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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 3) Kindle Edition
“Simply dazzles.” - starred review, Booklist on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“Passionate, violent, sexy and daring…. A true page-turner.” - USA Today on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“Suspense, romance, intrigue and action. This is not a book to be missed!” - Huffington Post on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“Vicious and intoxicating…. A dazzling world, complex characters and sizzling romance.” - Top Pick, RT Book Reviews on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“A sexy, action-packed fairytale.” - Bustle on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“Fiercely romantic, irresistibly sexy and hypnotically magical. A veritable feast for the senses.” - USA Today on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“Hits the spot for fans of dark, lush, sexy fantasy.” - Kirkus Reviews on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“An immersive, satisfying read.” - Publishers Weekly on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“Darkly sexy and thrilling.” - Bustle on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“Fast-paced and explosively action-packed.” - Booklist on A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN
“The plot manages to seduce you with its alluring characters, irresistible world and never-ending action, leaving you craving more.” - RT Book Reviews on A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN
About the Author
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold millions of copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. Sarah lives with her husband, son, and dog.
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So... Let's talk about the beginning, with where the second book ended. If you remember there was so much hatred there for Tamlin, and Feyre was determined to bring the whole Spring Court down. That was a major cliff-hanger as it was so intense and very promising. We waited for a year to find out how she's going to handle the situation there alone. However, it was just disappointing for me that I found that certain period to be really short and I wish the time she spent there was a bit longer - that there were more deceiving events. But of course, the story needed to move on at some point.
I must say that Feyre's strength, maturity and loyalty were really evident in all the efforts she exerted to form certain alliances even with other characters that I really didn't see coming, (view spoiler) and all the adventures that she went into together with Rhysand and the rest of their family. I admire her that she was able to hold her own and prove to the others that she is worthy of being called a High Lady - it's just so majestic, especially when she claims and says it out loud!
On another note, I found her and Rhysand annoying though at some point. It was whenever they kept on saying that everything is always Feyre's choice. I got that message already in ACOMAF, and another mention of it in this book wouldn't have hurt. But I didn't expect it to be repeated over and over here. Also, the intimate scenes between those two... they're a bit disappointing. They were lacking in so many ways and I don't know if it was because of the safe words used by the author, the lackluster description, or the fact that it had already been established by SJM in Q&As that Feyre and Rhysand will remain as mates - so it wasn't as interesting anymore as it used to be in the second book. It could be because in ACOMAF, there was that mystery, tension and longing between them. But now, they're just always cheesy and lovey-dovey. Those scenes could've been upped to be sexy and steamy since this is actually NOT a children's book (let's not forget that this series is wrongly categorized since the beginning under children's/teens' which is mortifying)!
There were also other events in the book that just kept me asking for more. Most of the supposed-to-be important events had me on my toes and kept me reading for hours with no food and water. The suspense in each event were greatly amplified but sometimes they just leave me shaking my head because of the half baked story telling. It made me then think that they were just snippets forced to be included in the story to at least have something to look forward to or be fearful of. Don't get me wrong, they were indeed essential in the flow of the story but how SJM made the characters deal with the problems and the actions they took to solve them could've been prolonged and more detailed.
As for the other characters, I ADORE THEM! With Nesta, that much I have expected and never changed - she's still as feisty as she can be. And her with Cassian, it hasn't really been established but I'm hoping you guys have already read the short story about those two right after ACOMAF was released last year. There's indeed tension and passion between them and I think it will just be a matter of time before the mating bond (I'm hoping, I'm really hoping that it exists!!!) snaps into place. With Lucien, there was a bit more of him here as compared to the second book. He showed how courageous he is (view spoiler) but I'm craving for him more in action! And of course, Rhysand. He was such a great support to Feyre and he really showed how selfless he is in this book. Aside from doing his best to unite everyone, he really gave his all to protect everyone and to achieve that goal of creating a new world - another dream of his. As for the new characters (and old ones with their revelations)whom I will not mention so I don't really spoil anything, love the diversity! From the appearance, the secrets, up to their own personal selves - I am so happy that these were included in the story! Inclusion, that is the main theme of this story. Everyone is struggling with their own issues, and it's not bad to be different. You'll see in this book that some of the characters would just want to be themselves and be free of all the judgements from other people. They had to struggle to exist in their own right (be it Fae, human, or whatever creature), to hide the truth they had to hurt people around them, not to mention also their own selves. So it's not just about what kind of creature you are, but it's also about who you really are and how it is important to be able to be included and accepted in society openly - a world open to diversity and inclusion.
