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.
Both Jenny O’ and I agree, A Court of Wings and Ruin was amazing and everyone needs to read this series ASAP! It is a massive read, sitting precisely at 699 pages, and both of us would have happily read more simply because we are obsessed with this world and the characters! If you are emotionally invested in the ACOTAR series or a fan of Maas’ writing, you will be pleased. A Court of Wings and Ruin is wonderful and a strong conclusion to Feyre’s story.
The scope of A Court of Wings and Ruin is massive! The entire book builds to the final battle – there is a ton of action and it is all happening in multiple places with a record breaking number of characters, both old and new. Spending little time at the Night Court, Maas jumps between the other courts of Prythian and the battlefield. We even learn a bit about the world beyond Prythian, leaving me to hope that Maas’ future ACOTAR novels will include more creatures like Amren, the Bone Carver, and the Weaver of the Wood!
Once again, the best part of A Court of Wings and Ruin is still the characters. Feyre, as our heroine, has come so far! She is brave, complex, and full of dreams, flaws, and failings. Feyre’s relationship with Rhysand remains enchantingly beautiful and complex. But what Maas does the best in this final book (and the trilogy as a whole) is she spends just as much time developing her secondary characters as she does her main ones; in A Court of Wings and Ruin, we spend more time with Feyre and Rhysand’s inner circle, watching Azriel, Cassian, Mor, and Amren face their own emotional arcs. The addition of Feyre’s sisters, Nesta and Elain, added another layer of complexity to the story as well as several new romantic entanglements to obsess over.
The ending is explosive! So much happens! The revelation that more books are coming, even if they are spinoffs/side-stories, is so relieving just because it means we do not have to say goodbye to this world or the characters. The ending of A Court of Wings and Ruin was great, do not get me wrong; it feels complete and the place where we leave most of our major characters feels satisfying. However, there are a handful of dangling plot threads about various characters and romantic relationships that are not explicitly tied up in a neat bow and I am totally invested in learning what happens next in their lives.
I loved this book and this whole series! It was simply enchanting.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Jenny O’s Thoughts:
This was a very satisfying conclusion to the story arc Maas began in A Court of Thorns and Roses and an all-around great read. I couldn’t put it down!
Maas’s past struggle with pacing is not in evidence in this novel; the action of this book started from the first few chapters and carried us all the way through to the end. In addition, the writing is even better than the previous installment, and the plot was intricate and surprising.
Feyre has really reached her maturity in A Court of Wings and Ruin, and her relationship with Rhys reflects that. She has strength and gumption, making for an inspiring and entertaining lead. Maas is also successful in creating emotional depth between our protagonists and the supporting characters — those moments of interaction and honesty are some of my favorite parts of many scenes. I would love to see the next books of this series further explore those characters and their relationships.
It is always refreshing to have LGBT characters play a significant role in the story, and I think they were handled well in this case. They are a welcome, and much needed, addition to the cast of characters used in most main-stream fiction.
I really enjoyed this book and am already looking forward to future volumes in the ACOTAR world.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 2, 2017)
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fiction, Fairy Tale, Romance, Action & Adventure
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Author: Sarah J. Maas