Book Review and Discussion – A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas

Hey there, everyone!

I am back from my vacation and I’m feeling so refreshed and inspired. I hope you haven’t missed me too much! But I’m happy to report that I’m back, and with a vengeance.

I didn’t get too much reading done as there was a lot of running around, but I did manage to finish one book – A Court of Wings and Ruin. I’m so happy that I chose to take that book along. It was such a great conclusion to the events of the series; I was constantly on the edge of my seat, and whenever I had time to read, I didn’t want to stop! I love this series and I honestly can’t wait to see what else Sarah J. Maas has up her sleeve for this world.

Blurb (Goodreads):  Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

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.

“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”


Thoughts & Discussion:

World-Building:  The first thing that comes to mind when I think of this world is ‘damn I would love to live in a world like this’. All the magic, scheming, fantastic and horrifying creatures… it was awesome, to say the least. The world of Prythian just keeps getting better and better. I got to meet ALL the High Lords that make up the Courts, gained a better understanding of the relations between humans and Fae, and finally got to see the ruthlessness of the main villain in this series, King Hybern. For lack of better words, he is a jackass and a straight-up psychopath. This is by far my favourite book when it comes to world-building because of all the new creatures and characters that were introduced; the legends and stories about the old war and how this affected current events; a better understanding of how magic worked; and how the old and new came together and affected the outcome of the story. The history of Prythian and the wall separating the humans and Fae was also explained in more detail. I also got to see more of what Amarantha had done to the other Courts, and how Rhysand’s role during that time effected the alliances he looked for in the current book. Again, I loved all of it and finishing the book was a bittersweet experience for me.

“We’re all a broken, in our own ways – In places no one might see.” 


Plot:
It was a truly epic story. So much happened, and so much changed. We start with Feyre back in the Spring Court with plans to get information on the enemy and destroy the Court from within and manages with devastating effect; only to doubt her actions later on in the book when Tamlin’s help proves vital against Hybern. Once she returns home, Feyre must deal with an upcoming war, her newly Made sisters and their role in this fight, as well as rallying any other Courts to fight Hybern before he destroys them all. The pacing of this story was a little mixed, and there were some chapters that included a lot of backstory through dialogue, which slowed things down. There was a lot of action and fight scenes, as well as debating and tension between the High Lords and Courts; and honestly, I can’t say which I enjoyed more. Most of the characters had their own motives and hidden agendas, so you never really know which side they were really on. There was a lot of trickery and duplicity, and as usual, the twists and surprises left me on the edge of my seat and always wanting more. Sarah J. Maas is the queen of twists, and I love how she made such an intricate web of this world and linked characters and events together. Lucien’s past, The Prince of Merchants, Queen Vassa and her Curse, the death gods, the key to Amren’s release from her Fae body to her true form, and the power of the Cauldron (it actually thinks and feels and oh my god it’s so crazy); all these things just came together to create this epic tale, and with a great ending, all things considered. The story is definitely not over, not by a long shot, but the ending is the start of something new, and better.

“It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it – not be broken by it.”


Characters:
As you’ve probably guessed, the characters were my favourite part of this story. We got to see a different, darker side to all the main characters, particularly Feyre, as she resorted to manipulation and trickery to get vengeance on those who mistreated her and help move all the pieces into place for the inevitable war against their fellow insidious Fae from Hybern. The Court of Dreams (the real Night Court) were not to be messed with and had to dig deep into darker parts of themselves to survive this war. Feyre and Rhysand pushed themselves to their limits and even more so throughout the story, risking everything at times. The involvement of Feyre’s sisters, Nesta and Elain, was also interesting to experience; how the sisters began as barely even tolerating each other to fighting together and risking everything or each other… such a beautiful development of their relationship. All characters struggled with the war they had to face, themselves, and how much they had to sacrifice to live and save as many people as they could from the horrors of Hybern.

Feyre struggled the most, being the only person that never experienced the war. The greatest point in her development to me was when she risked her sanity by looking into the Orbourous, a mirror that shows a person their true selves. She saw what she had become, struggled with it, but came to accept it, and forgive and love all those dark parts of herself; and that’s what made her a true force to be reckoned with. Nothing could stop her; and that moment was one of the most inspiring things I ever read.

In this book, we are reminded again of the cruelty and wickedness that sometimes comes with power. The deadly and otherworldly creatures such as the Bone Carver and the Weaver were awesome too, I really enjoyed seeing them get more involved in the story. Some of the High Lords were nice to meet, and others… not so much. I was a bit upset with the fact that the royal family of the Autumn Court, my favourite season, were the cruellest out of all the Courts. But ah well, can’t have everything, right?

“Leave this world… a better place than how you found it.”


Rating
: 5/5 stars, of course!!
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That’s it from me today, folks! Let me know what you think in the comments below. What did you think of this series so far? And how quickly should I buy the next book?

Until next time,

Alexia x

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