A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas is the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy.
(Warning, spoilers for the rest of the series.)
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court after the devastating events which happened in Hybern. She aims to gather information about Hybern’s movements while deciding what to do about Tamlin’s deceit. With countless years of history providing fodder for friends and foes, which of the High Fae lords will provide assistance against the army that threatens Prythian?
-It was encouraging to see Feyre return to the Spring Court—where it all started—as her new, stronger self to quietly create chaos.
-There were hundreds of years worth of conflicts and friendships for the courts to sort through (some very long meetings).
-There were many surprises, with truths being revealed and recognised. There were tests of friendship and loyalty. There were losses and gains. And though it, a love and bond so deep.
- Maas continues to write wars which make the battles in Lord of the Rings look like petty skirmishes. Everything is huge: armies, the creatures, the power, the magic, the stakes, the loss of friendships and loves, the personal losses for the main characters and the manipulation of readers’ feelings.
- There were many twists throughout, culminating with an amazing ending. Maas is definitely a writer who has grasped pacing, weaving it carefully and unleashing its power at the right moments, creating unstoppable momentum.
-Maas continues to give strength and purpose to her female characters, without making it too obvious.
- There were fascinating and terrifying new characters and creatures introduced.
-Each character was stretched to his/her limit. There was such a sense of wholeness amongst the allies. Every character mentioned has a specific reason to be there.
-This book set up many things for the next trilogy in the series. I can’t wait to find out how they will deal with the things that are coming next (plus a few secrets which weren’t tied up).
- I would have liked for Feyre to use her powers to their full extent more often.
-Yes, some parts were predictable, but they were still great!
“The stars winked into existence, dim and small above the blazing fires. I watched them through the long hours of celebrating, and could have sworn that they kept me company, my silent and stalwart friends.”
“But this is war. We don’t have the luxury of good ideas—only picking between the bad ones.”
“War would linger with me long after it had ended, some invisible scar that would perhaps fade, but never wholly vanish. But for my home, for Prythian and the human territory and so many others… I would clean my blades, and wash the blood from my skin. And I would do it again and again and again.”
“Rhys stepped off the stairs and took my hand. Night Triumphant—and the Stars Eternal. If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.”
“You do not fear,” Rhys breathed. “ You do not falter. You do not yield…Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”
“This place made the Court of Nightmares seem like a human sitting room filled with chaste maidens embroidering pillows.”
Read: Jan, 2020