Ruin and Rising

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Read: August 2018

I did it. I finally finished the Shadow and Bone trilogy! I cried.

(This kind of turned into a series review, but it focuses on Ruin and Rising.)

!!!SPOILER WARNING!!! (I talk about the ending!)

I didn’t really love this as a final book, especially the ending, but I liked it. I wasn’t sure what to expect. There was some things that I didn’t like about it. I still don’t know how I feel about it.

I think I’m over this trilogy. I don’t really know what to think of all of it and, though I liked it while reading, I’m not sure if it’s something that I would want to keep going back to. It’s definitely not my favorite series. I loved the first book, Shadow and Bone, but I didn’t really like the second book, Siege and Storm. I wasn’t sure what to expect for this book. I usually love the final book, but after Siege and Storm I didn’t know how it would play out.

I don’t like when everybody gets a happy ending. Don’t get me wrong, I love happy endings. But in a book where everybody is at war, it doesn’t make sense for everything to work out perfectly in the end. And this book kind of does that. I mean I know Alina loses her powers, but everything else works out. Mal doesn’t end up dying, the Darkling does. Nikolai isn’t possessed (I don’t think that’s the right word here? but whatever) or dead. Alina and Mal go home and run the orphanage together. They basically live happily ever after. Other than Alina being without her powers, of course. Which I’m not that upset over? I feel like that was a good way to create a balance in the end.

Speaking of Nikolai, even though I liked his character, I don’t think I liked him enough to read a whole series about him. (I’m talking about King of Scars here, which is a book about Nikolai after the events of the Shadow and Bone trilogy.) I don’t really want to read him mope about Alina and, as I said, I kind of feel like I’m over this series.

Okay, so I know I that I just said that I’m over this series and that I probably won’t go back to this series. But I think I might need to reread it. Eventually. I don’t want to give up on an entire series (especially when they have such beautiful covers) and I want to make sure that I’m sure. I enjoyed the books while I was reading them, but I forgot a lot of what happened in each book. That might be because I waited for a long time in between books to read the next one, but again I just want to be sure about all of this.

It’s funny because I know that a lot of people don’t like this series and I, while reading it, thought that I would love it. I didn’t really think about the negative opinions that people had about it. I know that there are readers who didn’t like Mal, but I did (at first) so I didn’t think about that either. (He got annoying after a while and I honestly wished that Alina didn’t end up with anyone.) Maybe if I had taken the negative reviews into considerations, then I wouldn’t have been as disappointed with it.

There were a lot of feelings in the end though. Like I said, I did cry and I don’t usually cry when reading, so I mean that’s something. Though that might be because it was an ending and it was happening so quickly and I was getting wrapped up in everything and it was a bit of a roller coaster. Every feeling makes me cry, and there were a bunch of different feelings in the end and you just get jerked around. It was a lot.

So. Overall thoughts.

I don’t knooooow. I loved, loved, loved the first book, Shadow and Bone, but I just thought that the second and third books were meh.

I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to get around to reading Six of Crows. I know that it’s loved so much by so many people, but this was a little bit of a disappointment and I’m scared to read the duology now.

What are your thoughts on final books? Do you tend to love them? Have you read Six of Crows? Are you one of the many (many) people who love it? Or are you one of the few who don’t? If you have read Six of Crows, are there any nods to the Shadow and Bone trilogy? Let me know and talk to me down in the comments!

Happy Reading!

Love, Lece

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