YA-review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third installment in the A Court of series and it’s the last story that is told by Feyre. It marks the epic conclusion in the conflict with Hybern. You can read my reviews for A Court of Thorns and Roses and  A Court of Mist and Fury by clicking on the links.

Be warned that the books can’t be read out of order and that if you haven’t read the two earlier books, you really shouldn’t read this review because it’s a dead giveaway for some of the things that happened earlier and in particular, one really big one!

The story
The story that was started in the two preceding books, reaches its epic climax in A Court of Wings and Ruin. In a way it reaches full circle, because Feyre is back at the Spring Court after the dramatic conclusion of the last book.

Though she’s not back with Tamlin, but there as a spy to destroy the Spring Court from the inside and gather intel on Hybern’s movements. She has to content with Hybern and Ianthe and keep Lucien and Tamlin from finding out what she doing. Until it all goes wrong.

All the while, the threat that is Hybern keeps growing and can only be defeated if all the courts work together, but the question is, will that be possible?

The writing
The story is told third person from Feyre’s point of view, with a chapter here or there that is told by Rysand. The author has a way with words and she keeps you on the edge of your seat with her writing. You find out a lot alongside feyre, but at the same time the other characters in the story are not just flat story fillers. She creates this full, well balanced story with her writing.

The characters
In A Court of Wings and Ruin you see all the favorites again, but now you also get to see more of the other courts and I really liked what I saw. Here’s hoping we see more of Helion in the future and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of the Winter Court!

Throughout the three books, all the characters grow and become more then they were. Even Feyre’s sisters.

The plot
In the third books everything comes to a close, but not before some epic events. There are a lot of loose end to tie off and it is done well. The story is substantial, but it never gets boring or dragging on.

It was good to see Feyre grow into her role as Rhysand’s mate and High Lady. It’s a world of difference from the first book in the series and in this instalment, I even liked her.

There are many different plot angles here that also focussed on the secondary characters. You see the friendship between the Feyre & co change and evolve and grow and I definitely liked Morrigan’s angle. There is a story there.

Despite all the ends that were wrapped up, there are still a few left open and it’s a clear set up for the novellas that will follow.

My opinion
I was surprised by how much I liked this series. There was a lot of talk about this book online and a lot of people love this series (clear understatement). I was hesitant to start this, thinking I would fall into another Twilight trap, but I couldn’t be more wrong.

This book is more focussed on the action and the battle, while the previous book had more romantic undertones.

Then there was the diversity in this book. It was subtle, but nicely done.

All in all, I liked this conclusion of Feyre’s story and I’m looking forward to reading the novella.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Cover A Court of Wings and Ruin
A Court of
Sarah J. Maas
Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
May 2, 2017
699
My personal library

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 manoeuvrings 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.

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