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In the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruined series, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.

Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.

But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead. The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.

416 pages, ebook

First published May 1, 2018

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Amy Tintera

16 books3,028 followers
Amy Tintera is the New York Times bestselling author of several series for young adults. She earned degrees in journalism and film and worked in Hollywood before becoming an author. Raised in Austin, Texas, she frequently sets her novels in the Lone Star State, but she now lives in Los Angeles, where there’s far less humidity but not nearly enough Tex-Mex. Listen for the Lie is her adult debut.

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Profile Image for High Lady of The Night Court.
135 reviews5,082 followers
December 25, 2018
"You were born useless, but you dont have to be helpless"

I actually enjoyed the ending of this trilogy. The characters definitely grow on you and I knew I would like Em from the very beginning. The characters were written very realistically and the concept of the Ruined was also written well. I feel very happy right now because looking back I feel like a lot of what happened could have been made more theatrical and unrealistic but it wasn't and it was done very well.

The characters were amazing and I love them all. Even the antagonists proved to be great characters who complimented a great story. Em from the very beginning was clearly a great leader who kept her focus on the well being of her people but still maintained a head for morality and what is right. Watching the Ruined look past her being Useless and see that she can be the best leader in the history of Ruina is a wonderful experience.

We see Cas as he realises and resents what is happening in Leran society, and that all of it is happening because of his parents. When you lose everything its just easier to let it all go, but all he needed was a push to see through the misery and to the responsibility which now lay upon his shoulders.
We follow him as he grows as a person and a leader and comes to terms with his parents death and be the King his people need while trying to the King his people want.

I think it was smart to gradually introduce more perspectives into the trilogy because many perspectives in the beginning would have confused the plot with too many opinions but introducing them after we got to know the character was definitely a smart thing to do.

The story was written very well and I feel like the plot carried well though out the trilogy. Each book had a goal of its own: like the first one was Em rescuing her sister but also being enlightened to the fact that she couldn't blame all Lerans for the faults of a few, the second was Olivia turning out to be just like her mother and Em realising that Olivia can't be allowed to lead hence leading her to accept the fact that she was going to have to betray her sister. And this book, the final installation of the trilogy, brought everything and tied it together. And the series still had its eye on that ending that we knew was coming while keeping in line with the plot.

I loved these books and I had a great time reading them in one stretch. Amy Tintera did a great job with the characters and the court politics that showed up. I rate this book 4 stars.
Profile Image for Yusra  ✨.
249 reviews512 followers
June 2, 2018
DEAR AMY,,,,, please release an Aren and Iria novella or I will literally sTART TO SCREAM

buddy read with ishmeen 💓

anyone else only here for Aren and Iria? cause like,
they're my new one true pair
Profile Image for Nasom.
195 reviews141 followers
August 7, 2018
Full review

Mostly satisfied with the end of the series 💞

What I liked
- This book and series, in general, is so easy to read. I believe I read the three books within 3 days. I found it kinda calming in terms of not feeling angry towards anything. I found some characters annoying but not enough to affect my enjoyment of the series.

- I loved the friendship between Aren and Galo. They weren’t a duo I thought would become close but I was pleasantly surprised with this development

- Aren! I really loved Aren. He is the most powerful person in this world yet he’s like the sweetest person too, who is soft and fragile. I don’t think I have read about a character like that. Him and Iria’s relationship was so cute too

What I didn’t like
- The one thing that stopped this from being a 5 was that I felt Cas kinda deserved better . It was weird bc Cas was happy to accept his outcome but I wanted him not to!! I think I just didn't like how similar it was to the red queen series (which i hated) lol

- Another issue was that there a plot point that seemed like it would become a bigger deal but it ended up not being one

- It was revealed that the major villain in this book could easily be killed by two people so it was kind of frustrating when they allowed her to continue being terrible when they had multiple chances to just end her. Plus it made her less impactful since she wasn’t this all-powerful, invincible force.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and series in general and I recommend if you’re looking for a mellow fantasy Read.
Profile Image for Caitlin.
339 reviews698 followers
April 30, 2018
I loved this. But the first ones still my favourite so I felt like I couldn’t give this one a full five stars. BUT it was amazing
Profile Image for Sabrina.
477 reviews252 followers
November 25, 2018
1.)Ruined - ★★★★★
2.)Avenged - ★★★★

This was a awesome conclusion to a fantastic trilogy.


