Teen Review: “Ruin and Rising” by Leigh Bardugo
In the third and final book of the Grisha Trilogy, Alina is trapped by the Apparat in the Underground Cathedral. Trapped far away from any light, Alina is powerless. She must escape above ground with her friends, but once she gets there, what will she do? The Darkling has taken over the Palace, Nikolai is in hiding or possibly dead, and despite having obtained Morozova’s journal, his fire bird and third amplifier is still elusive. The worst part is that Alina now has some of the Darkling darkness in her. It is a superficial power, like making shadows jump, but it only goes to show just how similar the Darkling and Alina truly are. Can Alina defeat the Darkling with his lifetime’s worth of experience? And if it comes down to it, will she be willing to sacrifice everything? This last book had a bittersweet ending, but it did a nice job of wrapping things up.
Aedan, Central TLLC, 17