Review Sunday: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Goodreads Blurb:
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 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.”

Whew!  That was so bittersweet.  This series has been my life for the past three years and now it’s over just like that.  Of course SJM is slated to release more book in this world but it won’t ever be the same without the MC’s being the Court of Dreams.  I’ve enjoyed every minute, though.
1.  The characters.  Once again, SJM does such a good job with character development.  Every character is built up and they each have their own backgrounds that inspire their current actions.  I especially loved seeing the dynamics between Feyre and her sisters as they explore this new relationship.  Feyre’s relationship with everyone for that matter fascinated me.  Because it’s the third book, a lot of the character development has been taken care of already but that didn’t stop further development.  I loved seeing how Feyre would react in certain situations and with certain people, and Rhys’ chapter at the end is EVERYTHING.
2.  The plot.  This book is incredibly focused on the war which didn’t leave much room for other plot lines.  There were a few secondary romance lines which were wonderful.  The author made certain not to let them overpower the main plot line which kept everything focused.  I do have to say, it got a tad bit tedious after a while but I understand why the author chose to spend so much time on the war.  It’s an enormously large event in the world and it won’t be cleared up with a few battles.  I think it was dealt with well, though.  Even though I wasn’t able to read it all in one sitting (damn real-life responsibilities), I definitely could have if I were given the time!
3.  The romance(s).  Obviously, there’s Rhys and Feyre here as they’re the main romance.  I loved their dynamic and Rhys’ attitude toward freedom and equality.  He and Feyre have such an honest and giving relationship which I loved.  It think it’s so important that men and women are viewed as equals in a relationship and in responsibilities.  The author also inserted some LGBTQ into the mix which I loved.  Diversity!!  Without giving anything away, some very important characters are gay and both the openness and hardships of the relationships were shown which I found to be very accurate.  It isn’t easy for people to come out if they go against the norm, even in fantasy worlds.  I loved how it was still portrayed as a normal thing, though.  There are also some new romances introduced (or explored more as to the circumstances) and they were all developed wonderfully.  No insta-love in sight.
4.  The writing.  On one hand, I am completely in love with SJM’s writing style and her ability to insert both lyrical and harsh words into her novels.  As I said above, I could have read this book all in one sitting.  However, I also said above that the plot became a teeny bit tedious.  This was reflected in the writing.  I think the author got just a bit too settled in and her writing fell into too much of a pattern.  Another piece I want to mention pertains to the entire series.  It’s a true testament to SJM’s skill as she was able to avoid middle-book syndrome (where the middle book feels just like a stepping stone and is meh and the last book is only slightly better).  Each of the books in the series were equally enjoyable to me and I’ve loved every minute of this series.  There will certainly be many rereads to come.
5.  The world.  I simply have to mention this.  We get a bit more of a look at the other courts in this book and I loved the glimpses.  While I do wish there was more (can there always be more??), the world is incredibly immersive and wonderfully fleshed out.  The writing pulls you in and the descriptive settings and customs keep you in.
The Final Verdict:
A true and complete work of art.  The characters are remarkably complex, the plot, while tedious, is immersive, the world is wonderfully present, and the writing is spot on.
4.5 stars

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

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… the wait was worth it.”

“Why should I be scared of an oversized bat who likes to throw temper tantrums?”

“Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.”

“Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”

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

Meet the Author:
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.


0 thoughts on “Review Sunday: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas”

  1. It's great that you loved this! I still haven't read ACOMAF, but hope to soon! I already liked Rhys more than Tamlin in the first book, and I hope I'm not disappointed. 🙂 I completely understand when you say that the writing can get a bit tedious. That's my main complaint in all of SJM's books I've read so far. Great review!


  2. Yeah 🙂 I've heard some mixed reviews and I agree with all of them but I felt like the good outweighed the bad for me. I hope you enjoy it as well! Thanks for stopping by, Genni!Laura @BlueEyeBooks


  3. YES I am so glad that you loved Rhys' and Feyre's romance in this one! I did too! However I've seen a lot of reviewers say it felt cheesy or boring (probably because it lacks the build-up that went on in ACOMAF). However I LOVED seeing them happy and together and mutually respectful, and that there doesn't ALWAYS have to be drama or struggle in a romantic relationship for it to be compelling. Honestly I could read about Rhys and Feyre doing completely boring things and still be completely engaged haha! Also, totally on point what you said about SJM avoiding middle-book syndrome. In fact, I'd say that the middle book is the BEST book in this series!


  4. I feel the same way! I loved just seeing them together and feeling around the new dynamic that comes with both being married and also governing together! I agree! ACOMAF is my favorite book in the series 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Cristina!


  5. I've been meaning to pick up this series for so long. I've heard so many good things about it and since it's still getting such good reviews three books in I think I'll have to now!Erika @ Living for the Books


  6. Ahhhhh. This book. I loved it. I need to bring my thoughts together enough to write a review! I haven't written a proper review for any of these books so I might have to do a series review rather, especially since I want to have no spoilers… Argh. I don't know what to do. There's so much I want to talk about and yet… SPOILERS. :DI'm glad you enjoyed it so much (as did I!) and great review!


  7. I feel your pain! I haven't been able to write a review for ACOMAF yet because it's my favorite book in the series and I can't bring myself to write a coherent review! I recommend just giving up and writing the spoilers to your heart's content 🙂 Just give in and write a spoiler review! I look forward to reading your review and thanks for stopping by, Di!


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