All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
Welcome back. I’m doing a book review today, on a series I adore for many reasons. Sarah J Maas is my favourite author, which came became apparent to me after I’d read the first few books in her ‘Throne of Glass’ series. Go read her books if you haven’t yet.
Just as a bit of a disclaimer, this will be have several more spoilers than my Goodreads review, since the book has been out for a little while now. However, if you’re like me and have a massive TBR pile (what bookworm doesn’t??) which includes ACOWAR, then please read the book first.
Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Part of a trilogy/series: Yes, book 3 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Original publication date: May 2nd 2017 (UK and USA)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Read May 2017)
As that review is quite long, I’ll turn this into a snap-shot version. After reading ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’, I kept thinking about it, even after reading various other books, so was beyond thrilled to finally buy ACOWAR. As well as nervous about how things would end.
1. Feyre now as High Lady of the Night Court. Also, she wears some amazing dresses.
2. Lucien and Feyre’s friendship. And Lucien in general. Though Feyre messing around with Tamlin and Lucien in the Spring Court was hilarious.
3. Feyre returning to the Night Court and their reunion. (Why can’t the Inner Circle and Velaris just be real????) The fact that Feyre and Rhys are mates makes me happy every time I think about it.
4. Feyre and Lucien Court hopping. Then Cassian and Azriel turning up in the Winter Court being wonderful and amazing. And fully healed. I’m pretty certain I cried.
5. The other Courts. Seeing both glimpse into them and meeting the other High Lords. Extra love for Tarquin in removing the blood rubies.
6. The one throne only in the Court of Nightmares scene- and the way Rhys and Feyre just owned the whole thing. Brilliant.
7. Viviane and Mor’s friendship. Viviane is a great character and I liked her pretty much immediately. Hope we see more of her in the future.
8. The immense amount of diversity in ACOWAR. Particularly with a main character which I did not see coming.
9. The Suriel, Weaver and Bone Carver returning. As well as seeing the library and meeting Bryaxis.
10. Ianthe getting what she deserved. And the whole of Hybern, really.
11. Tamlin redeeming himself a little bit made me remember that ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ happened and I didn’t always hate his guts.
12. Nesta and Elain’s transformations and what they deal with in being made High Fae.
13. The general banter of the Inner Circle. Lucien’s awkwardness was great, but I did feel sorry for him. I hope he can integrate himself there further.
14. Amren being her usual scary and awesome self. She did almost give me a heart attack- as did Rhys- but I’m willing to overlook that now on both accounts. (See point 18.)
15. Feyre and Mor in Adriata- and getting to actually, finally, see Mor fighting.
16. Realising just how much of a journey Feyre has gone on, and how much all of the characters have changed and developed.
17. Finally meeting Miryam, Drakon, Nephelle and their gang. Yay!!
18. Having everyone safe and alive. Just going to leave it with a quote from Azriel, which took me a few moments to believe was true: “It’s real.”
19. How the Court of Dreams have helped me personally. Whether that is through the things they’ve said or how they’ve looked out for each other, this series has let me deal with my mental health issues more and bring acceptance to that part of me. For which I’m grateful to Sarah J. Maas for writing these characters.
20. The series will be continuing!!
However, I did quite a bit of crying, as to be expected from these books. I couldn’t even see to read during Rhys’ pre-war speech to his family.
Also, when Cassian and Nesta faced the King of Hybern, there was a moment where I genuinely thought Cassian was dead…which hurt a lot. Similarly with Rhys and Amren.
Please again see point 18 on the list above and how glad I am of it.
These points are not exhaustive and there is plenty more I could add, but basically it deserves the five stars Goodreads allow. More actually, but unfortunately, there isn’t that option. If you haven’t read it yet- or even the whole series so far- I highly recommend doing so.
I’ve loved the first three books in Feyre’s POV. While we don’t yet know a lot about how the series will continue, I’m sure that the other books- and novellas- will be just as great.
Thanks for reading this post. Comment below if you’ve read the book/series. All the best.