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Forest of Ruin

(Age of Legends #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  4,650 ratings  ·  457 reviews
In a world at war, who can you trust?

The empire rests on the edge of a knife, and sisters Ashyn and Moria are the handle and the blade. Desperate to outmaneuver the evil Alvar Kitsune, whose hold on the people grows stronger every day, Emperor Tatsu begs Moria to put aside past grievances and ally with Gavril—at least long enough to make an attempt on Alvar’s life. Meanwhi
Hardcover, First Edition, 436 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by HarperCollins
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Amethyst April 1, 2016... But I totally agree with you!!! Loved book 1 and 2 :)

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Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong
Book Three of the Age of Legends series
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC borrowed (thanks, Liza!)

Summary (from Goodreads):

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong comes the breathtaking conclusion to the Age of Legends trilogy, perfect for fans of Graceling and Game of Thrones.

The empire rests on the edge of a knife, and sisters Ashyn and Moria are th
Forever ship Gavril and Moria. I don't care what you say! haha. Like seriously, i was like thinking for an ending where Tyrus will die or something, so that Gavril and Moria can be together?! You know the feeling?

But gosh! I love the series, from the first book up to the last! Gosh, i love the book so much i read it for at least one day! I really love the book, it became my favorite on the first few pages. I love the characters, I love their determination, their friendship. Everything!

But someho
3.5 stars
Review to come

Wow what an epic adventure. I feel like I just read 2 books in this one. Lots of shit hitting the fan! I need to process tbh.

Also way to really toy with my emotions there Kelley Armstrong!

To be honest I was less pleased with the way this ended than I wanted to be. This book packed a lot of stuff into one book and it felt a little rushed. (view spoiler)
Kathryn Ford
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I am an emotional wreck!!!
When I have recovered, I will write a proper review. But, for now I need time to sob uncontrollably and deal with post series syndrome!
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
The ending is not what I wanted, at all. I mean, yeah, I like Ashyn's ending bUT NOT MORIA'S. I WANT HER WITH GRAVIL DAMMIT
Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.

Forest of Ruin picks up where Empire of Night left off: the empire is on the verge of war, Moria and Ashyn are separated and those that they care about are in imminent danger. Having LOVED Empire of Night, I anxiously awaited getting my hands on the final book of the Age of Legends trilogy. Did Forest of Ruin live up to my expectations? Well…no, no, it did not.

As soon as I cracked open Forest of Ruin it seemed that something was different. The tone seem
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me start out by saying that this is going to be a ridiculously long review and it's going to be unusual in that I'm basically reviewing the YA Age of Legends trilogy in comparison and contrast to Kelley Armstrong's adult Cainsville series. It's more of my own analysis than a review. As someone who has read almost every Kelley Armstrong novel out there and who has been a huge fan ever since Bitten, I could not for the life of me read Age of Legends without assessing it through the prism of Ca ...more
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2.5 stars

In the third and final installment of the Age of Legends trilogy, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn get ready to finally face the evil that has unleashed all kinds of mythological creatures to plague the Empire and unravel the mystery around their heritage as Keeper and Seeker of the Spirits. Moria embarks on a journey with once ally Gavril Kitsune back to his father, to find out what his war plans are. Meanwhile, Ashyn is integrated into a society of drago
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Okay I'm sorry, but that was just not good. It was super rushed, the ending was super unbelievable, and I'm super disappointed with who ended up together in the end. From the very first book, and even in the second, this relationship is set up and then all of a sudden: poof! It's gone and now one of our female leads is going to go with this other guy, even though technically she can't be with him down the road because of his status...cough cough. Also, it smashed everything that Kelley
Well... That was a let down. I felt like this conclusion didn't deliver what the predecessors promised, at all! The second book had two very specific tasks set out for both sisters, and neither managed to get there...

And no, my ship did not sail. So disappointing.
Amber J
Jul 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5 stars but I rounded up. This is one of those books that you want to love more than you actually do. It had all the elements I usually love in a book. Romance, fantasy, adventure, mystery. But something was just missing from this book. Also, I'm not super happy with who Moria ended up with. That's just my opinion though. This book wasn't bad or anything. Far from it. I think part of the issue was that it was a slow-moving book. But it wasn't just that. The plot was all over the ...more
Apr 19, 2015 marked it as to-read
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Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forest of Ruin was a very good ending to this trilogy. It would have been even nicer with a small epilogue 20 years in the future (cause damn, I want to see Zuri all grown up!). I can only hope Kelley Armstrong will write a novella of the charachters' future. ...more
Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 4.5 stars

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Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This book is set at a steady, medium pace but the action keeps going. There’s also some mystery in this one, revolving around dragons which is pretty cool. There’s a lot more focus on romance in this one as well and it’s so much easier to understand than the rest of the books have been. There’s t
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
The ship I shipped turned out not to be canon, but ah, well... at least I liked the other guy, even though I didn't ship Moria with him :D ...more
Bianca Damaso
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Forest of Ruin is the third and final installment in Kelley Armstrong's Age of Legends trilogy. Forest of Ruins picks up right where Empire of Night left off. Twin sisters Moria (Keeper) and Ashlyn (Seeker) were raised in a tiny village of Edgewood. In their village, they were the ones who were responsible for keeping angry spirits at bay, and putting them to rest. But, after ancient monsters awakened and slaughtered everyone
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The ending was not what i wanted ...
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kathy Davie
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Third and last in the Age of Legend fantasy series for Young Adults and revolving around the twins, Moria the Keeper and Ashyn the Seeker of Edgewood.

