Book: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy
My rating: 4 stars
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 and USA Today 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.
ACOWAR — as this book is affectionately known all over the interwebs — was an action-packed book. I rushed to the bookstore on May 2 to pick up a copy. I didn’t want to have to wait for a preorder to arrive in the mail. Many folks received their preorders early, but many other had to wait three or four days after release day for their copy to arrive. I wasn’t willing to take the risk.
As such, I picked it up on Tuesday afternoon as soon as my workday finished, and I achieved nothing else all week. I finished the book on Friday evening, after dedicated four evenings and three lunch breaks to it.
The book is full of scheming, verbal, intellectual, and physical battles, and of course, sexy times. In true Sarah J. Maas style, the story progresses at breakneck speed and the reader’s emotions go up and down over and over again.
A Court of Wings and Ruin picks up right after the intense ending of A Court of Mist and Fury, with Feyre back in Tamlin’s court.We are introduced to the other courts and some intriguing new characters. Alliances are formed. True motives are revealed.
All in all, it was fun read. Hence, why I sped through all 700 pages in 3.5 days.
Feyre grows into herself even more in this book. She’s badass. She’s snarky. She learns a lot. She also stands up for herself, which was nice to see.Lucien, I was glad to see, was redeemed a bit after his cop outs in the previous two books. I was sad when he basically disappears halfway through the story. Nesta and Elain are still fairly flat and annoying, but do play a little more into the story and have purposes. they even get a little bantering and romance. But, Maas could have done so much more with them. They could have been dynamic characters. I wanted more.
I knew, coming into this book, that Maas was going to toss us around. And she did. Boy, she did. It was one obstacle after another. One attack after another. One tender moment after another. It was twisty and turny and full of emotional ups and downs. Exactly what you want in this kind of read.
But — and I can’t not address this — there were a lot of coincidences that made things work and kept the story from tanking. The help they need happens to show up at just the right time (multiple times, at least four), characters are magically healed or come back to life over and over again, Feyre is able to find the Suriel in minutes without actually having to bait it or search really at all, the king of Hybern knows exactly who and what to use to defeat Nesta… I could go on.
Overall though, I enjoyed it. A lot.
But, I didn’t love it as much as I loved A Court of Mist and Fury. I didn’t feel the urge to start reading it again immediately. It was a satisfying enough ending, but not overwhelmingly so.
There were issues. It felt almost as thought Maas rushed while writing, not spending as much time as needed to work out the kinks, catch the bits that were repetitive or coincidental and fix them. And, to be honest, fix the awkward sentences. There were quite a few that snagged me because they just didn’t make sense.
Maas has said there will be “three more novels and two novellas set in the ACOTAR world, and a coloring book“. It will be interesting to see what characters and storylines are explored in those books, as ACOWAR is supposedly the end of Feyre and Rhysand’s story.
Have you read ACOWAR? What did you think?