Book Review, Fiction

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Cover A Court of Wings and Ruin
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah J. Maas
Young Adult
Bloomsbury Childrens
May 31, 2017
698

"Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings 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.Contains mature content. Not suitable for younger readers."

I’m finally done with A Court of Wings and Ruin. Now how on earth do I review this book without spoilers? Sigh, I’ll try my best, but I’m going to assume you’ve read the first two.
 
Firstly, ‘a Court of mist and fury’ made it into my top ten favourite books. Acowar had a lot to live up to.
 
Al three books feel like they start of as one book and ends as another. Acowar starts off with Feyre being the spy in the Spring Court and progresses into being… a big bloody roller coaster. No spoilers remember.
 
This book manages to do something that I did not think possible after the last one. It made me feel a little sorry for Tamlin. Just a little. He’s still an ass. Remembered when we all liked him in the first book. That feels so long ago. Proof of how Sarah J. Maas can effortlessly shift our perception of the characters.
 
It’s a very indulgent book that clearly loves spending time with its main characters. I like spending time with these characters too, but it feels rose tinted this time around. Perhaps it’s the way Feyre preserves her circumstances. Terrible things have happened to her in the past, but now she is in love. And yes, some horrific things are happening right now, but let’s poke our nose into someone else’s love live. Feyre is quite nosy and judgmental at times.
 
There are quite a few unnecessary sex scenes. They didn’t bring anything extra to the story and felt a little shoved in. (No pun intended.) It’s not surprising that Bloomsburg states that it’s not suitable for younger readers.
 
The book is as usual from Feyre view point, with two chapters in Rhysand’s. This was the first book in the series where I would’ve like to have more viewpoints.
 
It had some excellent stand-up-and-cheer moments. But it does turn into a big bash of near Deus ex machina, with (Spoiler warning) a very inconsequential death.
 
This sounds like a lot of gripes, but there were plenty of things that I loved about the book too. There’s the wonderful family dynamic between the characters. Nesta and Cassian’s bickering always brings a smirk to my face, while Mor’s personal development brought an explanation to certain questions.
 
It’s not Acomaf, but overall I liked the book and enjoyed being back in Prythian.
A court of wings and ruin - amren
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2 thoughts on “A Court of Wings and Ruin

  1. I feel like Sarah J Maas does what she did with Tamlin a lot (just assumptions from what I’ve heard from tog). To get out of trouble with love triangles she paints one of the guys as a horrible dude, and honestly Tamlin was bad but given his circumstances I feel really bad for him. Like Rhys could’ve turned out to be even worse than him but because he had his friends that didn’t happen, but people tend to ignore that.

    Also about the spoiler, I’m glad I’m not the only one that thought that about it! Are you going to continue the series?

    1. I’ll definitely pick up the next one. I hope we get to learn more about the other courts and even the mainland.

      In a strange way Tamlin is the most human character. Misguided, resentful and ill-tempered, but not evil.

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