“A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.”
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.
Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 705
Publishing Date: May 2nd, 2017
(I kept contemplating whether or not I wanted to post a review for A Court of Wings and Ruin because I read it so long ago but I decided I should since I’ve reviewed literally every single Sarah J. Maas book that I’ve read so far and I don’t want to end that reviewing streak.)
I had so many high hopes for this novel, I truly did. A Court of Mist and Fury was so good. So good. It’s quite possibly one of the best books I’ve read and I’m complete Sarah J. Maas trash but, to be completely honest, this wasn’t my favorite book by her. I felt like the plot was all over the place, the writing felt so repetitive, and the last 100 pages are what I’m most grateful for because those pages are what saved the entire novel.
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
I’m going to keep the rest of this review rather short because I think so many other reviewers have captured my thoughts completely. (And I… read this a few months ago so… I can’t go into as much detail as I usually would when reviewing a novel. Haha. Oops.) The plot itself started exactly where I wanted it to start and once the pacing finally fell into a good rhythm I was absorbed within the novel immediately. Feyre and Lucien were off trying to escape and I couldn’t set the book down and I was so ready for action to happen. But then… once Feyre reunited with Rhys and was back in Velaris… the pacing slowed down again. And I don’t know, I just felt as if most of the plot was forced, over-exaggerated, and/or extremely repetitive. The characters turned somewhat bland and I really only liked two or three characters and their development in this book. There were elements evident within the novel that I didn’t like at all (slut-shaming, offensive stereotypes revolving around bisexuality, certain phrases and words that I legitimately cannot handle anymore (can someone add up the number of times the word mate is used in this book please because I bet it’s used a lot), the expectation that Feyre had to have sex with Rhys like what even was that???, so. many. plot holes.) and they began to pile up and make me really dislike a hefty chunk of this book.
Even with all of those critiques, I did love certain aspects of this novel a lot. It’s a Sarah J. Maas book so of course there will be parts that I absolutely adore. As I previously mentioned, the relationship between Rhys and Feyre had moments that I didn’t enjoy much (*cough*the abhorrent amount of love scenes*cough*) but seeing them back together did warm my heart and I don’t think I could ever not ship them because I’ve grown to love them so much. There were some new characters introduced who I really liked and of course there was some witty dialogue that I couldn’t get enough of. The ending of this novel is what made me give it 4 stars. I was nearing a 3 star rating towards the middle of the novel but then those last 150 to 100 pages hit and I was a complete and utter mess and I finally felt like I was reading that sequel to ACOMAF that I was anxiously waiting for for all of those months.
“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”
In further regards to the LGBTQIA+ representation within this novel, I don’t feel it’s my place to say whether or not it’s accurate or positive or negative as I’m not a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. I’ve seen a lot of mixed opinions from those who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community so, with that being said, please go read/watch some own voices reviews in regards to the representation in this book. I definitely recommend Jenna’s review and Hailee’s review!
Overall, I feel like the majority of this book underwhelmed me and it’s likely because ACOMAF had heightened my expectations so much. Sarah’s novels are definitely addictive once you start reading them, but I think certain parts of them and the styles of writing that she uses can get repetitive and particular plot points can get unbelievably cheesy and frustrating. I’m sure some readers loved this novel… and some hated it… and some are on the fence like I am. And I think that’s completely okay because that’s what novels are for; we all have the opportunity to form our own opinions about them. This book just didn’t give me what I wanted so desperately and it left me rather disappointed (although the ending was very satisfying for me personally and it left me in a puddle of tears). This trilogy had so many ups and downs and positives and negatives and that has left me with so many mixed opinions. However, while I have so many scattered thoughts about these books, I do know that I really love the cast of characters that Sarah created within this magical fantasy world and they’ll always be some of my favorites. A Court of Mist and Fury is still one of my all-time favorite books and I’m interested to see what Sarah will do with this world in the next three spin-off novels that she’s writing.
“One life may change the world.”
(leaning a bit towards 3.5-ish stars, but not sure yet)
So, have you read A Court of Wings and Ruin? What did you think about it? Comment below and let me know what your thoughts are regarding this novel!