“The woman turned and ran. A disbelieving laugh escaped Em’s lips.
Emelina Flores, the girl who killed the princess, the girl who destroyed Lera, the girl who rode with the king to put it back together.
Emelina Flores, the hero.
No one would believe it.”

This was better than I had anticipated. I always have a fear that the end of a trilogy/series is going to be bad and ruin the previous books for me. But this one was exactly the opposite.
The romance was great, the new POV we got was a pleasant surprise, the writing was just as good, the characters got even better and it was just as fast passed, filled with fights, deaths, betrayal as the previous books.
I love the friendship in this trilogy and how they are always there for each other. Real friends people, real friends. Lol.

I’m extremely content with myself for reading this trilogy. It was an incredible way to pass time.
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296 reviews1,185 followers
October 11, 2020
Leí este libro en 24 horas literalmente
Y lo mismo me pasó con los libros anteriores de esta trilogía.
No importa si estoy para leer algo de este género o no
No importa si estoy en bloqueo lector o no
No importa nada
Porque los libros de esta saga siempre se me hicieron SUPER atrapantes y los leí todos RAPIDÍSIMOS.

Alianza es el tercer libro de la trilogía Ruina y debo decir que me gustó tanto cómo los anteriores. Quizá no sean los libros más originales del mundo pero son taaaaaan atrapantes que eso no importa.
En este libro tenemos nuevamente a nuestros personajes que están en plena guerra. Emelina debe decidir con quién aliarse y para que bando va a luchar y tomar decisiones tan personales le va a costar.
Me gustó mucho este libro, no podía parar de leerlo. Me encariñé mucho con los personajes secundarios que sentí que hasta tenían más importancia que los protagonistas.
Galo y Aren son lo mejor y se llevaron todo el libro. Jajajajaja
PD. No recordaba que había tantos personajes LGBT, eso me gustó.
Recomiendo mucho esta saga, en especial si quieren leer algo tranqui y muy atrapante!!

Yo leyendo alianza: 😱🤩🤣😎🙃
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382 reviews155 followers
June 3, 2018
I am just so content with this series and how it ended you guys, I love it!! The writing style is very simplistic although the plot is anything but that 👏🏻 My journey with this story started when I won my first Goodreads giveaway in 2016 and I had no clue what would be in store for me. I wasn’t much of a fantasy reader and I was just excited over the fact that I had won a free book lol but little did I know that I would fall so hard for these characters and this story, that it would become one of my favourite series till date. I’m not saying that it was perfect since there are a few things I’d change but I personally enjoyed the story a lot so I’m giving it 5 stars 🌟There’s good romance(multiple ships!!), kickass characters that you can’t help but become attached to and an amazing storyline that will keep you hooked so I’d definitely recommend it to all fantasy lovers out there :) So grateful for this buddy read with Yusra❤️
Profile Image for Brittany.
896 reviews118 followers
May 15, 2019
3 Stars!!

There comes a time when we have to accept that people make their own choices, and we’re not responsible for those choices, even if they’re our family.

This is the most mellow Fantasy series I have ever read. The characters, even when at war- were really just chill for the most part. Its been a while since I have read the first two of the series but I remembered the story line and what was happening. For whatever reason, I really enjoyed those two way more than this one.

The writing was still fantastic and I enjoyed the end of the story- it just seemed to drag a little more than the others and the ending was a little predictable.

I appreciated seeing the romance blossom a little more in Allied, and we got to see how the two races would end up working together in the end.

Overall- this book was enjoyable it just went a little too slow for me or maybe just not much was happening, compared to the others in the series. I still recommend this book and the entire series! Totally worth the read :P
Profile Image for Cait Jacobs (Caitsbooks).
305 reviews14.6k followers
May 29, 2022
Curious about the first book? Here’s my review of that!

I love this series. It's grown on me more and more with each book, and this one was no exception!

To see my review on my blog, click here!

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 4.5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Would you recommend this book for fans of the first?

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Allied is the final book in the Ruined trilogy, and it is a great conclusion. I loved this trilogy. It was so fun and fast-paced, with amazing characters and development, and this book just continues that trend.