My Take
On reading the start of the summary as "the empire rests on the edge of a knife", one would expect there to be a lot of tension, but it's really very lightweight. Dramatic, yes, but not enough to keep you awake at night.

Part of that drama is the emperor's command for Moria to return to her jailer. A sweeter drama is Tyrus' sense of honor. He
Aneta Bak
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fantastic ending to a beautiful trilogy.

Separated, sisters Ashyn and Moira must follow their own missions to ensure the war goes in their favour. Found by her grandfather and his people, Ashyn is asked to awaken dragons in order to ensure that King Tatsu can win the war against the Kitsune. Moira is forced to travel with Gavril back to Alvar Kitsune and become a secret spy, and if given the opportunity, kill the Kitsune and prevent the war all together. Will the sisters be able to stop the war
Lauren - SERIESous Books
-- Want to know if the whole series is worth reading? Read my overall review of the whole series at! Spoiler Free!

This finale was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016 and it did NOT disappoint!

I was hooked from the start right through to the end. Everything that had been amped up from the previous novel kept pace and continued to blow me away. From the lore to the politics to the action to the romance--it's all on point here and fans of the series will love this gran
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Nooo I don't want it to end! :(
I was so hesitant to start reading the series because a lot of people told me it's not good. They are obviously mad!

I LOVE every character. No, no love. I'm OBSESSED with all of them. Okay I must admit I fangirl over Gavril maybe a little bit too much.

The plot is also amazing. It's very fast paced and there is no part that is boring.

The thing I love the most about this series is how it shows friendships, relationships, siblings love and pets loyalty. I can't I'll
I'm preordering the shit out of it!

-Kelley wrote it. Enough said.

-I don't care how shallow I'm making myself sound, but that cover made me see stars and cry out for a defibrillator.

-It already sports 1 and 5 star ratings from the usual dumb and dumber and dumfucks who don't get how the rating system works.

There are no ARCs of this book, people!
Holy shit.

Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well book 2 left me at a horrifying cliffhanger. I feel like authors love torturing the readers. BUT I'M DYING FOR THIS BOOK TO COME OUT!! NEED TO KNOW WAT GAVRIL IS UP TO!!!!

1 more month!!!!
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a good ending!! But I'm so sad to have finished it, I loved this series. Would definitely recommend! ...more
Ashley Lewis
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
🌳 Got a little smutty
🌳 My OTP's 😍 (it had some romance but it was not the main focus)
🌳 Daigo and Tova😍
🌳 Dragon! *Yell in Donkey's voice*
🌳 Had a "The Cruel Prince" scene toward the end😬
🌳 Cute ending😍
🌳 This series was a very easy read, the chapters were pretty short so you can get through it quickly (in my opinion)
🌳 It was mostly fantasy but there could be a case made that it had some horror (it was pretty light though)
Nelly Alikyan
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*4.5*. My ship for Moria didn’t happen but I’m not mad about it. I loved both guys so I can’t be mad about it.
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
“Threatened you with what? Forcing you to father children? I’m hardly an expert in the matter, but my rudimentary knowledge of the process suggests that would be difficult.”

Kelley Armstrong might be really good at dismembering fictional bodies, but she's even better at destroying hearts. I cannot remember the last time a book made me cry, but Forest of Ruin had me sobbing so hard I had to pause the audiobook. My heart was already feeling anxious and unsteady, so it couldn't take the expertly thr
Cas ❦
I read Kelley Armstrong to be amazed, and Forest of Ruin definitely fit the category. High levels of fantasy, adventure and mystery, the Age of Legends series is finished with a bang, but ends with the soft thud of a door closing.

Moria and Ashyn are two different people. They are almost too much like complete opposites to my liking, but their personalities change as they develop after encounters. In Forest of Ruin, we really see these two girls make very different journeys, a path of self discov
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a

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“I have one more task to carry out before I go, Moria.” She turned to Gavril. “You may leave us.”

“I may . . . but I will not.”

“Ignore him,” Moria said. “I do. As much as possible.”

“I do not blame you. He seems very ill-tempered. Traitors ought to be more charming or they’ll never woo anyone to their side.” She turned to Gavril. “Is your father more charming?”
“It is certainly not impossible that my father would attempt to frighten me,” he said. “He did so many times in my youth. But he takes too great a risk here. I am his only heir. There is little point in winning an empire if one cannot launch a dynasty. With both his age and his past . . . performance, he is not foolish enough to believe he can father more sons. That is why I can get away with some degree of disrespect. Yet there is a limit, as I’ve learned. My sons could be his heirs as well as I could. He has threatened me with that when I am overtly impudent.”

“Threatened you with what? Forcing you to father children? I’m hardly an expert in the matter, but my rudimentary knowledge of the process suggests that would be difficult.”

She swore Gavril flushed. Impossible to tell with his skin tone, of course, but his expression said if he was a Northerner, he’d be as red as a summer plum.”
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