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.
My Rating: 5 Stars
Alright ladies and gents, in the interest of painting a picture of the emotional turmoil this book put me through, I am going to admit something pretty embarrassing. A Court of Wings and Ruin gave me, a grown ass woman, a pretty serious asthma attack. The last 100 pages of this book got me so worked up that I actually had to keep my emergency inhaler on the bed next to me while I read. An attractive scene to imagine, I’m sure.
Now, those of you who have been following me from the beginning (so basically just my mom and grandma…) know that the second book in this series, A Court of Mist and Fury was the very first book I ever reviewed. In that review, I declared Rhysand my book husband – a title I am proud to say he still maintains. I had no idea it was possible to love him as a character more than I did in ACOMAF, but it certainly is. Although I adore Feyre as a lead and think she is a complete badass, I lived for the scenes containing Rhysand. The two of them together are the epitome of the perfect couple. Somehow, in the midst of a action filled fantasy novel, Maas managed to make their relationship feel incredibly real. They didn’t always agree, and didn’t withhold their opinions to placate one another, but they always treated each other as true equals.
Because I know that SJ Maas fans will hunt me down with torches for divulging even the tiniest of spoilers, I will make the remainder of my review relatively brief. ACOWAR was brilliantly laid out and full of clever strategizing, nerve-wracking battle scenes, broken and reforged alliances, and romance that brought literal tears to my eyes on multiple occasions. It was great to learn more about Prythian and its rich backstory – I look forward to seeing more from the High Lords introduced in the books to come, and can already tell who my favorites will be.
Maas absolutely set the scene for the continuation of this series. While the book didn’t end on a cliffhanger by any means, there are still plenty of loose ends to tie up, so much more plot to write. I will admit, though I have loved reading this story through the eyes of Feyre (and occasionally Rhys), I hope that the series continues with a different narrator. I personally would love to get into Nesta’s head, to see the world and its upcoming events as perceived through her cunning eyes.
To those of you who have never picked up a book by Sarah J Maas, I can honestly say you are greatly missing out. Her Throne of Glass series, although a little harder to get into at the beginning, is equally thrilling and captivating. I highly recommend all of her books for fans of fantasy books, particularly the works of Cassandra Clare, VE Schwab and Leigh Bardugo.
My Takeaway: A Court of Wings and Ruin was my most anticipated book of 2017, and I am beyond happy to say that it did not disappoint.