Allied takes place right after the events of Avenged and tensions are high. This book includes a lot more politics than the previous two, focusing more on Cas and Em dealing with the views of the people as they prepare for war against, well, pretty much everyone. I absolutely loved how the political side of this book was handled. It was really interesting and fun despite having a bunch of meetings with advisors. A lot of books make fantasy politics boring, but this one had me so excited about long discussions talking strategy. Allied also introduced some POVs that I loved and really fleshed out some characters that I felt really needed it. Honestly, this series really does just get better with each installment. It was in this book that you really see how our main characters have grown in this series and it was fantastic.

Overall, Allied was great. The perfect conclusion to this series and I wouldn't have changed a thing (except I still really want a map. Can we please just have a map of this world?!)
Profile Image for Rissa.
1,420 reviews47 followers
May 15, 2018
Allied 5⭐️
Em is healing humans secretly while Olivia is killing as many humans as possible. Cas is now the king with both parents now dead. Galo is head guard but feels the wrong fit, he feels as though he is not good enough to be Cas’s protector given the rebellion and war that rages all around them.
Cas and Em are still trying to become Allies and make others see that there can be peace while everyone around them wants war against the other.
And Aren, oh Aren he will do anything and everything for Emelina.

Beautiful finale! I love these characters, the story, the power, the friendships and allies formed. Beautiful. The writing was beautiful, the story flowed effortlessly and i need more from my babies!!!
Profile Image for Hala.
320 reviews
May 29, 2018
Does the title mean what I think it does ?🤔😍💃🏼


My predictions were right thank god.
My ship sailed
The villain was defeated

I think this is the way a finale should end

I recommend this trilogy

It joins humour, plot, characters and world building in the best way possible. 👏🏻👌🏻
Profile Image for Beth.
743 reviews573 followers
September 24, 2018
3.5 stars maybe?

I’m not really sure. I can’t do a full review because I don’t have my laptop, and in my phone it would be longggggg.

This had so much potential, I adored ruined. I still love Cas and Em but I’m slightly miffed with the ending and this legit should of had an epilogue 😩
Profile Image for Sandra (LadyGrey Reads).
606 reviews90 followers
December 26, 2018
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Olivia Flores continues with her plan to end the humans and give the world to the Ruined. At her side is her sister, Emelina - but unbeknownst to Olivia, Em is quietly going against the other queen's orders. She's saving the humans - and she plans to unite the people of this world, humans and Ruined, to end Olivia's madness once and for all.

This was the perfect ending to this trilogy. I love Amy Tintera's writing style and how she's not shying away from blood and gore - or heartbreak. This world's politics feel realistic, as does Olivia's spiralling madness. We see more of Galo and Mateo's relationship, an amazing bromance between Galo and Aren, and Aren and Iria's relationship rivals that of Cas and Em's.

All in all, this is a wonderful, amazing, brilliant conclusion - and I definitely have to re-read this whole trilogy soon!
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261 reviews32 followers
July 9, 2018
4.5 stars!

"There comes a time when we have to accept that people make their own choices, and we’re not responsible for those choices, even if they’re our family."

Two sisters go head to head in the thrilling ending to the Ruined series, Allied. Emelina and Olivia Flores are at odds with how to rule over their group of Ruined. Where Olivia wants to kill every human she can get her hands on, Emelina wants to do the opposite and try to unite Ruined and humans together. By secretly saving humans from Olivia's wrath wherever she can in Lera, Em begins to think of a plan to take down her sister once and for all. With the help of her best friend Aren, lover/boyfriend/husband? King Casimir and a couple of others, Emelina has to stop Olivia before she becomes the ruler of one of the most powerful kingdoms.

I really enjoyed the final installment to this trilogy. The character development is truly amazing. You can definitely notate the differences in Em, Cas, Aren, and Galo from Ruined until now. Even though the trilogy occurs in the span of a few weeks, you barely notice with everything going on.

Amy Tintera delivered yet another compelling story about morals, politics, love and just plain ol' doing the right thing. Following everyone on their journey was enjoyable and exciting at time. The characters relationships were especially something I loved and fell hard for. Cas and Em's love story is truly sweet. The way they care for each other makes you say swoon with heart eyes. Aren and Iria's feelings blossom into something that anyone can root for. And even the background relationship of Galo and Mateo. I love when the LGBTQ community are featured in books and I love that nowadays you see more and more of them. And I can't forget about the budding bromance of Galo and Aren. Their friendship is one that I rooted for and I'm happy they went on that adventure together and grew closer and learned how to trust one another. But my favorite bromance will always be Galo and Cas, #BFFs!

