Hey there Bookwyrms! It’s Sunday which means another re-read review! If you haven’t had a chance, I recommend checking out my ACOTAR re-read review and ACOMAF re-read review, before starting this one!
As a reminder, this review is more so for people who’ve actually read the book rather than an introduction to the series in general. If that doesn’t interest you, I won’t feel offended if you choose not to continue reading!
A Court of Wings and Ruin
Rating: 🌴🌴🌴🌴.75/ 5
Genre: YA/NA Fantasy
Format: Physical & Audiobook
Synopsis – Goodreads
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
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 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.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
The Great: I forgot how much I relished in the tension that starts us (the readers) off on our journey through ACOWAR. If you haven’t finished ACOMAF then … I won’t spoil it! But just know that SHIT happens okay! Lots of it! So to start off, Feyre isn’t one of my favorite main characters but I was glad to see some of the Aelin-ish scheming again. I love that in Sarah J Maas’ stories the males aren’t the only masterminds. [spoiler] And to be honest it was great to see Feyre enact her revenge on the Spring Court.
Next, I was on the edge of my seat for the entirety of my most favorite scene in the entire book, the meeting of the High Lords! I mean come on, we’re finally fully introduced to all of them. And we even get to meet a few of the wives that we either scarcely saw Under the Mountain or not at all in the previous books. Not to mention a certain someone was bound to show up in a piss poor mood. (Tamlin … sorry not sorry) It was great to see them volley insults and negotiate. Heck it was just amazing to see them all ATM (Above the Mountain). But my two absolute favorite parts are; [SPOILERS!]
- Azriel kicking Eris’ (oldest son of the High Lord of Autumn) ass!
- Feyre annihilating Beron’s (High Lord of Autumn) ass for disrespecting her mate!
Ooohh I can’t wait for this series to either become a movie or show and I get to see that particular scene play out.
Finally, Rhysand’s speech to the Inner Circle before their final battle with Hybern. I cried ya’ll! Real tears streamed down my face as I listened to him tell each of them how much they meant to him and how he valued their friendship and their love. Oh I’m getting misty eyed just thinking about it all over again.
P.S. The Morrigan is also responsible for my second favorite quote in the series and from ACOWAR, “We’re all a broken, in our own ways – In places no one might see.”
The Good: Lucien finally not following Tamlin’s orders. That’s it. He’s been my best friend in my head from the start of the series and he was really starting to get on my nerves after the last few chapters of ACOMAF.
Also, [spoiler] Morrigan coming out to Feyre. I won’t say much more than this, I genuinely appreciated their friendship even more after that scene.
The not-so good: Although I was excited for a number of scenes, I forgot how putdownable ACOWAR is. Not to say that I wasn’t immersed in the story when I did pick it up or listen to it. But not as much as ACOMAF. In fact, this book took me the longest to re-read. I was invested in the big scenes, absolutely loved those minor scenes that were meant to tug on your heartstrings and just about died re-reading the final battle with Hybern. But I wasn’t as drawn to it as much I thought I’d be.
Overall, it was still a really good book. And I stand by my word that no one (i’m looking at you Elain) deserves Azriel! Except for me lol