A Court of Wings and Ruin. Sarah J. Maas. High fantasy/New Adult. 2017. 699 pages. 5 stars. [Source: Physical copy]
“When you erupt, girl, make sure it is felt across worlds.”
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.
First of all, let me start by saying holycrapholycrapholycrap this book was amazing!!! I snagged a copy on the first day of its release and was able to finish it within 24 hours while juggling classes, papers, readings, and many other things. To say that this book was a priority is an understatement. The ACOTAR series is my favorite and if you haven’t read, you can read my reviews of the first and second book before proceeding to read this one!
Let’s start with characters. I have never felt a more family oriented team that’s deadlier than a nuclear bomb. Rhysand, Azriel, and Cassian are by far the best trio I’ve come across in all the books I’ve read. Mor and Amren were able to balance each other off with their vastly different personalities and it was nice to read about dynamic characters spread throughout the entire spectrum! Feyre’s role as High Lady really changed the pace of this book and I loved her character development and how she embraced her role and totally owned it, even as far as putting Rhysand in his place.
The addition and integration of Nesta and Elain to the Fae world was also one of the things I enjoyed reading about as well. Nesta never had a dull moment with her snarky comments and attitude. Elain, resigned for the most part, gives a lot of surprises as the book progressed. They have to discover the powers that the Cauldron gave them and must be able to use them against it to stop Hybern.
And Tamlin. Tamlin, my child.
I hated you for good reason but I can’t help but love you. Tamlin seriously reminded me of Adam from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi (I have reviews of those too!) but of course, Tamlin went above and beyond to change no matter how painstakingly long it took.
While ACOWAR was a book about… well… war, the book does not mostly consist of battle scenes! Just like ACOMAF, we have countless moments spent in the different courts and even the human world. The focus of this book is reuniting humans and Fae to defeat a common enemy–Hybern. It sounds serious, but I promise there are scenes that made me laugh my socks off. There was even a scene where Tamlin, Rhysand, and Feyre fought in the middle of a meeting with other High Lords.
“Twenty gold marks says there’s a fight in the first hour,” Cassian said, still not really looking at Nesta.
“Thirty, and I say within forty-five minutes,” Mor said, crossing her arms.
“You do remember there are vows and wards of neutrality,” Rhys said mildly.
“You lot don’t need fists or magic to fight,” Mor chirped.
Azriel said from the door, “Fifty, and I say within thirty minutes. Started by Autumn.”
Rhys rolled his eyes. “Try not to look like you’re all gambling on them. And no cheating by provoking fights.” Their answering grins were anything but reassuring. Rhys sighed. “A hundred marks on a fight within fifteen minutes.”
All comments aside, this book really was glorious from start to finish. I have more to say but I feel like no words are sufficient to let me express how much I love this book and this entire ACOTAR series. Also, I had no idea that this was the LAST book following Feyre’s storyline up until I finished the damn book. I thought all six books would revolve around her and I legit cried when I found out it would be the end of Feysand, because as nicely as it concluded, it did leave a fews ends unresolved (ahem Nesta and Cassisan???? Elain and Lucien??? ELAIN AND AZRIEL????? MOR AND AZRIEL??? MOR????????????? T A M L I N?!?!?!?!?!?!)
I am really hoping that the next 3 books will be able to address those loose ends. Here’s to the people who look at the stars and wish, and to the stars who listen and dreams that are answered.
Bonus: another favorite line during the meeting of the High Lords
“If you hadn’t stolen my bride away in the night, Rhysand, I would not have been forced to take such drastic measures to get her back.”
I said quietly, “The sun was shining when I left you.”