Holy moly, you guys! This review is way, way, WAY overdue. I read the book when it came out, then I listened to the audiobook back in like… August? September? I had a pretty full blogging schedule last month, so it had to wait until now! I’ve read/listened to it twice now, and I can definitely say that A Court of Wings & Ruin is one of the best books I’ve read and listened to this year. Before you continue on with my review, please be aware of minor spoilers!
“What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”
A Court of Wings & Ruin was an absolutely spectacular end to the Court of Thorns & Roses series. I’m not sure why it took me so freaking long to write a review, honestly! I was still in the middle of finishing exams when I read the book for the first time, I think.
When it released back in May. I also recently realised I never made any notes! And then eventually there was this huge group of people who were saying they thought the book was terrible, which then made me doubt my own opinion. Eventually I got myself the audiobook and decided to finally write a review. I’m not doubting my opinion anymore: ACOWAR was fan-freaking-tastic.
I don’t ‘agree’ with all of ACOWAR. If that makes sense. I found some sex scenes to be quite inappropriate and Mor’s ‘revelation’ was a little too unexpected? Not that I didn’t love it, though! I liked it when I read it, but it really tugged on my heartstrings when I heard it while listening to the audiobook. I actually found it really brave. Some other parts near the end were quite unexpected as well, and maybe some parts weren’t wrapped up perfectly, but I didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book and its ending.
Woman are so important in this book, and I love it. All these courts have High Lords and obviously there’s woman there, but the only place they’re really important is at the Night Court, and I love that so, so much. I loved seeing Feyre as a High Lady
and she was so, so villainous in the beginning, I loooooved it! and reading about Mor – Morrigan – in battle was just epic, it gave me shivers all over. The men are important too, obviously, but it’s all about the strong woman.
I loved how all the High Lords come into play in this book! We got to learn quite a bit about them and their courts. Can I just mention the winter court has foxes in vests, who are like messengers?! It’s the most random little detail but FOXES IN VESTS! Anyway, that first meeting scene was epic. I was holding my breath so often because it was intense and epic. Sarah J. Maas writes these epic battle scenes (as I mentioned in my review of Empire of Storms) and they were epic again in ACOWAR, but even the High Lords meeting was epic, without it being an actual battle scene. I really, really loved it.
I love the Court of Dreams so incredibly much. They all have their own lives and struggles, yet they’re always there for each other. They fight and they make up and their dynamic is great. I loved their character development. Feyre really grew into her role of High Lady, her sisters somewhat adjusted to their new lives as well. We got to see so much more of Rhys, Cassian and Azriel and I especially liked seeing them in battle, because it showed how complex their relationship is. They seem like actual brothers, which they are. But we got to see another side of them in which they don’t want to follow Rhys’ orders and they bicker about what to do.
It’s so difficult to review Sarah J. Maas’ books because there’s just so much to talk about. The High Lords, Hybern, Tamlin and Jurien, Nesta and Cassian, Elain and Azriel and Lucien… One thing that annoyed me a bit is how the King of Hybern didn’t have a name. He was literally just “King of Hybern”. And Tamlin and Jurien? They played a dangerous game which I still don’t 100% understand. And about all those other characters… It was quite open ended in that regard, and it wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine. The end was perfect and leaves room for so much more. I cannot wait to read about them in the new novella!
A Court of Wings & Ruin is incredible. It had its faults, but good parts more than made up for it. It’s a worthy end to the ACOTAR trilogy while also leaving plenty of room for new stories. I cannot wait to see what’s going to happen in the next books!
About A Court of Wings & Ruin
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 and USA Today 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.
Have you read ACOWAR? What did you think?
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