Author: Sarah J. Maas
Related Words: fae, magic, war
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuvrings 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 bear down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords– and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
General Overview (Without Spoilers)
A Court of Wings and Ruin was a great read. It started out great, had the beginning we were expecting and fulfilled everything we wanted when we see Feyre enter the Spring Court. The pacing of the book was great, though there were some parts where I felt there was just too much going on to keep up. And there were just too much characters introduced that it was hard to get a one on one for each and every character.
The ending was a dramatic disappointment, I have to say. I felt it was too fast paced and too happy. For something like a war, it was a very abrupt conclusion and there was little to no time to process anything that happened. But overall, I enjoyed the book and it was a good conclusion to the series.
Full Review (*With Spoilers*)
The story starts off with Rhysand’s POV, two years before the wall. We see him in the middle of war, blooded and worried as he searches the mass of dead bodies for any familiar faces, and becomes relived when he doesn’t see any of his close friends.
The first chapter of the book then follows Feyre in the Spring Court, and we see her tricking Tamlin into believing that she wanted to be there. With a mask of friendliness, she easily plans to ruin his court.
We also see other characters come in. Jurian, the twins, and Ianthe. Feyre still has the bond with Rhys and communicates all that is going on in the meetings that they have, noting Hybern’s plans and positions.
Then when she thinks she has collected enough information, she returns home to the Night Court with Lucien in tow.
The beginning was great, and I loved how Feyre was putting on this fake mask to trick the people in the Spring Court. But I did feel it didn’t have that strong sense of importance to it. It was almost like she was there then she wasn’t. There wasn’t really a big show of it.
The reunion of Feyre and the inner cirlce, however, was great. And you could see the deep connection Feyre had made with them in ACOMAF pass on to ACOWAR.
From then on, many things happened. They go to the Bone Carver a couple of times, plan for war, interact with Feyre’s sisters, go to the meeting with all the High Lords, go to war, and defeat Hybern. With a lot of other tiny events in between.
I don’t have much to say about the middle section of the book, since there was a lot that happened, and it was building up to the ending. But I did enjoy seeing the Night Court more and the other courts as well. And the High Lords that were introduced were great since we got more of a sense of their characters and each court.
Now, the ending I had the most problem with. It was too fast. Feyre starts off with Amren to go to the Cauldron so she can nullify it, but she gets sucked into the Cauldron instead after Amren tricked her to go in. Then we see the downfall of the King of Hybern, when Elain and Nest stab and kill him together.
It was a very anti-climatic scene and I sort of wished there would have been more to it. I thought it was great that Elaine and Nesta go to kill him, since he was the one that turned them into Fae, but I wished other people could have been a part of the king’s killing too. It was very calm after everything that happened and it didn’t seem like a satisfying ending.
And let’s talk about Rhys’ death, because that was horrible in itself. When Rhysand died, it was the worst thing ever. But what was worse was how he came back. I mean I’m glad he’s still alive, but the way he came back was too cheesy and too happy.
The High Lords gave the dead Rhys each of their own powers, like they did to Feyre when she died Under the Mountain. And then, all of a sudden, Rhys is back.
It didn’t make sense, and what didn’t make sense even more was when everything seemed to be back to normal after Rhys’ revival. People acted like Rhys didn’t die, even Rhys himself, when we know that Feyre was traumatized after rising from the dead.
The ending as well was too happy, and it wasn’t satisfying at all. There wasn’t a lot of emotion there and it was like everything that had happened in the last 700 pages didn’t happen because everything was too happy. No one was traumatized, no one was injured, no one had really grown. That really bothered me since they had been through war, yet no one seemed to acknowledge that.
There was also a lot of questions left unanswered, such as if Elaine ended up with Lucien. There was not enough closure for me to feel excited about the ending of the book.
But overall, it was a good read. ACOMAF, in my opinion, is still the better book, and I’m looking forward to see how Sarah J. Maas will approach Prythian again with the upcoming books she will write.