Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

All right, let’s start a week of too many book reviews. Like I said, I’ve read some really great books in my absence, and now they’re all building up inside of me and I’m ready to explode.

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Title: Ruin of Stars {416 pages}

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Summary:

The thrilling conclusion to the Mask of Shadows duology that weaves a tale of magic, shadows, and most importantly, revenge.

As one of the Queen’s elite assassins, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and permission to hunt down the lords who killed their family. But Sal still has to figure out who the culprits are. They must enlist the help of some old friends and enemies while ignoring a growing distaste for the queen and that the charming Elise is being held prisoner by her father.

But there’s something terribly wrong in the north. Talk of the return of shadows, missing children, and magic abounds. As Sal takes out the people responsible for their ruined homeland, Sal learns secrets and truths that can’t be forgotten.

Review:

So. No one told me that this was the final book in a duology. I WAS NOT READY.

Our scrappy Sal is back, and now that she’s the official Opal, she has all the resources necessary to exact her revenge on those who took her land and her family from her. She hunts them down until she finds a tangled web of lies and deceit. Her beloved Elise is being held captive by her father, one of Sal’s targets, and now Sal only has a few people that she can rely upon. Then Sal stumbles into something bigger than her, something that could have the power to ruin the entire world. Refusing to give up on her original plan, Sal takes the blows and tumbles that are dealt, and she becomes the hero that everyone needs.

Sounds epic, right? I don’t even do it justice here.

There is so much happening in this book. Sal is the Opal now, but she doesn’t waste time on courtly living or what it means to be the Queen’s Right Hand. She heads out right away to find the people who she promised to kill, and she brings dread and destruction wherever she goes. There is the little problem of missing children, as well as the fact that the kingdom does not take kindly to people like Sal: people who cannot be separated into one of two categories, ma’am or sir. Magic, that elusive beautiful thing that has been banned since the Queen has taken the throne, is suddenly back, or has it ever really left? Sal even comes across someone she has prayed to in another life.

Like I said, there’s a lot happening.

In trilogies, we have plenty of time to get to know characters and form a bond with them. It almost feels like one of those friendships that you curate through high school, the friend that turns into your best friend by the end of those four years. By the time the third book/movie rolls around, we feel like these characters are our friends, our family. In a duology, it’s the same deal, but the bonds that we form with the characters are made quicker, but they feel stronger. Imagine duology characters as the friends you make in college: it might have happened one drunken night, but you two are welded together for life. Even if we only get to know them within a few chapters, suddenly that one character is our new best friend. Which makes it even more devastating when that characters is yanked away from us.

No spoilers. That was just to prepare you.

If you came here today because you were wondering if Ruin of Stars is really worth it, let me be the one to tell you: it definitely is. This was the perfect ending to Sal’s story, and even though I was angry while reading the ending, I get it. Sal’s life could have gone no other way. Linsey Miller is now one of those authors that is on my immediate read list. She’s so good at weaving a story and keeping you in it until the very last word.

So definitely read both Mask of Shadows and Ruin of Stars. Just don’t start crying and then say I didn’t warn you.

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