A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Mass – My Review

“It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it – not be broken by it.”

― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin

My Quick Review: This was a fantastic ending to the ACOTAR main trilogy, full of suspense and emotion. The development of Feyre throughout this book in particular was spectacular. Not only did she come to terms with her abilities and new found strength, but most importantly she kept her compassion and kindness. The end of this book was heartbreaking but beautiful, and I honestly couldn’t have wished for a better finale.

Category: YA Fantasy

Age Rating: 15+

Pages: 705

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Tropes: Retelling

Characters: RhysandFeyreLucienTamlinNesta ArcheronElain ArcheronCassian, Azriel, Amren, Mor

Literary AwardsGoodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2017) and Nominee for Best of the Best (2018)

Trigger Warnings: Blood, death, emotionally abusive relationship (past, referenced), violence, war

Synopsis:

FEYRE WILL BRING VENGEANCE.

She has left the Night Court – and her High Lord – and is playing a deadly game of deceit. In the Spring Court, Tamlin is making deals with the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees, and Feyre is determined to uncover his plans. But to do so she must weave a web of lies, and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As mighty armies grapple for power, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

BUT WHILE WAR RAGES, IT IS HER HEART THAT WILL FACE THE GREATEST BATTLE.

“I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one part that I do not love with everything I am.”

― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin

My review (may contain slight spoilers and spoilers for the first two books in this series):

This review will contain spoilers for the end of A Court of Mist and Fury. If you have not read it, then look away now!

After sacrificing herself at the end of ACOMAF, Feyre ends up back at the spring court with Tamlin and Lucien. To ensure the safety of those she truly loves, Feyre has to play a game of deceit to ensure Tamlin truly believes her innocence. I absolutely loved the beginning of this book. It was incredible to finally see Feyre in all her glory. She was so strong and empowered, and well.. just an all round badass really.

Sarah J. Mass had a way of connecting characters in a scene that completely overwhelms me emotionally. After escaping the spring court, the reunion between Feyre and the inner circle of the night court brought me to tears, and not many other books have done that in the past. That being said however, I don’t enjoy every character in the night court. I honestly just hate Nesta’s character so much. I find her confrontational style incredibly forced and unnecessary. I have no empathy for her character, and to be honest, I don’t have much for Elain either. I think it will take a lot of reconciliation from both sisters towards Feyre for me to truly enjoy their characters. I am hoping that will happen in A Court of Silver Flames, but we shall see!

The ending to this book was phenomenal in my opinion. It was heartbreaking and painful to read at times, but so epic and emotional. I felt like each characters development and story was resolved beautifully. I really enjoyed seeing more of Pyrnthian as well, and getting more involved with the other high lords of each court was brilliant. Each high lord was written so differently, making a nicely rounded group full of contrasting personalities.

Conclusion: This was a fantastic ending to the main ACOTAR trilogy. I have completely fallen in love with so many of the characters throughout this series. Sarah J. Mass’ writing style makes me so emotional, and I connect to the characters so strongly that I feel like I truly know them. The world that she has created is beautiful, I just wish we could have seen more of it throughout this series. The emotional connections between the characters are very well developed and thought through. This book has been much more plot driven than character driven, so my favourite in the series is still ACOMAF, but this book was a very close second. Absolutely fantastic.

5/5

“Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.”

― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin

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