REVIEW: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

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.

Amren’s red lips parted in a wide, serpentine smile. “When you erupt, girl, make sure it is felt across worlds”. 

I was looking forward to this book so much after finishing ACOMAF. I pre-ordered the paperback edition so it would arrive on release day whilst I wait for my Indigo exclusive edition to be delivered from Canada (it has fan art on the end pages!). I loved ACOMAF so much that I knew ACOWAR probably couldn’t live up to it. But it so nearly did! Sarah J. Maas concluded Feyre and Rhysand’s story in a way that should satisfy most readers. I loved seeing how much of a unit they’ve become. Theirs is a pretty perfect relationship based on mutual love and trust, and Rhysand is definitely one of the best book boyfriends.

“It’s all part of the game, Feyre darling. Who to trust, when to trust them – what information to barter.”

I particularly enjoyed the character development of Nesta in this book, and I really hope her story is continued in the upcoming books (especially her relationship with Cassian). I did get a bit frustrated with the love rectangle between Nesta, Mor, Cassian, and Azriel. However, it seems that the way has been paved for this to be sorted out soon. I’m a bit concerned that this will now involve a love triangle between Lucien, Elain and Azriel though. I’m glad Elain showed some spine at the end because she was a pretty pathetic character until then. I also found the revelation about the Archeron sister’s father to be a bit implausible. It seemed to come out of nowhere.

“It wasn’t only the cost of life that ripped and devastated and sundered. It was the altering of a soul with it – the realization that I could perhaps go back home to Velaris, perhaps see peace achieved and cities rebuilt … but this battle, this war … would be the thing forever changed.”

One thing I love about these books is the setting. Prythian is an absolutely beautiful example of world-building and it was wonderful to visit some of the other courts, however briefly. There’s another book due to be released in 2018 and I hope it ties up some of the loose ends regarding the characters apart from Feyre and Rhysand. There wasn’t really any closure for Elain, Lucien, Nesta, Cassian, Azriel, Mor, and Tamlin, so I hope this means they’ll feature in the upcoming books. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed ACOWAR and it gets 5 stars simply because I adore the characters Sarah has created so much that I’m willing to overlook the few niggles I have.

This is a satisfying conclusion to Feyre and Rhysand’s story and I would definitely recommend this series as one of my favourite YA fantasy.

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About the Author

 SARAH J. MAAS is the New York Timesbestselling author of the Throne of Glass series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade; and the Court of Thorns and Roses series: A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. 

 

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