Review

A Court of Wings and Ruin

By: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury   Pages: 699

Rated: 5 stars

What an ending! It brought tears of sadness and joy, laughter and a general sense of conclusion with the possibility of more. It got me out of my reading slump, but hopefully won’t put me back into it – it was that good!

Before I even get into the review itself, I know that there has been some mention about the diversity of Sarah’s books. I can assure everyone that this quite a diverse book, much more than her others. I am not sure whether these were added because of the talk, or if they were in her head at the time of writing, but it works well.

As there was so much going on in this book I really feel like I need to read it again to get the bits that I missed.

With Feyre starting in enemy territory after the end of ACOMAF, we have a few heart stopping moments where you wonder how she is going to get back to her home in the Night Court. Rhysand, of course, is his usual charming self, but also showing us an even more vulnerable side to him.

We get to meet the other High Lords of Courts that we hadn’t met already, that have stories of their own to tell, that have history with the Night Court, good and bad. It was nice to be able to get to ‘put a face to the name’ so to speak. It also gave us a chance to see what these lands looked like, and envisage more about the land structure.

There was more world building, which is great. However, it would have been nice to have seen other bits that were mentioned, like the Continent. Despite a lot of travel around Prythian, and getting to places we hadn’t been yet like Winter Court and Autumn Court, you know that this world is really large, seeing it from another character, for example, Lucian.

Sarah’s fight scenes have always been gory and detailed, but I can’t say they have ever had quite the impact that these did. The reason for that, I think, is because previously her fight scenes haven’t been ‘planned’ – they have been messy and unstructured (not in the writing way, but the battle themselves). However, some of these battles started with facing the enemy in battle-formation, so you get the march to the front line. The tension is built up to a point where questions go through your mind, just as they would if you were there – will any of them survive? I don’t think I can fault the battles and the detail.

My heart wouldn’t stop racing as I read the last 100 pages!

Adding to all the battle scenes, and the tense moments between the Courts, you also have the sex scenes that have you wanting to reach for a cold glass of water!

Overall, personally I can’t fault this book. I loved it and couldn’t put it down. What an amazing and heart-warming end. Well worth picking up the series.

I can’t wait for the next book and start to a new trilogy of ACOTAR – I never want them to stop.

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