Synopsis: 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.
[description from Goodreads]
My Rating for the The Grisha Trilogy:☆☆☆☆☆ [READ IT, yes, shouty capitals]
Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this trilogy! I was actually surprised by how much I loved it. The characters were inperfect, and did things that made you upset with them, but that was the beauty of them. Alina was not the perfect heroine; she struggled with her power and the greediness for getting the third amplifier. Mal was not perfect, sometimes giving into his fear of Alina’s power and turning his back on her. All this just made them more human to me; brought them to life. The charcters were what really drew me in to the books: Alina with her grouchiness; Mal with his cockiness and loyalty to Alina; Nikolai with his ever changing moods to fit a situation; Tolya and Tamar, Zoya, Genya, David. The list goes on.
I also loved that it was set against a Russian back drop, taking the Russia’s landscape and putting in to the series. It also helps that shapes of Russian buildings are on the covers.
I loved Ruin & Rising! It was the perfect end to the series. At times I thought that The Darkling would win. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the time I started it to the time I finished it. It was dark, and nail biting, and I loved every second of it. I liked that though there was something of a love triangle (which I have come to hate, by the way) in the trilogy, it was more on the sidelines and not a huge part of the books.
It has taken its place among the other series that I absolutely love, and follow forever. I have already recommended this trilogy to friends, and I will continue to recommend to it anyone who asks.