Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: High Fantasy – New Adult
Publication Date: April 10th 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
I swear this will be a spoiler free review. I will likely do a spoiler review later on.
I’m not crying! You’re crying! Yes, I needed lots of tissue for this read. My heart broke a few dozen times. I don’t know how I’m going to move on to another high fantasy after this read. Maas has ruined me!
A Court of Wings and Ruin was everything I had hoped and more. This novel focuses much heavier on preparing for war than A Court of Mist and Fury did. It still had lots of romance but it wasn’t as exciting or epic as in the second book. They were a little more busy this time with life threatening matters.
Feyre and Rhys are still as hot as ever in this book and I could read about these two doing literally nothing all day long. I’m complete trash for them. Their story in this book still made them as endearing a couple as ever. These two might be one of my all-time favorite romantic couples in fantasy reading. That says a lot because there are tons of great ones out there.
The one thing I will give Maas is that her character development is always on-point. This is a large cast of characters that you are introduced to over the course of three novels. Maybe not Game of Thrones big but still an impressive number of people. Maas made each and every character so unique that I had no problem remembering who they were or which court they came from. Normally I would be lost and have to read something a few times before I had all their names down. I had no issues remembering Helion, Tarquin, Greyson, Eris, Keir, etc. They all had enough of a role that I was interested in them. I’m actually hoping for a novella on Tarquin, Helion and Eris. I think they have a big story of their own to tell.
The book is massive – coming in at almost 700 pages. That is pretty much double your average YA novel. It might be intimidating but it’s well worth just diving into. It’s a bit of a slow burn but if you’re anything like me then you will be too busy fangirling most of the time to ever get bored.
The rest of the gang is all there, of course. Cass, Mor, Armen and Az and now including Nesta and Elain and possibly another person – you have to read it to find out who! Nesta really comes into her own in his one and has very fast become one of the big players of the story and one of my personal favorites. Elain also became much more than the one-dimensional sweet, innocent character we met in the first novel. Her relationship with a certain someone was so sweet. I want more.
The creatures all come out to play in this one as well. The Carver, The Suriel and The Weaver make appearances, as well as a new very dark and scary creature. I feel like the creatures that Maas creates in these books don’t get enough love. I always wanted more of all of these characters – they are fantastically scary.
The battle is worth it and you will need tissues. I cried so much for about 150 pages in this book! I cried when something sad happened and I ever cried from happiness when certain events took place on the battlefield. It’s very rare that I cry over excitement and happiness in a book but I was the biggest baby with this book. THE FEELS ARE REAL PEOPLE!
This part of the story is basically over – Feyre and Rhys part anyway. We are getting three more novels that will feature other characters and two novella sets. It hasn’t been announced who the characters will be though. I can’t decide who I want most because I could honestly read about any. I would certainly like a Nesta and Lucien book – those are the ones I’m most interested in.
Oh, I still hate Tamlin mostly but Lucien is still my boy!
I’m staying very vague about most of this stuff because it’s much more exciting to read this without any real spoilers. If you love Rhys and Feyre than read this. Epic ending to an epic story.