I finished the Grisha Trilogy during the weekend. Ruin and Rising [The Book Depository] was amazing. I couldn’t let the book down despite fearing the Darkling’s fate. Even if it’s going to be a surprise, it’s not. We all know what will happen to the Dark Side. Many characters don’t survive the Ruin of this last book. However, it’s a masterpiece plenty of surprises. Although the reader could find hints in the other books, surprises are massive.
The Darkling and Nicolai are my favorite characters. And although they’re different, they both love Alina for similar reasons. One of them is power. Alina is the Sun Summoner, the Saint, the one who can stop the Darkling and make the Fold disappear.
[SPOILERS: there’re massive spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read the books yet, stop reading right here.]
We start the novel in the caves where the Apparat keeps Alina and the surviving Grisha captive. He uses the Saint to control his followers. However, Mal has a plan to bring them back to the surface and do something against the Darkling. No one knows if Nicolai is still alive. Alina hopes he is.
When they finally make it out, they end up rescued by Nicolai and his army of rogues. Not only he survived, but he also made his stronghold in mountains of Fjerda. Despite our heroes setting up the stakes high and gaining ground, they haven’t found the Firebird yet. Alina needs the third amplifier if they want to defeat the Darkling and stop his plans. Both sides want Ravka safe. Their methods are completely different.
The Darkling ends up taking from Alina everything she deems dear little by little. In the meanwhile, Nicolai proposes to her in the hopes to have a strong Queen. And Mal steps out for love of Alina. He’s just a common guy, and her fate is for something great. Imagine the surprise when they discover that the third amplifier is Mal! Will she be able to kill him to save Ravka?
The Darkling uses dark magic to turn Nicolai in a monster. But, he still recognizes his friends and helps them. But, for the noble and always handsome King, this punishment leaves him wounded for the rest of his life.
I won’t tell you what Alina does with Mal, nor how the Darkling ends. It’s too much of a dramatic ending to spoil it here. I was in tear reading it, and I couldn’t stop despite all the drama!
All in all, this trilogy is great. Still, the Six of Crows will remain my favorite. But these three books were too good to put aside. As for Nicolai, I hope he’ll appear in some other book. He was too much sassy and funny just to forget him.
Have you read the books? What did you think of the Grish Trilogy?
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