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.
“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”
Would it be bad to say that A Court of Wings and Ruin ruined me?
The book picks up right where ACOMAF ended, with Feyre having been crowned High Lady of the Night Court, yet returned to the Spring Court, deceiving Tamlin and all his courtiers, and poised to make them crumble from the inside out. Meanwhile, the King of Hybern is gathering an army, ready to destroy the Wall and take over the human lands. For any slim shot of survival, the seven courts of Prythian, still broken and recovering from Amarantha’s reign, must form unlikely alliances to fight for the world as they know it.
It was so amazing to see Feyre as High Lady in this book! She wielded so many powers, and she wielded them so well! Looking back, her character growth from ACOTAR to here is truly amazing; from a meek human girl to one of the most badass female characters I’ve ever read about! There were some things she did that I didn’t entirely agree with, especially with regards to Tamlin, but the fact that she is able to face herself for all her strengths and weaknesses is amazing.
And Rhysand! He’s just as swoony in this book as he was in the processor. It’s amazing to see his strength as he fights in the war, just like he fought in the last War, and is willing to sacrifice so much for his friends and family, and for everything he believes in.
There was unnecessary explicit sex again in this book, but aside from that, I really loved the scenes between Feyre and Rhys where they were just there for each other when they were in pain and awww. The use of the word “mate” bothered me slightly though. (Especially when they called each other “mate” and I was like ok Australia g’day mate xD).
The action in this book was so intense and amazing! I really loved the action scenes/fight scenes/battle scenes, and think that Maas did an amazing job of writing them (Cassian!). Especially the final battle scene at the end of the book… it was so intense omg and I had no idea what was going to happen and I was so scared on behalf of all the characters!!
I do think that the ending of the book was rather unrealistic though. It felt a little too neat for the huge and dangerous ordeal that it was made out to be through the entire book.
The world building was phenomenal. I really really loved getting to see the other courts in this book! It was probably my favorite part, seeing how they all interacted and how different they were! They all felt pretty fleshed out, as well. Really loved that meeting scene. I hope we get to see more of the other courts in the following books because Spring and Night are just not enough for this girl.
Once again, the supporting characters were so awesome! I do wish that Lucian had been in this book more because I really really liked him! Tbh I’ve had a soft spot for Lucian ever since book one, and think that Maas is making him irrelevant because he’s Spring Court, but I love him!
Of course I love Cassian even more. Okay okay he and Nesta are giving me LIFE! There was so much tension between them they might have even been more interesting than Feyre and Rhys (ok maybe not…). And Feyre’s sisters were in this book so much more than the first two, and given such distinct personalities that I just loved!
I also thought that the beginning of this book dragged a little. I don’t really think that it needed to be so huge, since not too much was really going on in the first part. (Side note why 699 why not just 700 so I can say I read a 700 page book??? xD). However, the middle/end of the book seemed like it just flew by, and so much was happening and, like, the world was exploding (not literally lol but maybe it felt like that ok let me have my emotions) and it was so intense and amazing!!!
Overall, like many others, I really really liked this book, thought not quite as much as I liked ACOMAF. Much better than ACOTAR, though! And overall, all three books combined, this was an amazing trilogy–one of my favorites for sure–and I can’t wait to see the series continue with ACOFAS and beyond!!!!!! (pls make the next books about Nesta and Cassian for my life to be complete xxx).
4 out of 5 glittering stars
You can also read my review on Goodreads here (note: there are some spoiler points hidden on Goodreads not in this review).