And now let's talk about Tamlin. I still have a soft spot for him and I can understand why he became such a pain to everyone. Hey, he was fooled! Let's not forget, Feyre showed understanding, kindness and love not just to him but also to his people in the very beginning of this series. And because of that, he was able to love and become happy again after a long time. But she tricked him! So imagine everything he went through from the very start, all the guilt inside him building up as time went by, all his efforts trying to make up for the mistakes he made cast aside and he ended up in a pit again - but it's deeper this time. As I've mentioned in my ACOMAF review, Tamlin was already broken to begin with, even before meeting Feyre. And it just became worse as he was fooled and played with by everyone around him! He had high hopes, he really did. Unfortunately, they all just broke him even more into tiny little pieces. He was left with no one to turn to. So I can just imagine the kind of darkness he was in. Love can be really cruel as it made him choose the wrong decisions left and right. Let's give him some credit because he did try to redeem himself by making up for everything he had done in the past to keep Feyre happy and safe. And I still admire him. He's a dreamer and I too hope he finds happiness. Oh, how I cried harder with what he did...
So after all those surprises left and right - all the lies, betrayals, scandals, bargains, allegiance, loyalty, revelations, sacrifices, and promises, I think A Court of Wings and Ruin deserves 4 stars from me even though I was actually expecting a different ending (view spoiler). Even with all the "girl power" (how lame I might've worded it to be), in the end Sarah J. Maas showed that in this war, it's not just the High Lords who have vital roles. There was also emphasis on those who are different, evidently those who were "Made" to push for harmony between humans, faes and other creatures. The message that it is indeed possible to build that kind of world, only if the majority is willing to fight for it.
And that concludes my LONGEST book review ever! There were just so much to say that I have to mention some specific details in the book to make my point. And if you're curious, I also cried in this book because of certain events - especially at the end, like my feelings were toyed with by the author. My full review with spoilers can be found on my Goodreads account, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post the link here. So it's up to you to be able to find me there! ;)
I want more of them and their stories, past book 4. I could read about their adventures forever. This is one of the few series that is always on my “must re-read list”.
Overall it's still a must read. And there were MANY favorite moments ... but I just think it was a good book to tide us over until we get to the good stuff with the other series :)
By kyja on July 23, 2021
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But...I was a little disappointed.
A Court of Mist And Fury was definitely the best book of this series.
By now, the non-stop vomiting is just beyond the pale. Enough already! There are other PTSD symptoms.
Rhys and Feyre are united, then one of them disappears without telling anyone and are in danger. And repeat.
If my Hubby had such poor communication with me...let's just say it wouldn't end well!
These two are putting their lives on the line and have a bond - let's talk, eh?
Yeah, Feyre is still pretty self-absorbed. Did she actually have a good look in that mirror? Sure?
'My sister is struggling, oh well, I'll leave someone else or herself to deal with that'. Alrighty then!?
She has all these powers - maybe use them in the battles? Develop more after the first attack? I was so chuffed for her in that moment of heroism. Oh, she's actually fighting for others - she's growing. (*fizzled hope*)
Tamlin - the guy had anger issues but didn't deserve the bad rep he gets in this book.
I'm all for gay representation, but please don't twist a heterosexual into a homosexual to do it (*sigh*). 500 years of lying to a close friend just to avoid an awkward conversation and with no hint in previous books? Hmmm...nope, not in keeping with that character.
And there were a lot of loose ends to tie up.
So many characters are added that I ended up losing track of some.
tbh, I kinda wanted someone to actually die in battle. I mean, they all seem so hellbent on doing so, it'd only be right.
HOWEVER, all that being said, I was gripped. I needed to know what would happen. And how.
There were parts which had my emotions wrung out.
3.5* for this one.
Disappointing when the last book got a rare 5* from me.
This book is huge. It’s all story and no fluff. So much happens I was gripped the entire way. This book was less about character development as it was about the war. At the end you feel as drained as the characters. It is tense, it is stressful and it is nail biting. Just as you catch your breath from one skirmish, you screaming at another attack. It was relentless. This is why I’m giving it 4 stars. We get introduced to a lot more people and understand their motivations a bit more to make them less 2 dimensional but I wanted more relationship building. Again - maybe not quite the place cos it is all about the war but I after ACOMAF I had higher expectations. All in all - still a solid read. Even if SJM made my heart stop at the end.
“Night Triumphant - and the Stars Eternal.
If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.”
Now lets get to Rhysand...erm.. what can I even say? OH YES!! HE WAS AMAZING! I loved every single Rhys moment that we got to see and I just love him as a character and even though I didn't think that his character could be developed any more after reading ACOMAF, the way Maas wrote his development blew me away it was phenomenal. Now to all my other favourites, all I'm going to say is I adore them all especially Cassian and Azriel. Again it was pure perfection. Mor and Amren's character development also really went somewhere in this book, I never expected what happens to happen and I am still surprised and amazed at the great things that Sarah J. Maas did.
