By: Cait Marie
A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. As you all know by now, I am obsessed with this series. This book is fantastic! It’s not quite as good as A Court of Mist and Fury, but let’s be honest, what book is? As this is the third book, it’s hard to talk about without spoiling the first two books. So if you haven’t read those, go do so now!
The spoilers for this specific book will be completely marked at the end of the review.
A Court of Wings and Ruin picks up where the last one left off. Feyre is back in the Spring Court with Tamlin and Lucien, who believe she was being controlled by Rhys. However, at the end of the last book, we found out that they were secretly married, she is now the High Lady of the Night Court, and their bond is very much intact. In fact, Feyre has gone with Tamlin to act as a spy since it was revealed that he is working with the King of Hybern.
This book is jam-packed with action. It is the most exciting of the three, in my opinion. The inner circle is working to protect the human realm and the other courts from Hybern’s control. They know he plans on attacking, so they are doing everything in their power to prepare or stop this from happening.
We meet some new characters and get to know some older ones better. There are some we grow to loathe even more. And of course, we love certain characters even more (as if that’s possible!) The whole thing is just intense and you learn a lot more about the world and the characters.
If you have read the first two, keep going. ACOWAR completely wraps up the originally trilogy, no cliffhangers! However, there are more books being released that take place from a variety of POVs. I am super excited! A Court of Frost and Starlight, a novella to link this book with the new ones, is released next week on May 1!
Naturally, I’ve decided to reread the first three books to “prepare,” but I’ve only read about 100 pages of ACOTAR. So, I have a week to finish them (plus a couple others that need finished before then). No pressure! At least finals are over, so I have a light load of work to do this week and have next week off!
I don’t even know where to begin with this… I literally had to go get my hardback copy to look through because there is just so much. Because there is so much, I’m just going to point out a few pages/scenes and my reactions:
- The first 120 pages: I love the snarky bickering between Feyre and Lucien. I had missed this in ACOMAF. Feyre finally stands up for herself to Tamlin and I FREAKING LOVE IT. While she does pretend to be back with him, she keeps the new confident self that she has become with the Night Court and it was fantastic.
- Page 121 doesn’t really need an explanation if you have read it, but just know that I completely fangirled and freaked out in the best way possible. I still get chills reading this part:
“A shadow slammed into the earth before us, cracking the ice toward every horizon.
Not a shadow.
An Illyrian warrior.”
- Okay, still on this scene. It’s just so wonderful:
“There’s no such thing as a High Lady,” one of Lucien’s brothers spat.
A faint smile played on my mouth. “There is now.” — THERE IS NOW. Gahhh I love it. I’m fangirling all over again just talking about it!
- Also, I definitely cried when she was finally reunited with Rhys.
- The big meeting with all the High Lords made feel like I was watching one of those reality tv reunion episodes where everyone is just so sassy and mad at each other. It was great, and I loved Helion. I want more of him in the future books.
- I also ship Nesta and Cassian so hard. You know I’m a sucker for the hate-turned-love trope… I have mixed feelings about Elain and Lucien vs. Elain and Azriel. I just love Azriel, so I want him to be happy. I do not ship him with Mor and I don’t know why people are still insistent about them when it’s been made clear that Mor doesn’t feel the same.
- Losing the Suriel made me cry, same with the Bone Carver…
- But nothing, NOTHING, has ever made me cry as much as I did when Rhys gave his life by letting Feyre use his power. He told her “I love you,” and I knew what was happening. I repeatedly said “NO. NO. NO” as it happened. Then I had to stop reading because I was crying so hard I couldn’t see… or breathe. I was a hot mess. It didn’t help that I was reading it at 3 in the morning and was exhausted. I completely forgot how they all brought Feyre back; it never occured to me. So then when they did, and Tamlin told her to be happy… I lost it again. It was the biggest roller coaster of feels I’ve ever been on. I’ve never cried that hard from a book. EVER.
These are just some of my thoughts. Like I said, there’s so much. I could talk about these books forever, I’m obsessed. What did you think of this book and the others? Did it destroy you as much as it did me? Are you excited for A Court of Frost and Starlight? Let me know in the comments!