Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
No. of pages: 699
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Fairytale retelling
Publication date: May 2nd 2017
Date read: 25 July 2017
A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.
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.
I have mixed feelings about ACOWAR. On the one hand I absolutely loved reading it, but on the other hand I can’t remember what exactly happened throughout the story. It took me quite some pages/chapters to get back into Feyre’s story, but I think I eventually loved it, although not as much as I loved both ACOTAR or ACOMAF. Maybe it’d been a good idea to reread the first two books before I started reading this one.
Another thing that took me a while to get back into was Maas’s writing style. She is very describing when telling a story, which can be lovely, but also kind of distracting when you just want to know what actually HAPPENS. Most times these long and kind of overdramatic descriptions don’t really add anything to my reading experience when I just want to read on. Not that I can’t appreciate it, not at all! When I feel like I have the time to stand still for a moment (which I don’t, because a LOT happens), I think Maas’s descriptions are so very beautiful!
Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.
Unfortunately, I kind of missed “the feels” while reading this book. I know I cried a little (read: a lot) every now and then while reading ACOTAR and ACOMAF, but with ACOWAR this didn’t happen until the last 50 pages. It seemed like Maas collected all the heartbreak and only throws it at you right at the end of the story. And yes! I finally had my little moment of crying.
In the first two books you only got to see the Night and the Spring Court, but in ACOWAR you also get to see most of the other courts, what I loved! I now want to live in either the Dawn Court (where I belong according to most of the tests on the internet) or the Autumn Court. Despite the bastard that is the High Lord of Autumn, Beron.
All in all, this third and last book surrounding Feyre is a splendid ending to her story and I can’t wait to read the stories of other characters from Prythian, like Mor, Nesta and Lucien!