The plot was so action packed and there was always something happening it was so stressful but in a really really great way, I am so glad that we got to see loads more of the High Lords, that was brilliants and I loved the meeting, I am running out of words to use to describe how amazing things were.
I only had one tiny problem, I really wanted a discussion to happen between Tamlin and Feyre near the end after you know what (No spoilers here, see I am really trying), I just really needed more. Saying that I think that things were left in a great way and I really felt satisfied with the conclusion, and I also think that the way it ended really did justice to this amazing series. I am happy with Feyre and Rhysand's ending but I really hope that we get to see them again even if its just a cameo. They will always be some of my favourite characters of all time.
“It's a rare person to face who they are and not run from it - not be broken by it.”
I definitely ugly cried and I will never get over it. I will go as far to say that part of me died while reading this book. The feels were ridiculous and I have never ever cried like I did when I cried while I read this. I'm not sure where the series is going to go and which characters we will see again but I don't care I will read anything Sarah J. Maas writes and the fact that there is going to be more from this world is enough for me. But honestly do I have to wait another year, what will I do until then.
“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have... the wait was worth it.”
Overall I loved it and I'm not sure whether A Court of Mist and Fury is still my favourite or whether this one is but I loved them both, and this series has ruined me I have a feeling that I will never find anything as good as these, I am getting depressed just thinking about it. The only thing left to say is that I highly recommend this series, everyone should read it and I think that even if you don't enjoy the fantasy genre I would be extremely surprised if you didn't like this.
5/5 Stars! (Obviously)
I really enjoyed the first two books of this series and was eager to read this last instalment, however, I have to say I was disappointed in this end to the trilogy and found it coming up pretty short in comparison to its predecessors. For a start the book was unnecessary long, and overall I found it quite a slog to get through, tempted at times to simply give up, and I have to confess that I ended up more skim reading certain parts.
I was intrigued with the set up at the start of the story back in the Spring Court, and think this could have been made to work really well, but in actual fact this first part of the book was pretty poor for me. A lot of this was due to Feyre constantly being portrayed with such super-powers, nothing really felt like a threat or challenge to her, as she just walked over everyone so easily. Also I know Tamlin did act badly in the second book, however, there were reasons as to why he did what he did, and I for one don't think he deserved the complete lack of mercy that Feyre treated him with here.
Indeed, I have to say that overall I didn't really like Feyre's character all that much in this book as a whole. She seemed to have lost all her vulnerabilities, and was just a bit too ruthless and arrogant for me. Its not that she's lost her compassion entirely, but she's very self-absorbed here.
I did enjoy Lucien's character in this book, indeed it may have been my overall favourite portrayal in the book, and that was because unlike so many other characters, Lucien still had his complexities (unfortunately I felt he was under-used in the second half of the story). Other favourites on the other hand, such as most of the Night Court, just were painted a little too immaturely in this book. On the one hand there is this really serious threat portrayed of the impending war, and yet so often these characters are just goofing around and making jokes, acting rather like teenagers if anything, with more interest in their romantic entanglements than anything else. Nor did these romantic sub-plots really lead anywhere though, with no character or relationship development.
Feyre and Rhysand were just too 'sickeningly' in love in this book, Rhysand himself 'too perfect', all the mystery and edge that was so present in the first book and was still maintained in the second despite understanding his character better, lost entirely now and replaced instead by a 'puppyish' character who was just bland and boring in this book (oh and once again we keep being told he is the most powerful high Lord in history, but not once did I get a display of that power). Other aspects felt forced, such as Mor's bisexuality.
Nesta and Elain I thought fared better in this book, with their new cauldron-gifted powers, and there is some interest into what their own stories might hold in future books, however, right now after this book, I'm unsure if I would take a chance and continue with the next proposed trilogy centring on Nesta.
Some of the lesser used characters, particularly those older creatures such as the Bone Carver and the Weaver, did intrigue me, but I just felt there was too much going on in this book, with a lot of convoluted storytelling and sub-plots, and ultimately these characters could have been used better than they were. A lot of the story was strategy centred ahead of the war, with too many new characters introduced and not enough time to really get to know them, like the other High Lords. Even once we got to the war itself it didn't hold my interest as it should have.
Maas continues to tell rather than show a lot of the time, with lots of exposition when it comes to characters' backstories, and whilst in previous books such flaws could be overlooked, here everything just felt too messy for it to work. Oh and the constant use of the word 'mate' in this book was just cringey.
This was just an over-bloated and unengaging book, with none of the character-driven storytelling of the previous two books, such that it ruined what had till now been an enjoyable series and I lost interest in many of the characters I had hitherto really liked. I've given it a 3 stars, but in all honesty it may be a 2.5 stars.