Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens Books on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Personal Copy
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
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.
A Court of Wings and Ruin was one of my top 5 most anticipated reads of the year. I laughed, I
sobbed cried, and now I’m reflecting. I knew what I was getting into when I started: Feyre had planted herself as a spy within the Spring Court in advance of war with Hybern. This was originally a trilogy, so my only questions were who was going to die and how would this impact Feyre. Out of respect, I’ve steered away from discussing specific plot points and hid my likes and dislikes as spoilers*
As a series, A Court of Thorns and Roses is an epic story of growth, survival, and friends who become family. There is a love story arc is the first book’s foundation, but it slowly fades to secondary storyline next to Feyre’s overall growth. As a book, A Court of Wings and Ruin was an amazing and fitting bookend to the series, but despite the emotional rollercoaster, it did fall flat for me in a few places.
Some of this is due to personal preferences and that I’m not exactly the Young of the Young Adult audience. The second novel in the series, A Court of Mist and Fury, was perfection for me and set the bar for this third book pretty high. Really though, I have nothing to complain about. This book was a 700 page and it would have been impossible for me to like every little thing.
*Writing this as spoiler free as possible was awkward and I’m sure it translated into awkward to read. Apologies for the vague “things” and “its”!
What I Loved:View Spoiler »The Continuation of Feyre’s Journey: Now, Feyre has accomplished quite a bit in what I imagine is less than the course of a year: Mortal to High Fey and then High Fey to Lady of the Night Court. A Court of Wings and Ruin continued to propel her forward – no stagnating characters here!
Feyre is a Flawed Character: I loved the theme of living with what you’ve done and learning to be okay with it. SJM had could have built Feyre into the ultimately spectacular special Snowflake: she has unmatched powers, she’s righteous, and she’s fighting for the good cause. However, she’s flawed with a need for self-preservation and revenge and she must literally face these insecurities going into battle.
Seeing the Rest of Prythian: We’re finally introduced us to the rest of the Courts and their High Lords. and each had their own unique feel. Helion with the Day Court is my favorite. Also, the one scene with the big meeting was SO INTENSE! « Hide Spoiler
where i struggled:View Spoiler »The Element of Surprise was Gone: War was inevitable at the end of A Court of Mist and Fury and predictably, A Court of Wings and Ruin merely built up to the inevitable. Additionally, the love triangle resolved at during book two with the whole “mating” thing. Any unknowns needing resolution seemed minor relative to the larger story arc.
The Happily Ever After: This feels like such a strange complaint, but this book is about war and I had prepared for EMOTIONAL WRECKAGE at the end. And then it kind of happened. And maybe that’s the reason I’m recovering more quickly than I anticipated.
The “Sex” Scenes: I understand that this is a YA Book, but the sex scenes with Rhys and Feyre were really awkward. Mass watered this down enough I got confused trying to understand the mechanics. Perhaps next time trying a ‘fade to black’ scenario and let the reader decide how sexy the sexy times get? « Hide Spoiler
My Guess for the Next Three Novels:
Clearly, there is a lot of “shipping” here. (Is that what the kids are calling it these days?) I appreciated Mass leaving loose ends to make room for the next three novels. I really don’t like it when additional books suddenly appear in a favorite series just for the sake of having a few more pages. Here is my guess for the next three books:View Spoiler »
Vassa breaking the curse from the Death Mage
Elain, Azril, and Lucien for obvious reasons
Miryam and Drakon, specifically, the mysterious circumstances as to why they went into hiding « Hide Spoiler