Book title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Target Audience: Young Adult
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.
Why I chose this?
This series is one I see a lot and when I mentioned this to a friend she advised e that I would enjoy them. I did enjoy the first book and I’m hoping that I won’t once again be disappointed by a sequel.
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.
What I thought
Well, this one was certainly better than its predecessor. That I can say with confidence.
This definitely had an interesting start with the ending of Seige and Storm with Alina and her abilities but the Apparat is still not one I would ever trust. He’s the guy that thinks he is right about everything even if you know what is best he will convince you that you are wrong and you’re not compos mentis enough to know what you want.
Mal in this book comes into his own. In the last book, his brooding really got on my nerves. Mal this is not about you get over yourself. This is about Alina and saving your country from an evil dictator. However, during their exit from the White Chapel, he really starts to show himself as a leader and someone who can be trusted with the lives of 12 people especially with what happens in one of the caves. (I am trying really hard to not spoil this even though I’m late reading this again).
Once again their journey to retrieve the final amplifier for Alina isn’t without its struggles from bandits, traitors, death, shapeshifters and even a U-turn. This book doesn’t get boring and doesn’t slow pace. Even when they’re sitting in the house trying to figure out what to do next there is always something going on and keeps you interested.
Alina’s characterisation has got better with each book, she started off as someone who believed started with nothing and would end up with nothing. What she actually did though was live her life to the fullest and although it was for the greater good what she managed to do was survive which at the end of the day is what we would all want.
This was definitely worth the read even if I had to get through book two to get to it. This is certainly one I would recommend.
I’ve decided to give Ruin and Rising