12:56 pm EDT, February 14, 2014

Cover revealed for ‘Ruin and Rising’ by Leigh Bardugo

The cover art for Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo has been released today, along with quotes from the final installment in the Grisha trilogy.

The gripping and unusual tale of Alina Starkov, the Sun Summoner, will conclude this summer with the release of Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. The beautiful cover art for the novel was revealed today by publisher Macmillan, ramping up the anticipation for the third book in Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy.

Ruin and Rising Leigh Bardugo

Along with the intricate palace that has decorated each cover in the Grisha trilogy, the cover art for Ruin and Rising prominently features the imagery of the mythical firebird. The magical creature will likely prove pivotal to the plot, as the firebird is the third magic-enhancing “amplifier” that Alina will seek in the final volume.

And as a marked change from the moody blue and gray tones of the preceding novels Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm, the cover of Ruin and Rising stands out in a vibrant red. Though dark elements remain, we can’t help but hope that this color palate indicates Alina’s successful rise in defeat of the dangerous and seductive Darkling who now rules Ravka.

The official synopsis for Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo intimates that the path to redemption will not be easy for Alina or her companions.

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.

As a teaser, Bardugo released several quotes from Ruin and Rising to whet fans’ appetites. The first such quote ominously says, “Know that I loved you. Know that it was not enough.”

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo will hit bookstores on June 17 of this year.

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