Title: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: 2017 (2014)
Source: Borrowed from Library
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
And so it ends. I found Ruin and Rising a satisfying conclusion to Alina and the Darkling's story. There were some wonderful moments between them (all of which hubby got to hear me read aloud because I loved them so much), and the story had good pacing with plenty of action. A couple of twists took me by surprise, which is always good, and I turned the final page feeling both happy and devastated at the same time. Although the Darkling will always be my best love, I am keen to continue reading the other titles by Bardugo set in this world, starting with Six of Crows. Meanwhile, because he saw how much I loved them, hubby offered to buy this trilogy for me, so I will have it to treasure forever (Read: Have the Darkling to treasure forever). This one gets a full five stars as a gripping conclusion to a great tale.