Sunday, April 30, 2017

REVIEW: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: High Fantasy, Romance, YA/NA
Rating: 5/5
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 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. 

My Review

(This review is spoiler free)
My heart hurts.

This book was just everything I wished for and more. It made me laugh, made me cry, made me feel the thrill of the constant battle, both physical and psychological. And it made me love, each and every one of the characters in this series. There were some I did not expect to like, let alone fall in love with. And there were some I hated to love, knowing their faults and what they've done before. But sympathy is something that I cannot control, and ultimately, these characters deserved it in the end. Mine and everyone else's sympathy. 

Despite knowing that I would love this book anyway because Ms. Sarah J. Maas is just such a brilliant writer, she still did not and has not failed to surprise me with every new book she releases. I do have to say, Wings and Ruin is definitely my absolute favourite of this series though, only because the depth of this book no longer surrounds itself with just the development of the characters or the building of the world like the previous two were. Instead, ACOWAR targeted something I love the most: war

War is a topic I find the most interesting in any genre, whether it is physical or metaphysical, whether it is between two continents or just one person inside their head. War is something that changes a person greatly, and in the end, Ms. Maas has done it so so right. Her characters were brilliant, and I loved seeing them battle their way through so many obstacles. There were many times when I started crying because I thought there was no way out, and believe me I cried a lot while reading this book. But they made it every time. Feyre was amazing, I felt like she has grown so much since the first book, and has secured herself into the role of High Lady of the Night Court. Her character is one I really respect. She is realistic, strong when needed be and weak when she can't control it. She is human, and she is also fae, but the one thing she is most to me, is Hope. She is a character who provided everyone with so much hope, and the character who I'm about to bring up is one that really needed that hope, given by our protagonist. 

The Bone Carver.

If you've read the previous book, you would've met the Bone Carver in the Prison, where he carves death into bones (hence the name). Of course, at that time I just thought of him to be a powerful character, one that no one can control and ultimately ignore simply because he is too powerful to take on. But here, in ACOWAR, I actually loved his character. I can't really say much without giving away spoilers, but his character is just simply one I cannot and will not forget. For what he represents, for who he represents, especially to Feyre. He is Death seeking death. The Bone Carver, to me, is the true definition of hope set free, one given by Feyre herself. 

Of course, despite me writing all of this talking about war and the Bone Carver, I can't forget our little inner circle family. Feyre, Rhysand, Morrigan, Cassian, Azriel and Amren. This little tight-knit family who risked everything, their own lives, just for a speck of hope of happiness. They made me laugh with their bickering, and they made me cry with the turmoil that constantly wrecks their heads and hearts. Love, trust and loyalty. This family is just beautiful, and it makes me ache because I finished this book and won't see them again unless they turn up sometime in the sequel (which is unlikely since they're going to be set in different timelines, but a girl can hope). 

ACOWAR, overall, made my heart beat from the beginning, made it roar during the journey, and shredded it to bits by the end. Internal conflicts and external battles, either driven by pride, selfishness or love, made me sweat while reading. I wish the book was bigger, maybe only by a few pages (just so I could find out where Bryaxis went, but again, probably unlikely to happen). I really did not want this journey to end, and although there are three more sequels, it won't be around Feyre and Rhysand. I am sad because of that, but I am still excited for Ms. Maas future books either way. 

I loved this book. So much. 

(P.S. don't forget the Suriel, he has a special place in my heart too.)

(P.S.S. I just wanted to also say, I forgive Tamlin. No matter what he did before, what he said at the end is one I will remember.)

About The Author

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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