A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third installment of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. This review will have a lot of SPOILERS. If you do not want to be spoiled, then I suggest you do not read this review.
Once again, Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, only this time she isn’t there to be with Tamlin. She is there to tear his court apart from the inside out. Playing a dangerous game, she must convince not only Tamlin to trust her, but those around him too so she can gather the information that she and her mate need to save not just Prythian, but the whole world.
As war approaches, Feyre is forced to confront the High Lords, reveal her new title, and search for additional allies. Sometimes the monster hidden in the dark is exactly who is needed to win the war. Feyre and Rhysand risk everything they hold dear in order to defeat the invading king, but will it be enough?
I did not face the same problem with A Court of Wings and Ruin as I did with the first two in the series. I was hooked from the moment I picked it up, which was about five minutes after I put down A Court of Mist and Fury. I NEEDED to know what was about to happen and if my bat babies were going to be alright.
(LAST WARNING FOR SPOILERS)
I was cheering Feyre on the entire time she was in the spring court. My hatred for Tamlin at this point was beyond belief and I giggled every time a new part of Feyre’s plan was revealed.
When the reunion finally happened, I was so happy with the way it occurred. I loved the moment she had with Cassian because Cassian is honestly Feyre’s best friend. While she loves Mor, Azriel, and Amren, her and Cassian just have a bond and I love that they were able to have that moment together.
I loved the way the tension and chaos were built and then the way everything fell apart in this book. The events that occurred in this book were foreshadowed in the first book, which brought all the tiny pieces that I had forgotten about to the surface and they all fit together perfectly.
There was quite a bit of growth with Elain and Nesta in this book, but I have to say I still hate them. While Elian is a little easier to forgive for her treatment of Feyre when she was human, Nesta kills me. She is a horrible older sister. What kind of sisters let the youngest one take on all the responsibility and go out into the woods alone?
My biggest disappointment with this book was the decision that Maas made about Mor. I don’t know where that was always the plan or not, but it did not feel natural to me. I heard rumors that Maas felt pressured by fans to include characters from the LGBTQ+ community and that was the reason for Mor’s coming out. Whether this is the case or not, I don’t know. Whatever the truth is, I think this could have been done better. I have no problem with Mor’s sexuality either way, but I wanted it to be handled better.
I enjoyed being able to read about the war and the different battles. Sacrifices were made by most of the main characters in one way or another.
When Rhys died, I had to put down the book I was crying so hard. (Have I mentioned that I am in love with him?) I did not know if I was going to be able to finish the book. I was crushed. Obviously, I did since you can’t just stop reading a book over something like that, but still.
I have to admit that I was extremely happy that none of the main characters died, or well no one stayed dead since two of them did die. I know that Feyre’s father died and stayed dead, but I did not feel his loss. In the entire trilogy, we only really see him for a few chapters in the first book and I hate him for most of it.
Overall, I still love this series so much. I love the way things played out and I loved the ending. I gave A Court of Wings and Ruin 5 out of 5 stars and HIGHLY recommend this series to EVERYONE!