A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Spoiler-Free Review: 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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Spoiler-Free Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: NA, Fantasy

Published: May 2nd, 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Goodreads description

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.

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My Review


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.

Spoiler-Free Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

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!

6 thoughts on “Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

  1. Hey 🙂 I mostly agree with your review though I still don’t like tamlin and some of the things he said during that meeting were just too much. I get he was pissed and hurt but still… how petty can you be? I felt like there wasn’t enough Lucien in there and not enough of the relationship between him and Elain 🙊 I was hoping he’d be for her what Rhys was to Feyre when she first came to live in the Night Court. I was happy about finally learning what’s actually going on between Mor and Az cause that was never actually discussed in ACOMAF, but I actually lost respect for her. I don’t get why she never actually told Az in 500 years and just kept leading him on for so long. Obviously he doesn’t get you don’t wanna be with him even though you’re sleeping with other people and rubbing it in his face so why not just plain tell him you’re more interested in females. And if you’re so scared about people finding out you’re bi just tell him you’re not in love with him and will never be. That was pretty frustrating to me, hope SJM dedicates one of the novellas or novels to their relationship.

    Caro xx

    1. Yes I definitely understand what you’re saying! Tamlin did say some awful things, but in the end he really helped out Feyre. I hope that we learn he gets over his issues and can find some way to live happily/peacefully. And totally agree about Lucien – I’m convinced one of her spinoffs is going to be about him because there’s so much left unsaid about him and Elain, his travels to the continent, his family with his brother trying to take over rule of the Autumn court, plus the fact that he’s probably the only heir to the Day Court. I think there’s definitely enough there for a whole book about him! And dude yes about Mor – I personally felt like that came out of the blue to me, and while I don’t have a problem with it the whole thing just felt random to me. And yes, definitely agree about losing respect for her. It’s like, just tell him?? Why wouldn’t she? It sucks that she’s literally dragged him on for 500 years.

  2. Hi Katie! I just finished listening to the audio book today and I enjoyed it but found it nowhere near as gripping as ACOMAF, which gave me the biggest book hangover and I basically loved every word. I gave ACOWAR 4 stars, I’m quite happy with the ending but I definitely wanted more about Elain and Lucien, Cassian and Nesta and for Mor to tell Azriel the truth at the very least before THE END. I feel like a lot of time was spent on big battles when we all know what’s amazing about this series is the characters and their relationships. If there’d been less action which I sometimes found superfluous there could have been more character development in my opinion. I’m glad Tamlin somewhat redeemed himself, but he also acted like the biggest jerk ever, so I don’t like him but appreciate the growth. I almost wanted Elain to shun the bond and fall for Azriel – anyone else? It felt like there was a connection there, more so than there was with Lucien. I wasn’t a fan of the Mor explanation, it didn’t seem like a valid reason to lie for 500 years, but then I’m not immortal. I can kind of understand why SJM didn’t want to pair everyone off and just focus on all these ships, it was starting to look too convenient at the end of ACOMAF, but some of her choices didn’t ring true for me. I still loved it though and it’s one of my favourite series, and I feel satisfied with the ending and excited for the spin off series.

    1. Yes I definitely agree, ACOMAF remains my favorite BY FAR. It’s so important in terms of character development, revelations, and yes less time spent on superfluous action (which I felt ACOWAR had lots of). And I agree 10000% about Elain and Az, but I also really like Lucien? It sucks because it seems like Elain would be a great contender for Az to get over Mor finally and they seemed to hit it off SO WELL. But I do like Lucien and I would like to see how their relationship can progress. I’m not really sure what SJM plans to do with all of that. There’s a lot that’s been left off but she’s doing those spinoffs so hopefully she will address these issues.

      1. I hope so, even if it’s the next generation or something, a few flashbacks or stories so we know what went down after acowar would be perfect! I do like Lucien too, but I think it would have been interesting to see someone reject the mating bond and the consequences of that. And lucien could have found someone else… And what about Helion being his father?? No repercussions of that ever came out! I know it was already long but there could have been some explanation. Otherwise I feel like that should have been cut in editing 🤷

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