Court of Wings and Ruin Paperback – 2 May 2017
- ASIN : 1408857901
- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA; 1st edition (2 May 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 720 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781408857908
- ISBN-13 : 978-1408857908
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Dimensions : 19.8 x 5 x 13.1 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 125,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Sarah J. Maas is a master storyteller. Her writing is exquisite; her characters complex, flawed and endlessly relatable and worlds all-consuming ― So Many Books, So Little Time on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
A Court of Thorns and Roses was intense, captivating, sensual, and it will make you obsess over it ― Escape Into Books on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
Sexual tension and deadly action are well supported by Maas's expertly drawn, multidimensional characters and their nuanced interpersonal dynamics ― Kirkus Reviews on A Court of Thorns and Roses
A gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious ... Absolutely spellbinding ― New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
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A Court of Wings and Ruin
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuverings 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 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.
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I will start with staying the author loves cliches and stereotypes which makes all her novels (even the really good ones) pathetic at times.
However, I do love the worlds she creates although this series just doesn’t have the magic that throne of glass does and I think that is in part to half the characters not being that likeable - the other half are great.
I’ve never warmed to the main character Feyre although I did find her more likeable in the third book. But her relationship with her sisters disgusts me. Why she has never called Nesta and Elaine on their abhorrent treatment of her is beyond me and how she looks out for them when they treated her like dirt is just pathetic and makes me despise Feyre.
And no matter how the author tries to evolve Elaine and Nesta it won’t change the fact that they are both selfish and unlikable, especially Nesta.
The role Feyre’s father plays in this book also asks you to suspend belief, and yes I know it’s a fantasy book, but it’s still ridiculous and unbelievable.
Another thing I have to say is far out I can’t believe Sarah used my name in the book that is a huge huge thing for me. I haven’t seen my name in many places so to see it in one of my all time favourite books is amazing.
Another thing about this book ruining me. It almost ALMOST broke my heart. Just when my heart was breaking Sarah put it back together again which I thank her for because damn there is no way I could have lived with how I thought the book was going to end.
But honestly if you haven’t read this series yet your really missing out.
Until next time 😜
I’m sad to reach the end of Feyre and Rhysand’s story, they have become one of my favourite couples, but I’m very much looking forward to the future novels featuring other characters.
Although the book was complete and the ending was completely satisfying for all players; there were quite a few loose ends in relation to supporting characters that will likely be filled in with books of their own. I can’t wait!!
I'm... speechless right now and flailing inside. ACOWAR was everything I had hoped, dreamed, anticipated. This review is going to be a general gush fest that will be super vague with no spoilers at all, because spoiling isn't cool :)
Alright, first to general gushing - ACOWAR IS AMAZING. THE END. I laughed, cried, swooned, worried, laughed again and then turned the final page. Sarah J. Maas certainly takes you on a journey. Her characters are heartfelt and go on such amazing journeys that you can't help but be swept away into their voices, their struggles, their stories. I love reading every moment of ACOWAR. The plot didn't let up and I couldn't read fast enough. I'm already anticipating reread this book, this series immediately and I can't wait for the new trilogy to start, that is how much I love these characters, this world. Enough said, I obvious enjoyed this book and can't recommend it enough.
So, I don't really know what else to say - I'm still processing everything I've read and I'm more than ready for any news about the next trilogy (mainly who it's going to be about - I want that news NOW!)
(Side note: Can I say how happy I am that so far all the reviews are five stars!)
I was yet again taken on the journey right alongside Feyre and the others as the story unravelled before me.
I wish there were more stories like this.
Thank you for another beautiful tale.
If you are the mood for drama and romance, read these novels.
If you want a complex world and plot that are thoroughly logical, these novels are not going to be awesome for you. Plot and world exist to hit the right emotional buttons, and are more than good enough to do just that.
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But...I was a little disappointed.
A Court of Mist And Fury was definitely the best book of this series.
By now, the non-stop vomiting is just beyond the pale. Enough already! There are other PTSD symptoms.
Rhys and Feyre are united, then one of them disappears without telling anyone and are in danger. And repeat.
If my Hubby had such poor communication with me...let's just say it wouldn't end well!
These two are putting their lives on the line and have a bond - let's talk, eh?
Yeah, Feyre is still pretty self-absorbed. Did she actually have a good look in that mirror? Sure?
'My sister is struggling, oh well, I'll leave someone else or herself to deal with that'. Alrighty then!?
She has all these powers - maybe use them in the battles? Develop more after the first attack? I was so chuffed for her in that moment of heroism. Oh, she's actually fighting for others - she's growing. (*fizzled hope*)
Tamlin - the guy had anger issues but didn't deserve the bad rep he gets in this book.
I'm all for gay representation, but please don't twist a heterosexual into a homosexual to do it (*sigh*). 500 years of lying to a close friend just to avoid an awkward conversation and with no hint in previous books? Hmmm...nope, not in keeping with that character.
And there were a lot of loose ends to tie up.
So many characters are added that I ended up losing track of some.
tbh, I kinda wanted someone to actually die in battle. I mean, they all seem so hellbent on doing so, it'd only be right.
HOWEVER, all that being said, I was gripped. I needed to know what would happen. And how.
There were parts which had my emotions wrung out.
3.5* for this one.
Disappointing when the last book got a rare 5* from me.
