A Court of Wings and Ruins by Sarah J. Maas


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.

Maaaaaaannnnnn, I enjoyed the hell out if this. I love all of these characters so much (excluding Nesta). I am so excited to see what happens next in this world. However, compared to the other two, I think this one was lacking; it is firmly my least favorite of the three. And yes, I still really liked it, but there were some unmistakable issues. Here are a couple of the things I didn't like as much. And beware: SPOILERS GALORE.

- Cassian / Nesta: I can sum up my feelings about them with three words: he deserves better. She is rude, inconsiderate, prejudice, etc. Many colorful words can be used to describe her. And yes, she did get better in the last third of the novel, but she's never a good person; and because Cassian is my favorite out of Rhys's family of misfits, I don't really want to him to be with someone so...not nice. And do you want to know how they explained their love? "I can't stay away." Seriously? Feyre is gone for a month, and all of a sudden he "can't stay away" from a shrew? I don't believe it. They also didn't get any resolution in their relationship at the end, so ????

- Spring Court: There should have been more Spring Court and more Tamlin. How are we supposed to believe that she completely ruined his reputation in a month when we only get 95 pages of evidence--and most of that is over the span of a week or two. Don't get me wrong, I loved what she did there, I just wanted more.

- Too Many New Characters: We met approximately 187 new characters this book and none of their stories were wrapped up. I'm pretty sure there are only supposed to be three companion novels, so what the hell is the point of all of these extra characters and their plots?

- Too Many (Almost) Deaths: By my count, they had five MAIN characters almost die. Ether kill them or don't, but don't have five fake outs or resurrections. It's cheap emotional battery and I don't appreciate it.

- The Love Triangle That Wasn't a Real Boy: Mor. Mor, Mor Mor. I...think this was poorly planned. Or, more accurately, wasn't planned. Mor's sexuality felt thrown in at the last minute and wasn't depicted in the best way. Even if the "reveal" had been in the beginning of the book, I would have liked it better. There would have been time to see the way she interacts with Az and Cassian having that knowledge and maybe I would have believed it. But ACOMAF set-up a love triangle and this was the exact opposite. She was like "No, actually I don't like either of them and I've been toying with Az's feelings for LEGIT CENTURIES."

I know that I just listed a hefty amount of things I didn't like as much, but I still really liked this story as whole. But looking back upon it, I see several flaws.

But before I end this review, can I say how much I love Tamlin? Please don't murder me. But seriously, I think he's such a fascinating character. All of us turned on him so quickly for making one (very large) mistake. And then a second mistake. But the readers and Feyre turned him into a villain when, really, he was just as much of a victim as anyone else; he was trying to cope any way he could. We just assumed that because he did one bad thing, he was the real bad guy. But he wasn't. He is complex and aggravating and passionate and so interesting. I definitely do not ship him with Feyre, but I still love him. Again, please don't murder me.

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