Ruin and Rising

Soldier. Summoner. Saint.The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power―but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.


This is one of those rare series that actually gets better as it progresses. I cannot wait to read Six of Crows (But is that sentence contradictory? Because if I actually could not wait, you’d assume that I’d be reading Six of Crows right now instead of being at my desk, writing this post. Shrugs.)


There was some seriously entertaining dialogue. Examples will follow the colon:

  • Everything that came out of Nikolai’s mouth
  • Everything that came out of Harshaw’s mouth.
  • Mal and Alina’s conversations
  • Zoya’s insults
  • Tolya’s lovely poetry

I found myself laughing out loud at quite a few of the parts, so much so that I caused disruptions with my unending snickering.


There was an amazing antagonist in this book! The Darkling may be the best antagonist I’ve read in recent history. Bardugo somehow made you despise him and want a happy ending for him at the same time.


Harshaw and Oncat!!!


Favorite character: Nikolai, followed closely by Harshaw, then The Darkling (What did I say about Bardugo and rooting for the antagonist?).

Favorite quote: I am not ruined. I am ruination.

This quote. I love it.

7 thoughts on “Ruin and Rising

  1. I completely agree! This is such an amazing series and I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you think of Six of Crows – in my opinion it’s even better. xD Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤

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    1. Yes yes yes! I am so very excited to read six of crows!!
      I wanted to read it even before I knew it was hyped book. I originally thought it was actually an indie book. Shrugs.
      But I want to read it so much!
      I’ve had it since June and it’s been mocking me.
      But I have a very specific reading list and I don’t break it. Ever.
      I only have six books to read before it though, so I should get to it soon.
      The cover is beautiful.

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      1. hehe the concept is incredible!! I hope you really enjoy it 😀 heheh ah that makes sense- I tend to be a mood reader, but that tends to mean books get left for ages 😉 Awesome!! And yes the cover is gorgeous!! I love it so much!!

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      2. Well, I’m the type of reader that reads really strictly by a list (I don’t know if there’s a name for that), but books still get left for ages.
        I have the hardcover versions of six of crows and crooked kingdom. I love how the edges of the paper is black and red, it’s so amazing. They should do that for every book.

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