A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
It’s. Finally. Here. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. One of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, especially for me! And though I finished reading this book a couple of weeks ago, I needed a little bit of time to process my thoughts before giving this book a proper review. If you are unfamiliar with the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, check out my spoiler-free reviews of A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury.
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Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: NA, Fantasy
Published: May 2nd, 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
I guess I should have realized this in A Court of Mist and Fury, but it really became evident to me in this third and final installment how (I hate to say “nonessential”) but how nonessential the plot is to these stories. AT LEAST TO ME. Let me just start there.
So, there is a plot. It has to do with the King of Hybern, and the struggle of faerie power versus the poor humans below the wall and such. It’s good faeries versus bad ones. Because humans need to be protected and all that.
But the story isn’t really about that plot, I don’t think. There needs to be action, and villains, and a goal that the main characters are working towards.
To me, this series is more about the characters and their relationships to each other. Which, yes, is at the core of conflict and therefore plot. But I honestly think less people read this series to learn what will happen to the King of Hybern and the wall, etc., and more to learn about what will happen with these characters we love so much.
In sum, the plot was fine. But it wasn’t what mattered to me, and it wasn’t what really took up the majority of this series for me.
I adore the characters in these books, but not unconditionally so. They frustrate me at times, which is fine because that means that they feel real to me (and we don’t love every person we meet irl).
I was glad that we got to see more of Feyre’s sisters. We only knew snippets about them from the first couple of books, and I was glad that this book spent a fair amount of time exploring what happened to them after the cauldron.
We see more Tamlin in this book. And it was exactly what I needed. Without being spoiler-y, I’m very very happy with the way his character arc progressed in this book. But I will admit that it left me wanting more. He was probably the character with the most growth in this book, aside from Lucien – who I also loved. It felt like the other characters kind of had their growth arcs in ACOMAF, and so they didn’t change very much in this book.
There was a fair amount of action throughout the story which always helps with the pacing. But when SJM takes her time with writing, I never really mind. She is really good about hiding hints and clues into plain lines of text and her interesting details and descriptions keep me interested through the slow parts.
I had issues with the ending of this book, I will be honest. But despite that, I think it was the ending that this series deserved – even if it wasn’t the ending it needed to me.
I give A Court of Wings and Ruin 5/5 stars.
Let’s talk about it
Have you read the concluding book for the ACOTAR series? What were your thoughts? I would love to know how you feel about Tamlin and Lucien, about Mor and what was revealed about her character. What about the ending? Did you feel like it was appropriate? Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!