Book Review of “A Court of Wings and Ruin” by Sarah J. Maas

Book Review of “A Court of Wings and Ruin” by Sarah J. Maas

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This review is a part of a series of book reviews where, instead of providing a star review for each book, I provide the top three things I like about each book, and the top three things I dislike about each book. This means that even if I absolutely adore a book, I’m still going to find three dislikes to list and even when I despise a book, I’ll still find the three things that I enjoyed. Then you get to decided based on these things if the book is right for you.

Because of the nature of this review, there will occasionally be some spoilers, though I do my best to minimize them as to not completely ruin the story for those who haven’t read it. Although, if you’re like me, I personally adore spoilers and they usually just convince me to read the book more. But in the name of due diligence, read at your own risk. 

**Some spoilers included.**

Here are my thoughts on the third, and somewhat final, story of Feyre and Rhysand.

Top Three Likes:

  1. Lucien and Feyre time. Lucien was one of my favorite parts of the first book, so I was glad to see him back with Feyre working their way across the courts together. I also enjoyed that it was Az and Cass who came to their rescue, and not Rhys as expected.
  2. The Suriel’s death. Not that I’m happy he died, but I loved that he knew he was going to die and still showed up for her. As a bonus, it lead to Ianthe’s fun demise, which made up for Feyre letting her off so easy earlier. Check and mate.
  3. The story coming full circle. It was a lovely, final touch.

Top Three Dislikes:

  1. The book’s treatment of Tamlin. I understand that Feyre and everyone was mad and that Tamlin sucks, I wasn’t a fan of him from the beginning, but I still feel like we’re all being pushed into just fully hating him when in reality I feel like he’s a flawed character that could be more in the “you suck, but we feel bad for you realm.” The things he’s done were done to protective his love, even if he went too far. Rhysand had her dressed like a slut, black-out drunk, dancing and acting like a fool for the enjoyment of the folk and he still got a pass just for explaining that he’s actually a nice guy. He didn’t have to do that, still decided to do it, and got an immediate pass. Seems like a bit of a double standard which frustrated me.
  2. Feyre’s attitude while she’s back with Tamlin. I felt like she was all about getting revenge and wasn’t being smart or empathetic towards the other people Tamlin dragged into his mess. I felt that she should’ve known things weren’t fully as they seemed and used this opportunity more to help the upcoming war efforts. However, she once again decided to be selfish and ruin everything. I would’ve loved to see her play a really effective double agent. Imagine a scene where she was pretending to be with Tamlin while they had to meet with Rhysand or something. That could’ve been fire.
  3. Lots of build up, little war. I felt like there was a lot of talk about how awful the war was going to be and how Amarantha was just the beginning, for it to be over in like a day? week? Amarantha had them imprisoned for 50 years and it was supposedly just a trial run, so I was expecting some serious shit to go down and definitely expected it to last longer than it did.

Bonus dislike: Is in the middle of a war camp surrounded by wounded and dying men really the most necessary time for a roaring loud, earth shattering orgasm? Yuck. Poor soldiers.

Overall Thoughts:

I don’t usually feel like a series should be drawn out longer, but in this case I did. I feel like a longer series could have had a more serious plot and more realistic character growth, which would’ve made what was an okay series with a few really good parts, a really great series overall. This last book, and the ending especially, felt a little too clean, convenient, and cheesy for me. It was a let down from the second one.

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