Series: The Grisha Trilogy #3
Published by Henry, Holt & Co., Macmillan on June 17, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Magic, Young Adult
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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.
Okay. that was a totally random and unrelated gif for this review. BUT hey! it’s TSwift’s new song: Shake It Off, which is kinda playing on loop on my waywired tired brain right now. And the gif kinda does express my sadness over some…stuffs…that happened with the Darkling on this series finale. 🙁
(review lifted from my review on goodreads, posted July 30,2014)
I finally found the zeal to finish what I’ve started with this one.
All I have to say now is I’ve always known my teams will not win, it just sucks when it’s there right in front of you.
I still have to say though that this book was so thrilling it always kept me on the edge. The story builds up and up and you’d be led to believe this or that will happen, but deep inside I refuse to hope for what the author is trying to lead me to because somehow I know things are not what they seem. And I’m right! But, what really happens next is still so far from what I predicted! That’s how tricky and how Leigh Bardugo is a genius! She can keep you guessing but you’ll never guess it quite right. You think you’re there you can almost grasp it..but really I’m so far from it. It turns so ridiculous at times at how many times it happened. I hate and love it at the same time. Keeps me on my toes though.
Tricky, cunning..what else? Hmm. There’s a touch of romance still, coating the surface and lightly tracing each step, hovering over the ambience. Love never gone. It’s everywhere in this book! Family love, friendship love, romance.. Other than that, this book is all
About teamwork too! A lot of teamwork and what it means to be in a group, what it feels and what it really is. The brilliant minds working together, throwing in ideas to make their plans work and all for the common goal of saving their beloved country? It’s all made of awesome! I loved reading strategies.
It seems like I’m dancing around the bush huh? Well, I’ve said my part on the grieving side that my teamS didn’t win. I had two out of the three and both failed me! Lols but that’s okay because despite the dreary and impossible situation the protagonists had, the book managed to have a good and happy ending. Though not entirely happy for me. But but!!! The ending was a real revelation I never ever thought! Even for a fleeting moment, could happen. There were two major revelations by the end of the book that will simply blow your mind. And there were three moments my heart completely broke in the book. First has something to do with the prince. Second, something to do with the darkling and third has something to do with Alina. I’m being very vague here haha but you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read the book. BUT, I’m just gonna be a bit mean and spoilery right now, it has to do with the name “Aleksander”.
In the end, would I recommend this series? Yes yes yes. I love high fantasy YA books with great characters and of course a great story and a great storyteller. Two thumbs up to Miss Leigh Bardugo! I can’t wait for what you have to offer the world next!