A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Published : 2017
Version Read : ebook
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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 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.
I finished this book a few days after it came out, but it’s taken me this long to get my thoughts together. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I was looking forward to this book. It was my most anticipated book of the year. I’m posting this review early because of how disappointed I was in this book.
I know that I gave the book 4 stars, but it was more like 3.5 stars. I’m warning you now there will be SPOILERS in this review. I’ll try to keep them to a minimum but you have been warned!
The most disappointing thing to me was how bored I was with Feyre and Rhys’ relationship. Where was the snarky teasing and flirting? I know that they are a mated couple now, but that doesn’t mean their relationship should change right? Rhys didn’t push her and as many people have said before, he didn’t really make any decisions. Feyre put her life in a danger for stupid reasons a few times and Rhys seemed like he could have cared less. They just seemed to be a content couple with no problems in the world.
The other thing that disappointed me was the whole situation with Mor. I have no problem with characters who are not straight. When done tastefully it can make the story so much better. That was not the case with Mor. Sarah has been getting a lot of criticism about her stories not having enough diversity in them. I get it and I agree to a point, but I think she took it a little too far in this book. Mor has never given any sign that she was into girls in ACOMAF expect that she didn’t love Az the way he loved her. Then all of a sudden in this book she flaunts guys in front of him to remind him that she’s doesn’t feel that way about him. Since when did she show little compassion towards him or anyone in the Inner Circle? It felt to out of character for her, and I can only think that Sarah wrote it in to please her critics. I was not a fan of the whole situation.
I was very surprised at how much I felt bad for Tamlin. Maybe I like pain and torture or maybe it’s because I have seen my fair share of bad relationships, but I did genuinely feel bad for him by the end of the book. I know, I know, he’s a jerk and he let Feyre waste away and did nothing to help her. But he was going through some bad crap too. She played on his feelings for him and destroyed his court and left him hanging. And yet to come back and saved her and then saved Rhys for her at the end. All he ever did was love her and yes he did it the wrong way, but I don’t hate him anymore. I was in a bad relationship. He wasn’t a bad guy, we were just bad for each other. I feel that way about Tamlin and Feyre. I hope he gets a happy ending in one of the upcoming side novels.
The only saving grace and the reason this is a 4 star instead of a 3 is the relationships between Cassian/Nesta and Az/Elain. I found myself getting excited when they were on the page and wanting to know everything I could about them. I LOVED the banter between Cass and Nesta and I could feel and see their relationship change right on the page. I hate how it ended and I really hope that their story will continue in future books. As for Elain and Az, that surprised me the most of anything in the book. I know that Elain is the mate of Lucian, but I really hope she doesn’t accept it. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Lucian, but I feel that Az needs someone like Elain in his life, as much as she need someone in hers. In the previous book you could tell that he cared for Mor, but with Elain you can actually see him gentle around her. It was really awesome to see that side of him.
My favorite part of the book was Feyre’s reunion with Az and Cassian. I was reading that part at work (slyly under my desk, oops) when I literally jumped up and fist bumped the air. Luckily no one noticed or I might have gotten in trouble. That part made me so excited it lasted throughout a lot of the 1/2 half of the book, and I’ve re-read it twice since then. I want to be the kind of author that makes someone fist bump the air at work and have a stupid grin on their face for the rest of the day.
I will read the rest of the books that come out after this, but I was disappointed in this finale for Feyre and Rhys. They should have gotten a better story, but it’s not completely over yet. Right?