A Court of Wings and Ruin
by Sarah J Maas
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.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Publication: May 2, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
Finally, the end, and boy what a surprise I got! A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas might be the book I disliked the least out of the series. Of course, we got more Nesta, but more importantly, we got more action, more everything else. Though, I must warn, the reason I enjoyed this the best out of the series might also have to do with the fact that I wasn’t invested in it anymore. I stopped hoping this would be amazing, read a million spoilers, was convinced it would be horrible, then skim-read the entire thing, finishing in 3 hours.
Maas finally cut out the pity party starts she’s had with the first two books, delving straight into subterfuge and revenge instead. Such a refreshing change of pace that just continues through the book. The focus seems to have changed from being Feyre and Rhys, to hey, there are other characters and people here too and maybe we should give them some page time. This made the story quite fast-paced and much more enjoyable.
The characters… were interesting. Nesta is back and better than ever. She’s still the only reason I don’t regret this series. Still the saving grace for me. I might consider borrowing a book about Nesta from the library if she gets a spin-off (never buying a Maas book again after this series). What boggles my mind is how Maas can develop Nesta so well, yet stumble so horribly with other characters. Namely, Mor. Mor, who has been a strong, independent character that does have vulnerabilities but fights with elegance, was now reduced to a shadow of her former self. Indeed, her character felt so different from what she was in the previous book, it was jarring. Then, there was what she was put through by her so-called ‘family.’ Yes, I’m talking about the inner circle. She was put in situations where her well-being was a not even an after-thought. The situation with Az is squicky for the main reason that we have a ‘best friend’ who makes Mor so uncomfortable she will sleep with random men. We have someone who became That Guy™ but are still supposed to like him? Be okay with him? Feel sorry for him? No, thank you.
The ending, not a letdown since I already had low expectations, but not amazing either. I think one of the biggest flaws is that Maas didn’t want to tie everything up. Not that she necessarily needs to, but it very much felt like the way it was written was simply to set up the spin-off novels coming next year. It didn’t feel like the focus was on the current fight, the current struggle.
There’s a lot more I can say about A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas, and expect to hear it during the Pages and Pause Screen podcast for it next week, May 17th. That said, this book is sure to polarize fans of the series, though I’m sure there’s nothing that I, or anyone else, can say to keep the rabid fangirls from picking it up.