Leigh Bardugo‘s The Grisha series was a lucky find for me. I found the first two books, Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm, on Amazon by chance and fell in love with the covers, so I ordered myself those hardcovers and 14 hours later had read both of them. The reading experience I had with Bardugo’s universe reminded me so much of when I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time when I was 11, and both books quickly made it on my favourites shelf. I am so excited to see how Alina, Mal and The Darkling’s story ends, and will be a nervous wreck until the finale, Ruin and Rising, releases on June 17th 2014 through Henry Holt and Codebut. It’s my favourite Waiting On Wednesday pick so far! (Also, will you look at that cover? EPIC!)
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.