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.