A Court of Wings & Ruin (A Court of Thorns & Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Published May 2, 2017 by Bloomsbury
Genres Fantasy, YA
**THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ THE BOOK!!**
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. 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.
**I SAY AGAIN, DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK BECAUSE THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!**
I normally do not post spoilers in any of my reviews, because I personally enjoy reading other bloggers reviews prior to reading or deciding to read a book. However, I just can’t do that with this serious because it is one of my all time favorite series, if not my favorite. This book was everything I hoped it would be and more. To be honest, I somehow missed the memo that this was the last book from Feyre’s POV and I didn’t realize it was a trilogy, because Maas announced the other 3 books and 2 novellas. And I didn’t figure this out until about a week ago, so I admit I was a bit scared about this series would end. But I can tell you I absolutely loved it. Before I get into specifics, I just want to say that overall, the plot in this book is complex and amazing. Every time I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen, something changed or it went in a slightly different direction. And I feel that with every book in this series, one I finish it and understand how all the different, little pieces and characters are connected, I immediately want to re-read it after everything kind of clicks into place.
One of this things that I not only love about this series, but this book in particular are the characters. I adore Feyre and have love watching her grow from what she was in the first book to what she became in this one. She has overcome so much and came out the other side stronger. And of course, I adore Rhysand. I love how throughout the book, there would be a serious moment and he would slide a joke right in, it was perfect. In fact, I love the humor and banter between all of the characters throughout the book, especially Cassian and Mor. I laughed out loud many times during this book from the little jokes and comments from all the characters. I also love Azriel and Amren. We got to know Nesta and Elain better in this book as well, though their personalities definitely carried over from human to fae. Especially Nesta. One of the reasons I love Maas’s writing so much is although this story is told from Feyre’s perspective, I really felt like I got to know so much more about Cassian, Mor, Azriel and Amren in this series. So although of course, my main focus in these books is Feyre and Rhysand, I truly do love the other 4 main characters and would be very happy to read any books from their POV in the future.
Because I have so many thoughts and feelings about this book, I am going to write this review a bit different, so that it isn’t 10 pages long. Here are some of the the things that I adored (and made me cry) in this book (these are in no particular order):
-I love Cassian. I love the way he interacts with everyone and I was so happy with the scene where he first appears. I really hope to see a book focusing on him.
-The moment when Feyre winnows into the townhouse in Velaris and hears Rhysand’s voice for the first time in a month. This brief scene is one of my favorite’s in the book.
-Rhysand taking Feyre to the library and explaining that he created it as a safe haven for abused women to work as priestesses in peace and safety.
-We get to know so much more about Rhysand and his past in this book. He really does truly love his family and does so many kind things that no one ever knew about. Which we know he kept hidden on purpose, but still.
-The humor between Mor, Azriel, Cassian, Feyre and Rhysand I absolutely adore. The way the interact is perfect.
-Azriel punching Eris in the face at the meeting with all the courts. It was perfect because he always contains himself and I have just been waiting for that moment.
-The Bone Carver appearing to Feyre as her future son with Rhysand. I’m going to need some sort of novella in the future that gives us a glimpse at their future life.
-Elaine being a Seer was an interesting.
-The way Cassian and Nesta interact throughout this book made me laugh a lot. Except in that final battle, that was pretty epic.
-That Tamlin ends up helping Feyre in the end of the book and tells her to be happy, after the way he acted at the meeting with the courts.
-I loved getting an insight into all the other courts, even though The Night Court is of course my favorite.
-Amren being unleashed during the battle, but also getting a happy ending afterwards.
-Amren slapping and yelling at Feyre during the final battle made my laugh.
-Rhysand speech before the final battle to his family. Oh my gosh.
-Rhysand willing to sacrifice himself to save not only his family, but his people.
-Feyre trying to create a new and peaceful world at the end and realizing that she couldn’t go through life hating anyone, Tamlin included and forgives him.
-The very healthy relationship that Rhysand and Feyre have made together. The fact that he not only treats her as his equal, but lets her make her own decisions, even if they are sometimes mistakes.
-The final battle was pretty epic.
-The fact that both Rhysand and Feyre had the same ideas about how to help the battle and kept it as a secret/surprise from each other until it was needed.
-Feyre learning to shape shift herself wings and learning to fly.
I could probably continue this list on and on but I won’t. I absolutely loved this book, it was amazing. I love how all of the characters are broken or over coming major issues throughout the book. I like characters that aren’t perfect and are actually realistic and I can relate even when they are fae. I loved watching Feyre change from the first book to the last and all the progress she made along the way. I adore Rhysand, absolutely adore and although this trilogy is finished, I really hope that we get to see more of them in the future. Maas hasn’t announced who the other 3 books/2 novellas will focus on, but I have to believe that she loves her fans enough to give us at least a little about their future together. I do have to say that I was disappointed when we found our that Mor and Azriel would not end up together, but obviously it wasn’t meant to be. I hope that in the future books, we see them finding happiness/their mates. I am also hoping to see a book focused on either Cassian, Mor or Azriel, that would please me very much. I felt that the book left a lot of things open ended for just that reason (i.e. the mortal queens, Cassian & Nesta, Azriel/Elaine/Lucien I can’t seem to figure out what is going on there, etc.) I also felt that Maas did create a more diverse environment in this book compared to the first two books in this series. Overall, I absolutely adored this book and I adore all the characters in it. This review might be a little unorganized but I really, really loved this book and think that Maas did any amazing job with it. I look forward to finding out who she plans on focusing the remaining books on.