Iria was a background character that was a nice addition to the group. But I feel as though she was just there as Aren's love interest. Aside from that, she really didn't have a true purpose in the book...well, at least until the end . Other than the major role she played during the battle scene at the end, I didn't see the point in Iria's presence. Allied would have still been amazing even without a love interest for Aren...even if it would've taken a chunk out of the story. However, it wouldn't have a made a difference, other than having a shorter book. However, I didn't hate her character. I loved when she and Aren were together and as an individual, she was just there, just present. I also felt the same about Mateo. As Galo's boyfriend, he is just that, Galo's boyfriend. But I loved his interactions with Galo, but like I said, as an individual, not much of a character.

As the villain, Olivia begins to spiral more out of control as she discovers Em's true intentions and sees that most of the Ruined are siding with Em. She believes that violence and fear are the only ways to establish power and control. But after defeat, everyone begins to see that she is not the all powerful leader that she claims to be and all of her Ruined followers have left her side. Olivia is a girl hell bent on revenge and will do anything and sacrifice anyone to get it. . I was sad to see that she was the one character that didn't change, she would not or could not let go of her anger and hatred. But at the same time I'm happy she didn't let it go. It fueled her, which in turn pushed the story line ahead. She was a villain through and through.

There was nothing that I hated about this book. However, I did wish that there was an epilogue. The ending could've been more full circle. I felt like there was more to say. But other than that, I loved Allied. The Ruined series definitely goes down as a favorite. This book just made me want to read so much more from Amy Tintera.
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938 reviews126 followers
May 28, 2018
Allied is the conclusion to the Ruined series, and I think that Amy Tintera does a pretty good job of tying everything together.

I had thought that Olivia would be a much more interesting character, but she seemed to devolve in this book to become a bit more one-dimensional and too focused on revenge. On the other hand, we see very nice development of Em's character, and she's a long way from the bloodthirsty girl we see in the very first scene of the series. There are quite a lot of point of view characters, which I think is different from previous novels (but my memory isn't great so I could be wrong). I had no issue with this, because I felt I knew the characters well enough to be diving between them.

I did feel that the ending was a bit anticlimactic. Em and Cas' problems seemed to be dealt with very easily, with there being few losses. I've come to expect even in YA for there to be some named character deaths in such a high stakes series ending battle, but instead it was a pretty easy match up where the protagonists basically walked through the battle unscathed.

Overall, Allied was a relatively satisfying conclusion to the Ruined series. I would recommend this series to fans of high fantasy novels with morally ambiguous characters.

Overall: 8/10
Plot: 4/5
Romance: 3.5/5
Writing: 4/5
World Building: 3/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Cover: 1/5
Profile Image for sam.
388 reviews599 followers
May 7, 2018
I didn't enjoy this as much as I would have liked and I had certain expectations for this book that weren't met- hence the rating. This book was really easy to get into and I highly recommend y'all read this series if you need something to binge read or break your book slump (like I did). I didn't love the characters of this book as much as I did in the other two and the plot in this book did feel quite slow compared to the first two books. I liked the romances in this book and Em's growth as a character as she grew to be the leader her people so desperately need. Overall I gave it a 3.25⭐.
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1,209 reviews189 followers
May 25, 2018
I have had a hell of a time writing about this trilogy. I’m forcing myself to sit down and plunk something out right now because when I find books that I love like I love these, I want to shout them from the rooftops. For some reason, in this case anything beyond nonverbal flailing has been a major challenge for me. I actually read the first two books back at the end of last year and couldn’t find the words to express my love then either. But now that the final book has been released, I’m not going to let the chance to tout them pass me by.

Maybe my writer’s block has something to do with the fact that on paper, there’s not much to set the Ruined trilogy apart from the eleventy billion other YA fantasies out there. You’ve got your standard warring kingdoms, star-crossed lovers, and bloodthirsty rulers. I think the difference is how the characters develop and how they continuously subvert stereotypes and expectations.

