Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J Maas
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 705
Release Date: May 2, 2017
A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.
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.Oh my stars above I’m not sure how I to even begin with expressing my overwhelming emotions right now! Before I get started there will be labeled spoilers in the review below so feel free to skip those if you wish.
Firstly readers should also be aware that this book has some steamy scenes that will make you feel like you are sauna beside an Illyrian equipped with an “impressive wingspan”. Your welcome for that imagery. *wink wink* If you’re not into that then you can easily skip over those pages. And there were also a few situations that may trigger some readers. So please be aware of this before going into the book!
Overall though I can’t deny that this book’s plot was EPIC. AND I MEAN EPIC. Maas digs deeper into her characters and gives them a bit more of a connection to readers. On top of that there was so much more diversity! A few critics thought there was too much diversity, but I found no fault with exploring more characters from different courts! There are gay couples, a High Lord that seems to be pansexual or at the very least bisexual. (And wow his character is one of my new favorites! I really enjoyed his page time and I’m glad Maas included him.)
Another point that I enjoyed was how Feyre, Rhysand and the others reacted together. Their dynamics are complicated and easily relatable in some way. It feels as though a piece of those characters are in tune with our own insecurities. We see how Nesta and Elain cope in different methods of being turned fae. Then there is the tangled web of how one character ties to another and how it can deeply affect the storyline down the road. I’m all about that character interaction/relationships!
Of course this book is also about Hybern’s war and Maas delivered with how she wrote the physically intense scenes. The training sessions and battles were amazing! I was on the edge of my seat reading each enemy encounter and occasionally shrieking in fear when I thought things were about to take a turn for the worse for our heroes. THEN THE FINAL BATTLE HAPPENED. I. Just. Can’t. Too many emotions are still wrapped up in those chapters!
And don’t worry if you haven’t cried up to the point when the final battle is taking place. It will happen. Trust me.
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Here is a list of my absolute favorite topics that had me soaring through the clouds in sheer joy!
● Lucien, Lord of Foxes and thief of my heart
● #FriendshipGoals when Feyre and Lucien send a Bogge after the twins
● Cassian with his “superhero” entrance
● Feyre’s reunion with Rhysand
● NESTA AND CASSIAN
● Flying lessons with Azriel
● Meeting all the High Lords
● Character backstories
● Viviane and Kallias. (My armada of ships has expanded.)
● The Suriel, Bone Carver, Weaver and Bryaxis
● Cassian in “Commander” mode
● Nesta saving Cassian
● “Don’t you touch my sister.”
● The overall character development!
There are just so many aspects that were incredible! By the final page there are still loose ends, but considering we have 3 spin-off books and 2 novellas on the way I think it’s safe to assume that most of this will be resolved. I’m greatly looking forward to a Nesta and Cassian book hunting down the Queens. Also I need a Lucien book. Please. And finally I want to know what is going on between Azriel, Elain and Lucien. I love all three of these characters and all I want is for them to be happy.
And I am completely agreeable to a spin-off about Viviane and Kallias or even a Helion backstory with Lucien’s mom (who is still unnamed which irks me). Perhaps even a Miryam and Drakon book with Jurian could be in the works! Either way I am looking forward to what the future has in store for these characters!
Considering how much mythology and fairytales were wrapped into this series I am curious to see which ones we will see next! I’ve heard ideas about the Snow Queen and Swan Lake becoming influences for spin-offs. If you have any thoughts about the future books be sure to comment them below! I love talking about plot theories AND where a character’s journey will lead.
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Obviously each book has its flaws. ACOWAR most assuredly had its fair share, but I am still applauding Maas for listening to her fans about including more diversity and writing a story that delved deeper into Prythian and it’s characters.
Am I disappointed by the large amount of redemption arcs and surprising information about characters that seemingly came out of nowhere from the previous books? Yes, but as I weigh in the whole book for review ACOWAR deals with many issues up front. And for that I am extremely happy since not many authors can deliver on writing emotional topics that can touch the hearts of many.
I think Mor’s reveal is perhaps one of the most debated in this situation. I admire Morrigan and her strength. Should she have told everyone about her secret? Some may think so, but looking back you can’t force someone to talk about their feelings if they are not ready. And yes I feel sorry for Azriel, but both he and Mor are wonderful characters in their own individual rights. They should choose who they are happy with. Not be forced into a relationship that would be unhealthy in the long run if one didn’t love the other.
In the end authors can always improve on their writing. They are humans so we can’t fault them for not creating a “perfectly” written book.
But as readers we should be open and understanding. Point out things that need to be called out and support the positive aspects as well. The ACOTAR series has made readers look more closely into problematic relationships. Maas has also shown us through the Court of Dreams how friendships can be forged and last through the most troubling of situations. We see Feyre recover from a traumatic experience along with other characters who dealt with abuse in varying ways.
And so to quote Maas herself, I must conclude by describing my overall thoughts on this book and series through the good and the bad with all it’s flaws and perfections:
All of it.”
That is what this series means to me. And I hope in some way it can create a positive affect in your life as well.
What did you think of A Court of Wings and Ruin? What do you think will happen next in the ACOTAR series? I personally can’t wait for a Nesta and Cassian book to be in my hands!