This is the third book in Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorn and Roses series, there are some spoilers ahead although I’ll keep them to a minimum and they’ll only be in the bottom section headlined spoilers so you can read the rest!
Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publication Date: 2nd May 2017
Page Count: 699 Pages
Quote: ‘Only you can decide what breaks you.’
War with Hybern is imminent and Feyre is stuck in the Spring Court acting as spy, holding back her true feelings as she is forced to pretend her love for Tamlin has returned. Meanwhile, Rhysand and his inner circle prepare for war.
I was a little anxious about starting this one because some of the people who’d loved ACoMaF had said they didn’t enjoy this one as much, but I really did! It was way more action packed, the actual war happens in this book so there’s a lot of fighting, planning etc. But what really made the book for me was the character development. We got to know a lot more about the characters of the inner circle and their history. We got answers to a lot of questions such as the relationship (or lack of one) between Mor and Azriel. We finally got to meet all of the High Lords and understand more of the politics between the courts. And of course we get lots of Nesta and Elain! Not to mention that incredible love and bond between Rhys and Feyre.
So many of the characters grew and developed and I will admit that Nesta got on my nerves a bit throughout I just couldn’t take to her. I mean Amren is shirty but I like her, Nesta is just mean. But she does have her redeeming moments so I suppose I can forgive her!! We also got to know a little bit more about some of the monster characters like The Bone Carver and The Weaver and The Suriel which was really interesting.
Like it’s predecessors, A Court of Wings and Ruin was incredibly fast paced and despite being nearly 700 Pages long I devoured it in one sitting. I can’t recommend this series enough and only wish I’d read it sooner!
Spoilers – what happens next?
In the next few books I’d really like to see Nesta thawing out a bit and getting with Cassian. I think he’ll be good for her. I’m totally torn between wanting Elain and Lucien to be together and Elain and Azriel especially after Mor’s reveal. I can’t say I was bothered about Mor’s reveal like others have said it felt like a token LGBT character was added just to comply with something. But we’ll see how that develops. I’d also like to see if Rhys now has some of the other lord’s powers like Feyre, it would literally make them the most powerful high lord and lady on the planet! So much excitement to come!