Review: A Court of Wing and Ruin (A Court of Thorn and Roses #3) by Sarah J Maas

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Chick and Brain Rating 5 out of 5

Oh man, words can not express how I am feeling right now. Again I am afraid to write this review. How is anyone to put into words this story and not ramble on forever! Sarah J Maas is a genius! She has ended this epic journey masterfully. I can’t honestly say I loved everything because that would be a lie, but I can say that I feel complete. We have traveled this journey with all of these characters from the beginning and I am happy to say I am satisfied with the ending, but oh how I will miss them all.

This book focuses mainly on the war and protecting the human realm from the awful King of Hybern. Every character had a part in this story, it was not one-sided, although the main focus was on the characters of the Court of Dreams. Maas does and amazing job of introducing new characters while ensuring that we feel like they have been part of this world the entire time. The additional focus on the other characters, Azriel, Cassian, Mor, Armen, Nesta, and Elain, helped us developed a better understanding of all the main characters and how they interacted with one another in the past as well as in this story. All of these characters are able to find strength in one another while also becoming stronger as individuals as well.

There seems to be a theme present within in the story about the inner strength instead of just outward or brute strength being present in everyone. This is best shown with the character in Elain. I am not going to spoil anything for you, but the broken and beaten woman who came out of the cauldron is not the same Elain we have at the end of the book. The Acheron sisters as a whole become closer and grow stronger as well because of that bond as well. Strength from within is a common thread with all of the characters in this story and it is ultimately what enables them to achieve the outcome they have been searching for.

The one aspect that I found troubling and repetitive was Feyre’s need to explain all of her actions and decision in the earlier parts of the book. First, Feyre was explaining her actions when she was trapped in the Spring Court with Tamlin. Although some explanation was needed, we are given so much of it to the point that it became overwhelming and sometimes not needed. She continues to do this when she returns as High Lady of the Court of Dreams. No one ever questions her actions, but Rhys or another Inner Court member is always having to reassure her that she made the correct decision or she is apologizing to someone for that decision although she later concludes it was the choice that needed to be made at that time. Feyre has progressed from the first book so much, but this in mind seemed like a small back track to where her character originally began.

All in all this was an amazing ending to a life changing love story. I do not know about everyone else, but this story has slowly become part of me that I very hesitant to let go for the time being. I am sad to put the story of Feyre and Rhysand to rest, but am very anxious to see where Maas goes from here with her next books in 2018. I am sure we all have our theories, but I for one will read it no matter just to be able to jump right back into the world that I have come to love.

 

Until next time,

 

XOXO

 

 

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