I have loved Sarah J Maas’ ACOTAR series ever since I picked up the first book and this last instalment gave me just as many feels as the first two books. With just as much intrigue and badassery as was promised, A Court of Wings and Ruin is an epic conclusion to an amazing trilogy.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book and the previous books in the ACOTAR Trilogy (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
I had been waiting for this book since A Court of Mist and Fury came out last year and, not even joking, I started and finished the entire book the day it came out, it was just that good. It was full of crazy ups and downs, and I was laughing and crying and smiling like a lunatic. I couldn’t leave it alone!
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.
A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.
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.
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.
The stakes were never as high as they were in this book. Sarah truly knows what she’s doing when she writes about the dreadful and sometimes desperate decisions characters have to make when at war. With armies battling it out and the King of Hybern being the King of Hybern (insert exasperated eye roll), all our darling babies have to make some tough calls. It’s a big risk saying this but I think that ACOWAR might just be on the same level as The Lord of the Rings where the monumental battles and truly detestable villains are concerned.
All of the previously explored, or hinted at, relationships were explored in some way in this book and it was glorious! Unlike other YA novels, Sarah writes relationships how they are in real life. Just because two people are meant to be together, or the readers ship them so hard that they just can’t stand the wait, doesn’t mean that those two characters have to fall in love in the first five minutes and start tearing each other’s clothes off (this isn’t one of the raunchy romance novels I so love). The character development in this series is phenomenal and ACOWAR was no exception. With the introduction of some new characters, you get to see all your favourites in a new light and, as events unfold, get to see all of them flourish and grow as characters.
Character Appreciation/Disdain (Sometimes a rant but what can you do?)
Feyre: Oh our darling little spy! Kicking ass and taking names, I would not want to be on this chickies shit list!
Lucien: Oh the SASS!!! I forgot how awesome (mostly) he was in the first book (mainly because I refuse to re-read it because I hate Tamlin so much).
Ianthe and Tamlin: I thought I couldn’t hate someone more than Dolores Umbridge but Ianthe and Tamlin might’ve just surpassed her for being complete and utter horrendous individuals.
Amren and Rhysand: Holy Jesus AMREN! I see Rhysand’s self-sacrificing tendencies are rubbing off. Speaking of, way to give me a f***ing heart attack Rhys! JESUS!!! We all knew he had no qualms when it came to protecting his loved ones but he’s gone and taken it to a whole new level this time around.
Like ACOMAF, ACOWAR has some naughty bits throughout the book and if you’re like me and read raunchy romance novels then you won’t be shocked. If, however, that isn’t exactly your cup of tea then they probably aren’t too hard to skip over if necessary (but why would you want to? I mean, Rhys is an attractive man even if he is unfortunately fictional). Despite some people having said that the addition of SexyTimestm have made them like the series less, the more explicit scenes have been well used and well placed, and each has had a legitimate and often necessary purpose.
Despite the misgivings some individuals had about the book, and the negativity they were spreading around, I had high hopes for this book and wasn’t disappointed. It was beautifully written, with just the right amount of epic battles and sexual tension to catch and keep your interest right until the very last page. If you are a fan of Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, Maria V. Snyder’s Chronicles of Ixia, or Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet, then I highly suggest you give this a read and, hopefully, love it as much as I do.
Side Note on Negativity
There was a lot of negative backlash for this book due to the story arc’s for some characters. People were, and still are, disagreeing with the choices made by the author and saying that those particular characters would not act in the way they did. This got so bad as to have people bashing the book and giving it negative reviews before they had actually read it simply because other people had told them that the book was terrible.
I have read other reviews for this book where the reader/reviewer has picked apart the entire book and listed, in great detail, every single thing they thought was wrong with it. My response to these reviews was to read the book myself and make my own judgements, and guess what? I LOVED IT! People need to understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that forcing their opinion on people is not the right way to go. If they pick apart every book they read and complain about every little bit, then they are never ever going to truly enjoy a book ever in their lives.