The first book opens with Emelina, the would-be queen of the Ruined, assassinating a rival princess in order to take her place and marry her mortal enemy, thus infiltrating the Leran kingdom that killed her parents and holds her sister captive. Cas, the guy she’s now supposed to marry, is a wide-eyed innocent princeling who hasn’t ever given much thought to the genocidal machinations of his father, the king. Em’s plan is to bide her time until she can dispatch the royal family and rescue her sister, but once she and Cas get to know each other, knocking him off doesn’t seem like such an easy proposition anymore. Of course, their cautiously budding relationship doesn’t change the fact that the Ruined, a people gifted with magical abilities, have been subjugated, tortured, and killed by Cas’s people for years, or that the Ruined have used their magic to do all of those same things to humans. One teenage fling is not going to repair the damage these warring factions have wrought on each other.

Emelina is utterly ruthless in the beginning, constantly assessing her surroundings and mentally noting objects that could be used as weapons. I think at one point she considers strangling her fiancé with the drapes? But as much as I was amused by her character then, she grows and changes so much by the end of the trilogy that I loved the mature, measured version of her even more.

Cas is always sweet, Em’s perfect romantic foil in every way. Even with all the feministy, rah-rah girl power YA out there these days, rarely is the male lead allowed to be the soft one. And I don’t mean soft in a bad way. As Emelina says, he’s “kind, thoughtful, and reasonable.” He’s a lover, not a fighter. His instinct is to resolve conflict rather than stir it up. He trusts Em immediately even though he shouldn’t. He’s the kind of person whose openness and trusting nature could be horribly exploited (and at times, they are), but he maintains this element of sweetness and innocence through to the last page.

Despite Em and Cas’s fabulous chemistry, the momentum of the book doesn’t depend just on their interactions. There is a great supporting cast that, because this is a trilogy, is given space to develop into fully realized characters in their own right. I was invested in all of them.

Basically, the Ruined trilogy is just a dang good yarn. I was sucked in from the beginning and enjoyed every minute.

More book recommendations by me at www.readingwithhippos.com
Profile Image for QHuong(BookSpy).
725 reviews508 followers
January 28, 2019
I kind of a bit disappointed by this conclusion. I was not completely satisfied with the way this story ended. It still had some action, but I no longer felt the suspense building up like in the first two books in the trilogy. Somehow, Em, the main female character whose determination and decisiveness and intelligence I admired so much, was lacking and became weakened by her love for Cas. What she thought most of the book was just about Cas and how passionate they turned out when they were together. It was a struggle when I had to wade through these savvy cheesy romance scenes, which nearly destroyed the politics of the story.

Again, Cas seemed stronger but I was unable to like him. He was careless, and like Em, was too focused on the romance and I hardly saw his capacity as a leader. I just felt contempt for him, and was disappointed so much at the way Em behaved after she decided to be with Cas. It just de-energized the story and I just flipped through those final pages to see how the book ended. The final battle was lacking of vitality and brutality that it needed to increase the suspense and the thrill. Besides, there was this point of view from Iria that was totally unnecessary. I couldn't fathom why the author wanted to add Iria's perspective to the story when it didn't serve any function. Remove that part and the story stayed the same.

Overall, this was just a disappointing conclusion of this trilogy.
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2,724 reviews
July 12, 2018
Pretty good ending for the series.
The thing I really like about these books is that the main hero has no special abilities in a race where they all have powers. Usually, the books are about a regular girl who discovers that she can do something crazy and is special. Em is special, because she doesn't have powers. She doesn't rely on them and has worked hard to develop other skills. She's smart and cunning and cares for her people. That's why she and Cas are a good match. They both had some hard choices to make, but kept giving people chances to do the right thing. The supporting cast is a lot of fun as well, especially Galo and Aren. Their friendship was my favorite part of this book. They both grew and learned and succeeded with the others' help. The ending wrapped up nicely with no real loose ends. The author paced well and knew when to end the series.
Profile Image for mith.
756 reviews265 followers
May 25, 2018
a satisfying ending! i wasn't the biggest fan of this series in the beginning, but i think it's come a long way. not to mention, it's got some pretty great characters—i think em and cas are one of the most satisfying couples i've read!

my only complaint is that, while this book did have its moments, i just... never really felt the voice behind any of the characters. they all felt oddly flat?

anyway! i liked it! 4 stars.
Profile Image for Wing (bibliomeds).
163 reviews103 followers
June 16, 2018
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending me a review copy of Allied by Amy Tintera - which is one of my most anticipated release of 2018 and also the conclusion of a trilogy! All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.

This review contains spoilers for book 1 (Ruined)and book 2(Avenged) - you have been warned!

