Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 2nd, 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.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review
The long time overdue review is finally here! I was super excited about ACOWAR simply because I really enjoyed the first two books, A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury and really couldn’t wait to go back to their world.
I’m going to start by saying that A Court of Wings and Ruin is a massive read, which makes it even more exciting because in my mind it means that there are going to be epic things going on in this book. And I was right! This book is gripping and definitely a page-turner. A perfect ending for an epic trilogy.
The ending in ACOMAF made me really excited to dive right back in because the stake is high this time. Feyre had to play the game in order to save the kingdom of Prythian. Returning to the Spring Court, Feyre was determined to gather information from Tamlin.
The beginning of the book to me really set the tone for the rest of book. I was really nervous about Feyre being in the Spring Court. I just want her safe since the last time she was in the Spring Court was not all rainbows and unicorns for her.
Once we were reunited with the Inner Circle, I feel a lot calmer. You can tell how attached I am with these characters and how much I dislike the Spring Court. Also, as the story goes, we got to meet the other high lords from the other courts. The introduction to the other high lords and other courts was also one thing that I’m really looking forward to when I start reading this.
If I were to describe ACOWAR in one sentence it would be ‘a massive and epic story of a group of friends trying to save their world no matter what it takes’. Definitely sounds like your typical fantasy/action stories but the relationship, connections, and interactions between the characters is on another level in this book.
For anyone who’s emotionally invested in Sarah J. Maas books would know that characters are one of the strongest part of in her books. I think we all know how great these characters individually are. But one thing that really stood out for me in this book is the relationship and connection between the characters.
We have definitely seen how much Feyre grew and developed as the heroine in this story. She is a brave and fascinating heroine but she’s not perfect. We saw her flaws and fear all out in this story. Her relationship with Rhysand is not always lovey dovey but that makes it all better.
Also, we got to spend more time with the Inner Circle and I’m in love with their relationship with each other. Having Nesta and Elain with them definitely adds another layer of complexity to the story and the relationship between the Inner Circle, and of course more possible romance to swoon over.
A lot more things are explained and told in this book in regards to their relationship; like why Mor never returns Azriel’s love for her and what’s going on between Cassian and Nesta. I’m actually intrigued to see what’s next for the others.
We also got to see Lucien having larger roles in this book. Despite my hatred for Tamlin, I don’t hate Lucien and I’m glad that we got to see more of him in this book.
Also, the other High Lords and their companions! I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who’s in love with Kallias and Viviane. They are ridiculously adorable.
The series focused on Feyre, but we still managed to see the other characters developed and hear their own stories. I don’t know how Maas does it. She gives the other characters compelling stories and somehow make us care about these people, their relationship with each other, and what’s next for them.
The World Building
It’s not a secret anymore that Sarah J. Maas is great with world building. Her explanation of the places is always so vivid and satisfied my imagination of the world.
With ACOWAR serves as the ending of an epic trilogy, it was expected to see more of their world and universe. So much is going on and that includes traveling to the places we’ve never been to.
When we are not spending a very little time in the Night Court or being on the battlefield, we went back and forth to the other courts. I wish we go to see more of Velaris but visiting the other courts was also fun! It introduced us to the different people of the Prythian and learned what their people are like.
We also got to learn more about Amren, the Bone Carver, and the Weaver of the Wood and how they ended up in their world. The introductions to these other creatures really helps you understand the universe even more and make me pretty excited for the next novel in ACOTAR series. Yes, there will be more books!
So, What’s Next?
The ending of ACOWAR is really satisfying for me. It’s explosive! So much is happening and the battle is really gripping. Many of the characters had their moment in this battle and their actions will make you even more in love with them.
Like I said before, Sarah J. Maas has revealed that there will be more books for this series. I have mixed feelings regarding this news. ACOWAR feels like THE ending. Like it feels complete and like I said, satisfying.
But at the same time I know that I will always be excited to go back to Prythian and meet these characters again. I wouldn’t complain if the story focus on the other High Lords and their courts or the other romantic relationships that don’t get their closure or clarity in the trilogy. There are many directions and possibilities for the next book. Does it make me nervous? Of course. The trilogy ended well. It feels appropriate and a great ending to a wild journey. But I also have faith in Sarah J. Maas’ writing. She has never let me down before so I believe (and hope) that the future novels will just be as good. Bottom line is I’m ready for it!
Have you read ACOWAR? What are your thoughts on this book? Let me know!