A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR #3) Book Review

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 705
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication date: May 2nd 2017
Genre: fiction

About the book
Feyre will bring vengeance.

She has left the Night Court - and her High Lord - and is playing a deadly game of deceit. In the Spring Court, Tamlin is making deals with the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees, and Feyre is determined to uncover his plans. But to do so she must weave a web of lies, and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As mighty armies grapple for power, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords - and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

But while war rages, it is her heart that will face the greatest battle.

Review (Spoilers for books one & two!)
If you've read my other reviews on books one and two in the ACOTAR series, you'll know that I have instantly become immersed in the world of Prythian and it's kinda taken over my life (dramatic, but true) and A Court of Mist and Fury (book #2) especially, became one of my all time favourite books and I knew, just knew, that nothing could top that in this series for me. So whilst I still loved A Court of Wings and Ruin, it didn't quite top ACOMAF, but it was still very, very good, nonetheless.

The thing that stood out for me the most in this book was the complexity of the plot and how Maas created a story that is both engaging and highly entertaining with twists and turns along the way. I stopped trying to guess what would happen throughout this book as Maas has a tendency to completely rip away all expectations and assumptions and instead throws in unpredictable plot twists that completely flips the story on it's head, in the most wonderful way.

The majority of this book focuses on the build up towards the final battle against Hybern and the preparations the Night Court, along with all the other courts, are undertaking to ready for the war. Let me be clear, this is a very war heavy story, which is something we have been anticipating throughout the series, especially in the second book, and A Court of Wings and Ruin completely exceeded all my expectations. The TENSION, my god. I loved the dialogue and the interaction between all the Courts and their High Lords. Each High Lord brought something different to the table in terms of personality and temperament which made it very easy to differentiate between them all, which is something I feared I would struggle with but it wasn't an issue whatsoever. Having all seven High Lords present within this book really did open my eyes to the fictional world of Prythian and made me fall in love with it even more so than I already was - plus, there were a few High Lords I'd be very interested in reading more about in the future!

The actual battle scenes were great too and very well written and even heartbreaking at times. Maas proves time and time again what a wonderful writer she is and how diverse she can be. This portion of the book was fast-paced and full of drama, which is exactly what I expected and hoped for and I was not let down a single bit throughout these scenes. I also want to say, AMREN HOLY SH*T, you go girl.

The ONE thing I feel like was missing from this book, was the focus on Feyre and Rhysand and the general lack of anything relationship driven between the two of them. Yes, there are plenty of scenes with them together as High Lord and High Lady of the Night Court, but not in the same way that the previous books showed them. I feel like books #1 and #2 focused heavily on the romance aspect as much as they did the plot, but the #Feysand scenes were a bit lacklustre in ACOWAR and this was my main frustration with this book. Maybe it's because there was just so, so much going on in this book and given that it's just over 700 pages, that's a LOT of action. But I'd have happily have read another 50 or so pages if it meant we got a deeper insight into Feyre and Rhysand's relationship because goddamit they are just such a dynamic duo when they're together and they bounce off each other so well, which makes me a little bit sad that we didn't get as much of that as I would have liked. Or maybe it's because Feyre and Rhysand are together now, that tension and that build up wasn't considered necessary, but heaven only knows I missed it when reading this book and is ultimately why I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others.

One thing that really shocked me throughout this book - in a good way - was how much I now like Nesta. I mentioned in one of my previous reviews how much she irritated me, and if I think back to the first book, she still does to some extent, but she's changed and matured but still has that unreadable, no-nonsense-says-it-how-it-is attitude that is very much Nesta. Not only that, but she now has new, unidentified powers which makes me SO exited for A Court of Silver Flames that's due out next month. Whilst Feyre is completely immersed in her new role and new life as High Lady, Nesta is stuck in a battle of wanting to protect Elain, but also fighting an inner urge within herself and you can see the beginnings of said internal battles play out throughout this book.

This is the first book in this series that I've had a little moan about, but I don't want to take away from the fact that this is still a very, very good book. Would I read it again? Absolutely. I've seen a lot of people moan about the lack of deaths in this series and this book especially, but that doesn't bother me. I loved this installment, perhaps not as much as the others, but I still very much enjoyed it and I'm excited to see what comes next for these characters.

Verdict: ★★★★

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