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Ruin and Rising: The Grisha Trilogy, Book 3

By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Rousing, romantic finale to fantasy set in alternate Russia.

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Ruin and Rising is darker than the previous two novels in the trilogy. Alina's strength of character and fierce determination give the story its light. Ruin and Rising also digs deeper into the Darkling as a person. Even though he's the villain, readers root for him. Alina continues to battle her feelings for him and Mal. While turning the pages, readers wonder who will win her love and trust. Bardugo's characters -- from main to secondary -- are fascinatingly multilayered, particularly the Darkling.

Bardugo also does a great job of breathing life into a mystical and magical world. This series is filled with complicated and dynamic stories and characters who feel real. Nothing's ever an easy choice for Alina, Mal, and the Darkling. Whether you are Team Mal or Team Darkling, the novel is an entertaining read and gives closure to the series.

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