorta hoping he'd come around to Alina's side. Alina also got Genya to make another girl look like her, one who was already dead, and so she died, too!

The end result of all the battles and deaths was that Alina's sun summoning powers are gone as is Mal's super tracking ability. So they're both otkazatsi or however you spell it. And they married in the After portion, I think! ❤

Lauren Fortgang did a really excellent job performing this series. I can imagine rereading and relistening to these three books many times in future.

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  • Silenna5150
  • 17-10-15

Frustrating Disappointment

I could get through it. So that's something. The characters are NOT believable at all!

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  • Brianna
  • 30-05-18

The narrators voice..

The narrators voice was so distracting her lisp?? Or just the way her voice ends a word. I couldn't handle it. I cringe through.. skipping ahead just to know the conclusion. It wasn't as prominent in the earlier books. The story was good but I was more just distracted.

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  • N. D. Taylor
  • 27-06-19

Could have been so much more

Much like many other books in this genre, this series was full of padding (read: unnecessary side stories) and not enough complexity. Oh, how I’d hoped that there’d be a twist in the tale around the darkling but he was simply allowed to go on as a straight forward villain, nothing unexpected in any way. And Alina and Mal....sigh. How boring and predictable.

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  • SLLee
  • 29-10-19

Irritating voice

Daughter thought narrator too annoying to finish listening. She prefers it when I read to her.

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  • Emma (Star Crossed Reviews)
  • 28-12-18

Things will never be the same!

After the last book, I was so eager to carry on with the story but I also didn't want it to end so I wanted to drag this last book out for as long as possible.

Alina is in hiding again but things are different. She's not alone and there's something wrong with her powers. Again she is both frustrating and badass in this book. She is not a natural leader. All she's wanted her whole life is to be loved but now the fate of Ravka lies in her hands and she's not sure she's the one for the job

Mal is so much less annoying in this book. It's like he's finally realised that there's a lot more on the line than just his feelings. He realises there are people that need saving and just gets on with doing his bit.

While this may be the last book in the trilogy don't think that Leigh will go easy on you. Oh no, this book will swallow you whole, rip you up and spit you back out. You will never be the same again when you read this book. Leigh broke my heart when she did what she does to Nikolai. Literally ripped it into teeny tiny pieces so that it will never, ever be whole again.

This series not only got into my heart but also under my skin. It's one of those series that once you start you realise why everyone is always talking about it. While I was immensely sad to be at the end I was very excited to start the Six of Crows duology and I am counting down the days until King of Scars is released and I can be back in this world.

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  • Hannah
  • 31-03-21

A marginal improvement on book 2

Unfortunately as a trilogy this series doesn't work - Books 2 and 3 both needn't really exist and have very little to say.

I finished this yesterday and couldn't tell you much of what happened

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  • sam
  • 23-02-19

Interesting End

The book was pretty good. The secondary characters and world building are definitely the best part of this series. As a finale it was pretty entertaining. Lauren Fortgang does an amazing job! Loved her narration!

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  • Jessika H.
  • 21-07-21

what an ending

this was a good conclusion to the story. But i was a bit dissapointed at some of the storylines endings. I wanted more about the other characters but i still enjoyed it very much!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-21

hoped for a better story

It is not the best book that I have listened to. it's a shame.

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  • b
  • 10-07-21

A good way to end the series

Loved the first book. Tolerated the second. Found the third a good way to end. Probably wouldn’t read the series again but overall I enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-21

Top notch story

Just a brilliant read that had me invested in all the characters. Very well written and emotional. I can't wait to read the rest.

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  • Polli.P
  • 15-06-21

You really have to listen to this trilogy!

Stunning! Amazing! Breathtakingly beautiful! All words fail me so please just listen to this trilogy! It's that good!

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  • Kaari Watkins
  • 10-05-21

Someone buy the author a thesaurus!

If I had made a drinking game that had me take a drink every time the narrator read the word "horror" I'd be dead now.

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  • Rebecca
  • 25-08-20

I am ruination

fantastic audio book quality and performance.

Push through book two so that you can read this book!! It's thrilling, and fun and the characters are likeable, it's everything that book two wasn't. The ending is a bit disappointing but it's mostly satisfying. Four stars because I had a lot of fun reading this book and shed a tear at the end. I thought that I would remember this series bitterly after book two, but I will remember it fondly.... now onto more grishaverse adventures!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-21

A beautiful world

I loved this trilogy; the rich world, realistic characters, and believable choices taken.

I cried at the end, for its ending and because it was ending.

Lauren Fortgang does beautiful performance for this series.

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  • mel
  • 25-06-21

Power listened to this one

I listened to this book the quickest. I was eager to hear the conclusion. No spoilers but I felt like I wanted a slightly different ending.
This book was still just as thrilling and great as the other 2 in the series. Lauren makes it an easy listen with her narrating and again the storyline was captivating enough to have me sitting in my car in the driveway unable to stop! I'm sad it's over.

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  • Julie A. Darcy
  • 11-06-21

Fabulous

Fabulous, amazing writing. Great performance by the narrator. l loved all the characters they were well rounded.

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  • Jocelyn if_you_want_romance_read_books
  • 09-06-21

amazing

Loved listening to this audio book. This was and dramatic and full on action packed ending to this story and I loved every moment of it.

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  • Deedee
  • 03-06-21

Fascinating, captivating and satisfying

I absolutely loved this series. Sorry to see it end, but I can't wait to see what other worlds Leigh Bardugo will create and make me fall in love with. Lauren Fortgang again did a fantastic job. Thank you both very much :)

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  • Has
  • 01-06-21

what a wonderful way to end a great story

listen to an amazing narration and brilliant writter. worthy for travellers on the grind. a must listen in your collection.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-21

great story

great story, fantasy at its best with a clear line to follow, pity some of the hero's didn't survive

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  • Cassie Fox
  • 21-03-21

10/10

I loved everything about this series. Was a great ending to the book and the Six of Crowes Duology is ready and waiting to add more to the Grisha world that has been created.