Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: June 19th 2014
Source: For Review
Summary: The capital has fallen.
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. -goodreads
Dear Leigh Bardugo,
To be honest, all I want to do is collapse on the floor with exhaustion. Because I stayed up all night reading Ruin and Rising, because my emotions are tired of being taken control of, because my heart is so bruised and battered right now IT NEEDS TO REST. You're writing, your plots: good grief your plots. They are so intricate and complex and clever and stunning and when will you stop being so
You managed to make me laugh, cry, hyperventilate, cry some more, smile, laugh, crumple into a ball [rather like the tissue i had clutched in my fist]and feel so many things I was constantly in a whirlwind of emotions that all crashed into me at once like a tidal wave and I couldn't breathe and i was drowning and then suddenly my head was above the water and I could breathe again but barely just and after that i don't really know what happened but I'm here now and i survived. Barely. But I did.
So there you have it.
I hope your happy that my life was both crushed and built at the same time in the course of reading your book. You should be, because Ruin and Rising is my favourite series ending of all time alongside Dreams of Gods and Monsters.
*Crawls to hug book and stare at the ceiling*
The Reader That Nearly Overdosed on Feels
Thank you to Guardian Children's Books and Indigo for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.