Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Release: 2nd May 2017
Pages: 699

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.

My Thoughts

So. Many. Feelings. This was basically me through multiple points of the book:
I always get really nervous when a book series that I love so much is coming to an end. Mostly because I wonder how can you close off a series with such a wonderful and full world with so many storylines in a way that will do a story like this justice. With a story as intense and emotional as this one a HEA for all wouldn’t work. A picture perfect ending where all is right with the world and no one dies and everyone is perfect and happy and healed. It just won’t work for this. But then at the same time some part of you wants exactly that because you love these characters and  you want nothing bad to happen to them. Its frustrating. And terrifying.

When we last left Feyre and the gang they had just been betrayed by Tamlin and Lucien who had turned over Feyre’s sisters to the King of Hybern in return for them helping to free Feyre. (Who they mistakenly believed to be be-spelled by Rhys) Because they are idiots and Tamlin couldn’t possibly believe that she doesn’t want him and chose Rhys instead. The big bitch.
Anywho the King of Hybern turned her human sisters into Fae and now Feyre’s all revenge-y. Returning to the Spring Court with them pretending to be ‘cured’ of whatever pretend hold they thought Rhys had over her, Feyre is going to get her revenge by bringing down Tamlin’s court from the inside. And boy does she wreak havoc. *Insert evil cackle*
Okay, so much happens in this book and there is no possible way to review this book thoroughly without given anything away so I am just going to highlight some of the bits I liked the most about this book hopefully without giving anything away.

Clearly Feyre and her Night Court Fam are reunited and much happiness ensues. Also, a bit of anger and much resentment and sadness between her and her siblings. The biggest storyline however, is War. The King of Hybern intends to tear down the wall and destroy their worlds and they will do anything they can to stop him.
Each of these characters has been through so much and each of them have a unique perspective and strength to bring to the story. Rhys, Mor, Amren, Tamlin, Cassian and Azriel are no strangers to war and Feyre went through some tough things Under the Mountain but seeing the battle, how each of them dealt with the fighting, how it affected each of them differently shows the true horrors of war without glorifying the killing or making it into something other than it was: horrifying. There is a scene, a battle that goes on for a fews hours at most and at the end many are dead and Feyre is in shock by all he death around her and the others are affected in their own ways and it is dark and horrifying and then Feyre reminds us that a the last war they fought lasted seven years and she couldn’t imagine doing what she had just done for that length of time. It’s the first time you really sympathise and understand what it was that Mor and the others went through to protect their home and the humans they cared of all those years ago. And that they might have to do it again.

“But for my home, for Prythian and the human territory and so many others … I would clean my blades, and wash the blood from my skin. And I would do it again and again and again.”

There are a lot of smaller storylines through this book as there were with the others. Lucien is a big one. His relationship with Elain and the betrayal he had a hand in that took her human life from her plays the biggest part in Lucien role in this story. He really comes to realise what it is he did, who it is he betrayed and that everything he thought of Rhys and his Court is wrong. And it throws him completely, shaking the foundation of his life and everything he thought he knew of the world he lives in.

“You are a better friend to me, Feyre,” he said quietly, “than I ever was to you.”

The relationship between Feyre and her sisters has always bothered me and I imagine many others. She is the youngest but has always been the one taking care of the two of them and they have always been unfeeling and often cruel towards her even after all she has done for them. I honestly just wanted to slap Nesta most of the time and shake Elain. But in this book it begins to change, especially with Nesta. You being to see that underneath that cold, unfeeling facade, there is a damaged woman under there. Throughout all the trials in this story and all Feyre goes through to protect her new home, you see Nesta open up, you see the worry and the love she has for the sister who always protected her. And that has been what I was waiting for. It still could have come sooner though . . .

“I didn’t know how long my sisters and I lay there together, just like we had once shared that carved bed in that dilapidated cottage. Then—back then, we had kicked and twisted and fought for any bit of space, any breathing room. But that morning, as the sun rose over the world, we held tight. And did not let go.”

We get a little more about Amern and her admirer from the Autumn Court, Mor and her ever complicated love life has some serious revelations and Nesta and Cassian . . . well there is a whole lot of tension there and well, it wouldn’t be Maas story without a romance that finally works out, right? But this series is more then just a romance. Throughout this book, although a book that is ending a series, Maas somehow managed to expand the world to include more places, more people, more magic, more wonder. She made it bigger at the same time as bringing it to a close without making it feel like anything was left unsaid, unanswered.
The best part of this book for me however was every other character that I have been curious about through the series – The Weaver, The Bone Carver, Amren and even the new creepy guys we get to meet in this book. They are all secondary to the characters we have come to know and love throughout this series but for me they were the most interesting part. I was fascinated by them. I want to know everything about them. Where did they come from? Why are they here? I didn’t get all the answers I was seeking but I still enjoyed seeing more of these curious creatures.

And there was one other character that I was happy to see included once again – Feyre’s father. He has been absent from the first book save for the occasional mentioned here and there and seeing as this book is ending the series, I was hoping that Maas would include him somewhere. And include him she did. He saved the day. He got to be a hero in the eyes of the eyes of his daughters and most importantly, in Nesta’s eyes. The daughter who judged him the most harshly and who still loved him despite all her anger. It was really wonderful that he got to redeem himself. And really emotional – have tissues handy.

“He calls himself the Prince of Merchants… He told me that he’s got three daughters who live here. And that he failed them for many years. But he would not fail them this time.”

Overall I think that this was a wonderful ending to a fantastic series. I know a lot people had issues with bits here and there but you cannot do anything these day without offending someone – so fuck it. It takes a lot to get me enraptured in a series and Maas has done it with everything she has ever written. A Court of Wings and Ruin was emotional, intense, fantastical, full of action and drama and a whole lot of magic. It was amazing. You should read it. 

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