Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo is a wonderful epic fantasy and the third book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I have really enjoyed this series and am glad I got to read them back to back. I wouldn't have wanted to wait for the next books release! Let's start with the cover, I love it! Like the first two books in the series, the imagery and colors foreshadow a major plot point in the story.
Ruin and Rising is another extremely well written character driven story and an emotional roller coaster! This world that Leigh Bardugo has created is absolutely amazing. You immediately find yourself immersed in the magical and mysterious Ravka universe. Leigh Bardugo has created a complex and incredibly detailed magic system. We follow Alina as she continues to recuperate from her last battle with the Darkling and prepare for their final confrontation. I still struggled with Alina's naivety at times, but it's not as drastic as the previous two books. There were so many twists and turns and gut wrenching events throughout this book, it left me breathless. I still am not sure how I feel about who Alina ends up with, but i will not give any spoilers. I will just have to stew in my own feelings.
If you are a fan of intricate epic fantasies, undying love, and magic and mayhem then go read this book and series! This gem published by Henry Holt and Company is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give Ruin and Rising 4 out of 5 gems. I loved this series and cannot wait to read more stories set in this universe. Happy Reading!