WARNING: THIS POST WILL CONTAIN MANY SPOILERS FOR THE GRISHA TRILOGY. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE SPOILED PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE READING THIS POST.
Instead, you can check out my completely SPOILER-FREE reviews of the SECOND and FINAL book in the trilogy HERE.
Well hello, post-Grisha trilogy readers.
So I just finished reading Ruin and Rising and I can’t tell you how freaking thankful I am that this book did not COMPLETELY ruin me like I was expecting it to. BUT, I didn’t know the ending while reading, so therefore there will be a HUGE amount of caps used throughout this discussion. I apologize in advance.
I’ve never written a discussion before, but if you read my reviews, you’ll know that I said I marked a LOT of quotes in the last book. SOOO… since I have no clue how to write a discussion post, I’m just going to share with you the quote and then do my best through text to imitate my reactions to when I read that part for the first time, and THEN discuss.
Here we go…
In a flash, his hand snaked out and seized my wrist. The room came into sudden focus. He yanked me close, wedging me between his knees. His other hand pressed to the small of my back, his strong fingers splayed over the curve of my spine. -pg. 200
WHAT IS HAPPENING I JUST CAN’T EVEN HE’S SUPPOSED TO BE CREEPY AND I USED TO THINK SO BUT NOW LEIGH BARDUGO DOES THIS AND I JUST DON’T KNOW HOW TO FEEL ANYMORE. THE DARKLING IS SEXY, OKAY? THERE I SAID IT.
The corner of his mouth curled, the faintest suggestion of Nikolai’s wry smile. I could almost hear him say, Really, lovely, what could be worse? Beneath my hand, his heart beat – steady and human. -pg. 344
Nikolai swooped back down, barreling into another of the Darkling’s nichevo’ya. I could almost imagine his laugh. Well, if I’m going to be a monster, I might as well be king of the monsters. -pg. 372
This just made me so sad I just couldn’t handle it. The way she saw the briefest hint of his old self in there it just TORE AT MY HEART. And then when he SAVES TAMAR I JUST. And then in the end he’s okay and I was just so relieved because he deserved it.
I gasped as he grabbed my wounded arm. Despite the pain and the risk, I summoned a weak wash of light, saw his beautiful face streaked with dirt and blood. And the knife in his hand. -pg. 376
WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT AND I ACTUALLY GASPED OUT LOUD BECAUSE I REALLY DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD HAPPEN BUT IT DID. I GOT SO NERVOUS. I really thought she had to kill him and he was actually dead. I was so shocked when I read that he was the third amplifier. Mal and Alina’s relationship in this series was developed BETTER THAN ANYTHING I’VE EVER READ BEFORE. I want a Mal of my own, please.
“Alina,” the Darkling repeated, his fingers seeking mine. I was surprised to find fresh tears filling my eyes. -pg. 384
SO MANY MIXED EMOTIONS. I felt so sorry for him here.
“Once more,” he said. “Speak my name once more.” He was ancient, I knew that. But in this moment he was just a boy – brilliant, blessed with too much power, burdened by eternity. -pg. 384
HIS NAME WAS ALEKSANDER. MY EMOTIONS. This moment was so perfect. And earlier learning that Baghra was Morozova’s daughter and her past was such a shock.
And there it was again: the thready, miraculous sound of Mal drawing a breath. -pg. 386
OH THANK GOD. I COULDN’T LIVE WITH ANY OTHER END.
“Alina,” he said and kissed the scar on my palm, “I remember everything.” -pg. 396
No one knew his name to curse or extol, so I spoke it softly, beneath my breath. “Aleksander,” I whispered. A boy’s name, given up. Almost forgotten. -pg. 411
*Emily shedding a tear*
Thank goodness it was a fairly happy ending. This series was just so wonderful, don’t you agree?!
Okay, so this wasn’t much of a discussion – more of a reaction – but still. I want to hear what you thought of the end of the Grisha trilogy! Spoilers and all! 🙂