Where do I even begin with this review? After everything that happened at the end of Avenged, I didn't even know how things will go in the aftermath yours truly was a mess after book 2 ok. So it was AWESOME to see Tintera seamlessly transitioned the ending of book 2 to book 3 (with a bang) while also maintaining that unique momentum that carried the last few chapters in book 2. I probably should have done a brief flip-through of the last bit of Avenged before I started Allied but with me being me, of course I didn't :) - but I turned out fine(?), but I kinda do encourage you to do so (or just google the summary or something) if you read book 2 over a year ago like me, so you won't be seeing this kid character in the book and be like, "wAit a seCOnD, wHo eVEn aRE yOu?"

From time to time, I did wish for the plot to move a tiny bit quicker, but then again, I didn't mind at all. Because I love Tintera's style - it's captivating, it's aptly paced, it's succinct. This book has a distinct taste compared to the other two, but you'll have to read it to get what I mean, since no one likes spoilery things, and it's kinda hard to explain and I'm lazy.

As for the writing: it's fresh, it's appropriate for the YA genre, it's very descriptive without the pointless fluff, it's witty and fun - so it ticks all the boxes for me. And this book has multiple POVs *screams*!!!!!! This novel involves quite a bit of dialogues, which I really appreciated I read a book one month back with the MC talking to themselves 24/7 FYI I did NOT sign up for that and oh daMn - so really, it's a hit or miss for different types of readers.

There's heaps of plotting, cute moments, spying, fights, negotiations on certain things between certain parties. I'M TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE CAST and how the plot unfolded in general! Did I mention the dry sarcasm? Bless you Cas my child I breathe for that shit. AND THANK YOU AMY!

It was impossible not to love Em, Cas, Aren, Galo, Iria and Co. The friendships, the romance and character development linked with one another really well and I thought this was worth mentioning - BECAUSE OH MAN THE SHIPS HAD ME SWOONING OKAY. I am hoping for a novella aye, who else is with me?

The only reason this is not a full 5 stars is because I wish there was a bit 'more' for the ending - not that it wasn't good - it was really good! I really really enjoyed it, it was super satisfying, so don't get me wrong - I just think that there should have been a bit more that went on(?).

This fantasy series is kick-ass good, it was so easy to read and had me flipping through the 400ish pages (times 3) in no time, highly recommend!!!!!

4.5 stars.

Wings out.
Profile Image for Brenda Waworga.
606 reviews679 followers
August 24, 2018
This is such a quick read book, theres something about Amy Tintera’s writing style that make me so easy to read her books

I love the main characters grow so much on this book… Emilina become softer and caring while Cas became tougher and smarter! LOVE IT! Plus I dig the romance between them so much!! yaaaay for my ship is finally sailing :D they are such a cute couple

The story was a bit boring with all the plot and strategy plans and traveling back and forth just for freaking sake to talk (I wish theres handphone technology on this story cause it was kinda frustrating lol) I also think this series is more simple than others YA Fantasy book, I love it because we can truly immerse into the worldbuilding and understand the characters… lately some YA Fantasy books tried too much to add so many dramas and actions and magics without caring much about worldbuilding and characters.. I prefer fantasy books with balance portions of all the aspects

Overall I think this is a great conclusion of the trilogy! Ill miss Cas and Em and Aren

3.8 STARS actual rate but rounded it to 4 Stars here
Profile Image for Alma.
120 reviews8 followers
July 8, 2021
• We're not the ones who live, Em. We're the ones who fight alone, so others can live better. •


• Llega un momento en el que tenemos que aceptar que las personas toman sus propias decisiones y no somos responsables de esas decisiones, incluso si son nuestra familia. •


Todo iba bien, hasta que me dieron ese final simple y sin emociones, esperaba más… necesitaba un epílogo🥺
Btw amo lo tiernos que son Em y Cas💕
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182 reviews6 followers
August 25, 2023
Verlag: Harper Collins
Erschienen: 01.03.2019
Seitenzahl: 352
Preis: 16€ (Print), 12,99€ (eBook)
Genre: Highfantasy, Jugendbuch
Teil: 3/3

Achtung! Es handelt sich um einen dritten Teil der Spoiler für die ersten enthält!

