Before I even get started, this review IS SPOILERY AS HECK SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET, LOOK AWAY!!!
Now, onto the review.
Title: A Court Of Wings And Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 2017
Genre: NA, Fantasy
Rating: 3.5ish/5 Stars
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.
Ah, ACOWAR, where to start? Well, for starters, I have been putting off reading this book since it came out in May because it’s pretty long and I’ve had a lot of mixed feelings about the series as a whole. But, here we are 22ish hours of audiobook later!
As far as the rating, I gave ACOTAR (#1) a 3 star rating (which is probably way too generous, but it was entertaining dang it), ACOMAF (#2) a 4 star rating, and this one a 3.5 star rating, so #2 in the series is still my favorite.
Neat, now let’s get into the actual book. First, I thought the plot, especially for the finale to the Feyre/Rhys storyline was seriously lacking. It was lacking in action and it felt like it took actually forever to get to the main points and instead had a ton of fillers in it that didn’t add to the plot.
Even the ending battle scenes were super tame and not the epic action-packed, heart-wrenching moments I was seriously hoping for. I may be twisted for saying this, but I also kind of squint at authors who refuse to kill any of their characters off when it makes sense for characters to die, like in super epic, world-shattering battles like at the end of the book. And I know, Rhys and Amren technically “die”, but the are obviously brought back to life because of reasons and the cauldron and magic and love.
And I know I know, Feyre’s dad dies, but he is present in all of two minutes of the entire series, so not a tear was shed during that part. Am I heartless? It’s possible. But I still wanted to feel some sadness over the repercussions of such a monumental battle at the end and I just didn’t.
I also actually rolled my eyes at some parts between Feyre and Rhys. It was all good and fine in the second book when they had sexual tension up to their eyeballs, but hearing them tell each other how beautiful they are and reading sex scenes that have gotten even more uncomfortable in this book so many times was just not my favorite.
Enough of the complaining because I did give this book 3.5 stars which means I definitely enjoyed it, I swear! There is just something about Maas’ writing that I can’t help but enjoy and her world building and creativity is pretty amazing. Also, I want about 10 books of Nesta just being her badass self and being so over everyone and everything around her. I am ready, SJM, I am so ready.