Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: A Court of Wings & Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin
by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Published May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury

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 and USA Today 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.
A Court of Wings and Ruin was obviously going to RUIN me...I mean, it's right there in the title. Despite the fact that I have now read 9 books by Sarah J. Maas, this was the first series conclusion from her so honestly, I was a little worried because I didn't know what to expect. Would Maas destroy us? Clearly. Could she close off such a powerful series in a satisfying way? Likely. Was everyone going to die?  Likely.  Would I be rolled up in a ball at the end crying and screaming? Probably. So with all of those things in mind, I started ACoWaR with a mix of excitement/anticipation/anxiety that is now the norm when reading a Maas book and I hoped I'd survive to share my thoughts by the end.  And I did!

So, if I could describe A Court of Wings and Ruin in one word, it would be INTENSE. The stakes were already killer by the end of A Court of Mist and Fury. We knew what Feyre was walking into. We knew that there was a deadly war looming ever closer. We knew that some of our favorite characters had suffered horribly, and were likely to suffer much more by the end. You wouldn't think that things could get any more unbearable but Miss Sarah J. Maas was like: Oh yeah?!  Watch this! And then she proceeds to take things up a notch. And then another. Aaaand then another. Multiplied by a million. I didn't think I'd ever say that a book might be too intense but honestly, there were parts in ACoWaR where I just couldn't deal. It was all too much to bear.  The suspense truly felt like it was killing me.

As usual, beyond the crazy intensity of the plot, characters are where Maas shines, as well as the relationships that these characters build with one another. You end up loving EVERYONE in the heroes corner. You ship EVERYONE with EVERYONE and you WILL go down with ALL of the ships!  I actually ship some of these characters with more than one other character. Yup, I'm that messed up about these ships and I don't even care! #Iregretnothing

Plot-wise, there were plenty of surprises to be had in A Court of Wings and Ruin, plenty of twists that I didn't see coming...and a few that I did see coming but it didn't make them any less satisfying when they went down.  As far as the ending goes well, it was indeed explosive and harrowing but parts of it also fell flatter than I was expecting. I wasn't really underwhelmed but I feel like there was more potential here that ended up being wasted. I also could have done with a few extra chapters at the end - I didn't quite get enough closure for my liking.  I know that Maas is planning more books for the series but that doesn't mean I didn't want the events of this trilogy to have a more concrete conclusion.

The bottom line is that A Court of Wings and Ruin was a solid, explosive, thrilling and satisfying end to the trilogy, but it didn't quite live up to A Court of Mist and Fury for me, which remains my favorite out of the three books in the series. I'm ok with that though because I know we have more books to look forward to and hopefully at that point, the series will culminate into an ending worthier of these characters and their world.

Previously:

A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of Mist and Fury

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

8 comments:

  1. ACOMAF is still my favorite of the three but I sooooo adored this one as well. I was okay with the open stuff in the end mostly because I know its all probably going to be a part of the other stories she has to tell. I'm just glad I survived this one and that she gave us a satisfying conclusion. I also enjoyed badass high lady Feyre lol. Great review!

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  2. Huh, I never considered that before, but you're right, this IS the first conclusion from Maas that we're seeing. So I'm glad it was mostly satisfactory and you survived in the end! I'm in the midst of reading ACOMAF and really loving the direction it's taking.

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  3. I have yet to read any of Maas's books (I know---you can throw things at me now). I'm planning on reading this series, but I wasn't sure if it was going to be a trilogy or more---I'm glad to see that most things are wrapped up here (but there's room for more books!).

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  4. YES- I felt exactly the same about the ending (but is that really a surprise? XD)! There was something slightly...off about it? It's a conclusion in some ways, but yet there are multiple directions the series could still go in. ACoMaF is still my favorite, too, and probably set the bar for the rest of the series impossibly high, LOL.

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  5. I've never read a Maas book but man these are hot right now! I probably will read one at some point- same with Bardugo, I keep hearing how killer her stuff is. And fantasy is the best. These sound fun- glad you enjoyed it! It's always fun to have multiple shippages too lol.

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  6. I'm with you on this book! I was SO nervous going in. I thought destruction of my heart was pending. But again, the end was a little flat (but not disappointing). There was one twist that I found particularly mind-blowing and I can't wait for both characters to discover it (can you guess which one I'm talking about?)

    ACOMAF also remains my favourite of the bunch, but I am looking forward to seeing what she's going to deliver with the extension of this series.

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  7. Are you saying that the rest of the series isn't supposed to be connected? I thought this was a 7 book series. I didn't read it as a final book at all. What don't I know?

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  8. I haven't started this one yet but I'm so glad to see that Maas is delivering in the same areas that I love so much with Throne of Glass! Also, thank you for not spoiling anything for me so I could read your review! LOL I am so excited to start this series soon. I own the first two and have just been waiting for three so I can have a binge read session :D

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