This book is huge. It’s all story and no fluff. So much happens I was gripped the entire way. This book was less about character development as it was about the war. At the end you feel as drained as the characters. It is tense, it is stressful and it is nail biting. Just as you catch your breath from one skirmish, you screaming at another attack. It was relentless. This is why I’m giving it 4 stars. We get introduced to a lot more people and understand their motivations a bit more to make them less 2 dimensional but I wanted more relationship building. Again - maybe not quite the place cos it is all about the war but I after ACOMAF I had higher expectations. All in all - still a solid read. Even if SJM made my heart stop at the end.
“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.”
Now lets get to Rhysand...erm.. what can I even say? OH YES!! HE WAS AMAZING! I loved every single Rhys moment that we got to see and I just love him as a character and even though I didn't think that his character could be developed any more after reading ACOMAF, the way Maas wrote his development blew me away it was phenomenal. Now to all my other favourites, all I'm going to say is I adore them all especially Cassian and Azriel. Again it was pure perfection. Mor and Amren's character development also really went somewhere in this book, I never expected what happens to happen and I am still surprised and amazed at the great things that Sarah J. Maas did.
The plot was so action packed and there was always something happening it was so stressful but in a really really great way, I am so glad that we got to see loads more of the High Lords, that was brilliants and I loved the meeting, I am running out of words to use to describe how amazing things were.
I only had one tiny problem, I really wanted a discussion to happen between Tamlin and Feyre near the end after you know what (No spoilers here, see I am really trying), I just really needed more. Saying that I think that things were left in a great way and I really felt satisfied with the conclusion, and I also think that the way it ended really did justice to this amazing series. I am happy with Feyre and Rhysand's ending but I really hope that we get to see them again even if its just a cameo. They will always be some of my favourite characters of all time.
“It's a rare person to face who they are and not run from it - not be broken by it.”
I definitely ugly cried and I will never get over it. I will go as far to say that part of me died while reading this book. The feels were ridiculous and I have never ever cried like I did when I cried while I read this. I'm not sure where the series is going to go and which characters we will see again but I don't care I will read anything Sarah J. Maas writes and the fact that there is going to be more from this world is enough for me. But honestly do I have to wait another year, what will I do until then.
“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have... the wait was worth it.”
Overall I loved it and I'm not sure whether A Court of Mist and Fury is still my favourite or whether this one is but I loved them both, and this series has ruined me I have a feeling that I will never find anything as good as these, I am getting depressed just thinking about it. The only thing left to say is that I highly recommend this series, everyone should read it and I think that even if you don't enjoy the fantasy genre I would be extremely surprised if you didn't like this.
5/5 Stars! (Obviously)
I really enjoyed the first two books of this series and was eager to read this last instalment, however, I have to say I was disappointed in this end to the trilogy and found it coming up pretty short in comparison to its predecessors. For a start the book was unnecessary long, and overall I found it quite a slog to get through, tempted at times to simply give up, and I have to confess that I ended up more skim reading certain parts.
I was intrigued with the set up at the start of the story back in the Spring Court, and think this could have been made to work really well, but in actual fact this first part of the book was pretty poor for me. A lot of this was due to Feyre constantly being portrayed with such super-powers, nothing really felt like a threat or challenge to her, as she just walked over everyone so easily. Also I know Tamlin did act badly in the second book, however, there were reasons as to why he did what he did, and I for one don't think he deserved the complete lack of mercy that Feyre treated him with here.
Indeed, I have to say that overall I didn't really like Feyre's character all that much in this book as a whole. She seemed to have lost all her vulnerabilities, and was just a bit too ruthless and arrogant for me. Its not that she's lost her compassion entirely, but she's very self-absorbed here.
I did enjoy Lucien's character in this book, indeed it may have been my overall favourite portrayal in the book, and that was because unlike so many other characters, Lucien still had his complexities (unfortunately I felt he was under-used in the second half of the story). Other favourites on the other hand, such as most of the Night Court, just were painted a little too immaturely in this book. On the one hand there is this really serious threat portrayed of the impending war, and yet so often these characters are just goofing around and making jokes, acting rather like teenagers if anything, with more interest in their romantic entanglements than anything else. Nor did these romantic sub-plots really lead anywhere though, with no character or relationship development.
Feyre and Rhysand were just too 'sickeningly' in love in this book, Rhysand himself 'too perfect', all the mystery and edge that was so present in the first book and was still maintained in the second despite understanding his character better, lost entirely now and replaced instead by a 'puppyish' character who was just bland and boring in this book (oh and once again we keep being told he is the most powerful high Lord in history, but not once did I get a display of that power). Other aspects felt forced, such as Mor's bisexuality.
Nesta and Elain I thought fared better in this book, with their new cauldron-gifted powers, and there is some interest into what their own stories might hold in future books, however, right now after this book, I'm unsure if I would take a chance and continue with the next proposed trilogy centring on Nesta.
Some of the lesser used characters, particularly those older creatures such as the Bone Carver and the Weaver, did intrigue me, but I just felt there was too much going on in this book, with a lot of convoluted storytelling and sub-plots, and ultimately these characters could have been used better than they were. A lot of the story was strategy centred ahead of the war, with too many new characters introduced and not enough time to really get to know them, like the other High Lords. Even once we got to the war itself it didn't hold my interest as it should have.
Maas continues to tell rather than show a lot of the time, with lots of exposition when it comes to characters' backstories, and whilst in previous books such flaws could be overlooked, here everything just felt too messy for it to work. Oh and the constant use of the word 'mate' in this book was just cringey.
This was just an over-bloated and unengaging book, with none of the character-driven storytelling of the previous two books, such that it ruined what had till now been an enjoyable series and I lost interest in many of the characters I had hitherto really liked. I've given it a 3 stars, but in all honesty it may be a 2.5 stars.