Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thornes And Roses
Date Published: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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 manoeuvrings 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.
I absolutely devoured ACOWAR and immediately grabbed the next in the series, needing to know how the story would conclude.
This is the longest book in the series and fortunately, I found the pacing to be exactly right. At this point I now understand that Maas’s style of writing is more descriptive and slower than your standard book, however, this adds so much more depth to the characters and the world. So, when I started, I wasn’t at all intimidated at the 700 pages that lay before me, but rather, I was overjoyed that I had so much time left with the characters. I felt the book flowed with the same style and pace as in the previous books and with so much storyline to cover it was too slow or lacking action.
Whilst several battles and the ultimate end battle with Hybern were a big part of the story, a lot of the book wasn’t focussed on this but rather showed the lead up to these battles, including some very interesting scenes with all of the High Lords. This wasn’t simply a book about their inevitable war with Hybern but showed how this affects the characters and what they have to go to have a chance at survival. Lots of characters made a reappearance in this book and all of the groundwork layer about in A Court of Mist and Fury really came to fruition in this book. Feyre’s character growth is really made clear by just how differently she acts when faced with similar situations. Her decision to return to the Spring Court was a decision she made for her family and her people and you can really see how strong she is when compared to her last time at the Spring Court. I loved her actions here as she used all of the skills her true family had taught her; it was also very pleasantly surprised to see Lucian's reactions and his choices.
Having Feyre’s sisters introduced to her new life was an interesting story to watch unfold, however, as neither sister reacted very well these weren’t the most interesting scenes to read. However, Nesta and Cassian’s relationship was enthralling, their fire and intensity was a delight to read and I cannot wait to see this explored and developed in A Court of Silver Flames. Elain and Nesta did get some good character arcs in this book, which is seen by their actions in the final battle – however, not as much as I would have liked. Another wonderful addition to the story was the role their father played and how unexpected his arrival was, it was such a touching moment and my heart ached for them when it happened.
I enjoyed Feyre come into her own in regard to her power and her position, it really felt as though she’d become who she was always meant to be. She and Rhysand were perfectly written and it was delightful to see them as an established couple, who rely on each other for advice and support.
The side characters were still as entertaining as they were in the last book and we got to know even more about them and their history. Cassian was a force of nature in this book and Mor really opened up and shared her truth with Feyre which was beautiful to read. I love all the side characters and Maas writes their stories perfectly – with each of them having their own life with all its challenges is one of my favorite things about these books.
In contrast, Tamlin was still an awful person – I was very passionate in my dislike of him which is always a sign of great writing – however, I hated him slightly less in this book. Some other characters we’d heard about or thought were on the wrong side become more present and revealed some unexpected secrets. This was a great addition to the story, and I loved seeing it all come together, the history we’ve learned about as well as the stories we’ve watched unfold.
This book was a gripping end to the story, and I loved getting to know and meet a greater set of characters and watch them come together against Hybern. It wasn’t quite as epic and thrilling as the previous book for me, but it was still an expert conclusion to the story with many aspects that have intricately weaved throughout the book really coming out to play in this installment.
Rating: 4.5 Stars