Lera soll fallen! Immer grausamer verfolgt Olivia ihr Ziel, die Truppen von Ruina zum Triumph zu führen. Doch ihre Schwester Emelina steht auf der Seite ihres geliebten Cas, des Königs von Lera. Und nicht nur sie weigert sich, Olivia blind auf dem blutigen Pfad der Vergeltung zu folgen. Auch das Volk ist gespalten, und eine kleine Gruppe Abtrünniger schließt sich Emelina an. Bald stehen sich die beiden Schwestern in feindlichen Lagern gegenüber – in einem Kampf, den nur eine gewinnen kann und der das Schicksal der vier Königreiche besiegeln wird … 

Über die Autorin:
Nach ihrem Abschluss in Filmwissenschaft am renommierten Emerson College in Boston zog Amy Tintera nach Los Angeles, um in der Filmindustrie zu arbeiten. Doch das Schreiben von Drehbüchern fand sie lange nicht so spannend wie das Verfassen von Jugendromanen. Wenn sie nicht schreibt oder liest, verbringt sie Zeit mit ihrem Verlobten und macht Yoga oder Fitness.
Quelle: Amazon

Ich war ab dem ersten Buch Feuer und Flamme für die Geschichte und nach dem bösen Ende des zweiten Teils war ich nun super gespannt wie's weitergeht.
Der Schreibstil der Autorin war super flüssig, sehr bildlich und gut zu lesen. Ich war ab der ersten Seite sofort wieder in der Geschichte drin und konnte es kaum erwarten diese zu lesen. Die Story wird in der Erzähler-Perspektive erzählt, so bekommen wir alles perfekt mit. Gerade die Gedankengänge und Handlungen aller Protagonisten sind super geschildert. Die Charaktere haben mir wieder sehr gut gefallen. Es haben alle Charaktere eine sehr gute Wendung gemacht. Die Liebesgeschichte war auch hier wieder sehr toll. Ich habe das Buch an einem Abend gelesen und fand wieder großartig. Der dritte Teil schließt genau an den Cliffhanger von Band 2 an und es geht sofort super spannend weiter. Em war eine richtig tolle Protagonistin. Seit Band eins mochte ich sie schon total und habe immer mit ihr sehr mitgefiebert Cas war auch ein richtig, richtig toller Protagonist. Beide waren sehr sympathisch, die Liebesgeschichte total authentisch und auch ein wenig dramatisch. Das Buch strotzte wieder nur so vor Plot Twists, mit denen ich nie so gerechnet hätte. Die Autorin hat es auch wieder hier geschafft, das Buch zu etwas total besonderem zu machen. Meiner Meinung nach, kann man es mit keinem andern Buch vergleichen, und sollte man auch nicht. Ich habe schon öfter gehört, dass das Buch mit "Das Reich der Sieben Höfe" verglichen wurde, aber es passt eigentlich gar nicht. Hier ist ein ganz anderer Fantasy Aspekt und auch die Liebesgeschichte ist komplett anders. Deshalb sollte man die beiden Bücher auf keinen Fall vergleichen.
Was ich ein bisschen schade fand ist, dass es in keinem der Bücher eine Karte gab, das wäre sehr hilfreich gewesen sich noch besser zurechtfinden.
Mir hat die Geschichte richtig gut gefallen, auch das Ende war sehr passend. Ich möchte gar nicht weiter auf den Inhalt eingehen, da es zu viel Spoilern würde. Mir hat auch dieser Teil super gut gefallen, es war ein sehr, sehr schöner Abschluss den ich mir nicht anders gewünscht hätte. Für mich war's eine unglaublich tolle Reihe die auf jeden Fall mehr gehypt werden sollte. Von mir bekommt das Buch 5 Sterne, sowie eine klare Leseempfehlung.
*Vielen Dank an Harper Collins Verlag für die Zusendung des Rezensionsexemplars!*

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327 reviews134 followers
June 25, 2018
I loved this book and series! The ending was very satisfying but I'm sad it's over :(

I wish Amy would write a couple novella's about some characters, for example: Galo & Mateo, Aren & Iria or maybe about a young Cas!

I definitely recommend this series in case of book slumps!! :D
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655 reviews280 followers
September 27, 2018
This was a good ending to the series, although I expected more drama at the end. Overall, this was a great trilogy, and I will forever love King Cas. I adore how intriguing this series was, along with its political complexity.
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635 reviews84 followers
May 8, 2018
Allied was good. It didn't meet the exceptional standard set by book 1 and 2 but it was good
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