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

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher/Year: Bloomsbury 5/2/17
Length:   626 Pages
Series:  A Court of Thorns and Roses #3

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

AMAZING.  beyond AMAZING/  that’s what i have to say about this third book.  There’s so much that happened in the last book to set this one up, deceit from Hybern and the Queens – friendships and loves broken up.  Where we were left and therefore where we started this story is such a place that you know that something catastrophic was going to happen.

So as the description says, Feyre is back in the Spring Court – playing the part of the returned lover to Tamlin, who wants nothing to do with Rhys or the Night Court.  This is all in the hopes if getting information that will help the Night Court and hopefully get her back to her true love and mate.

Of course things get complicated – where Lucien, Tamlin’s closest friend even starts to show that he’s maybe a bit skewed in his loyalties.  Ianthe – the high priestess that sold out Feyre’s sisters returns and the wrath that Feyre has towards her, well you know it’ll be unleashed at some point and it’ll be HUGE.

We spend much of this story trying to understand what it is that Nesta and Elain became from being sent into the couldron . We also see Amren playing a larger role in the hopes of finding a way to break the spell and the couldron so that some of the power shift that seems to be happening doesn’t sway in the wrong direction.

We also see that the biggest underlying story here is who’s alliances are truest and what does family mean.  The High Lords are all called to take a side and Hybern seems to have a power over folks that makes you wonder who will be successful.  He’s got the queens still in his power as they were the ones who laid seige to Velaris and Jurian is playing his lackey quite well so you wonder if there’s any room for error.

The end goal – breaking down the wall is not something that the Fae are willing to allow happen because it means that the humans will be doomed and set for death.  The problem becomes that while they all spend all their energy to find solutions, Hybern manages to wake the couldron to bring the wall down and start an all out war far sooner and far trickier than anyone expected.

A few things about this book that i feel like i have to call out .

1)our author – i don’t know how she does it with this series or ‘Throne of Glass’  – she makes is so that there really isn’t even a supporting cast – all are major characters with really important stories that are intertwined.  their histories so deep and detailed that you are engrossed from moment go

2) this third installment is quite a bit more passionate than the others – Very much so given the nature of Feyre and Rhys’ relationship.  I think that the heat and sexuality was taken to the limit here with how these scenes really portray what this couple means to each other and it was hot.  especially for the genre

3) the way this story unfolded – it makes you need not just want another installment – and thankfully in the last bits it says the story continues.  i feel like there can’t be an ending since there’s an open eded question about a few characters, ones that we love, ones that we lost, ones who’s role and powers changed. Definitely so much more to enjoy.

So on that note, i’m beyond bummed that i read it in a few days since now i don’t have their world to be inside, but i’m so happy with how the story played out as is.  Enjoy!

 

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher/Year: Bloomsbury USA 3/21/16
Length:   527 Pages
Series:  A Court of Thorns and Roses #2

Overview

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

My Thoughts

It’s taken me quite some time to finish this book and i have to say that it’s NOT at all because of the story since it’s amazing.  I’ve just been beyond busy with life so apologies.  In any event, in this 2nd book of the series, we are taken to heights and places where you’d never imagine, seeing bonds form and grow, seeing the threat of war come over and over and seeing so much hate and deceit appear that you can’t even believe who’s the liar and traitor anymore.

As you remember at the end of the first book, Feyre was able to break the curse that Amarantha had on the people, Rhys was free from her and could go home, and Feyre was able to go back to be with Tamlin, her love – with the hitch that she’s not immortal, and has the powers of each of the 7 high lords.

While life seems to be returning to some sense of order, we see that Feyre is unsettled, she wants to be included, she wants to be able to make her own choices and that’s not something that Tamlin allows.  It’s not until the day of her wedding that we see truly how unhappy and terrified she is of that life, when she begs in her head to be saved, that Rhys comes and takes her away – and her life is changed forever.

That’s where the story takes us – we are now in another place, with Rhys, his close friends and ‘family’ and we see what they truly are – what caused their friendships and bonds to form and how completely tied to one another they are that they would give their lives to protect each other.  It’s Rhys who allows Feyre to be strong, to participate where she wants, even if it makes him uncomfortable because she continues to prove herself.  She begins to own her powers and that’s something that becomes quite handy throughout.

When the threat of war becomes real, when we see that the King of Hybern is resurrecting someone that should be left for dead, they know that they have to get their hands on a sacred text in the hopes that they can keep this holy war  from happening, but as they think they are making progress, they find that they have been tricked.  Too many die, too may are hurt, and we see the family split up.  Feyre’s sisters are now not what they were, and Elain finds herself bonded to a Fae in a way that she would have never thought.

Feyre’s role in everything is quite intense, she’s not just the cursebreaker, not just the immortal human, but she’s got more power than anyone’s ever seen, and she needs to choose carefully how to wield it so that she can be successful.

Where we end up at the end of this 2nd installment is a place of confusion, anxiety, and heartbreak.  Loves are torn apart, and families are broken beyond repair.  there are still liars and people playing both sides – and i think that where this story goes in the next installment will show everyone’s true colors.  We still don’t know if war is coming to the mortal lands, to break down the wall, and i am almost afraid to see whats going to come of it.

This series though, to be clear is so nicely written – it’s so much more than a story about faerie realms which is something that i don’t like.  Yes that’s part of the premise, but our author wrote it so well that the character development, the relationships, the bonds and loves, those are so deep that you can’t help but to be so wrapped up into the story.  I’m excited to see what comes next and completely sad that i have to wait.  Have a great day all though!

Review: Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher/Year: Bloomsbury USA 5/3/16
Length:   394 Pages
Series:  A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Overview

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R.R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

My Thoughts

To be honest, i’ve seen the cover for this book for the longest time and never managed to really get into it, but at least now i have and i think that there’s something interesting here.  The real hesitancy that i have is that i’m not sure that i’m super into the whole Faerie thing which is the premise for this story, especially because i spent a lot of time in that spaces years ago, but this one has a bit of a twist to it that i’m ok with.

So as the summary hints, we have Feyre who is our leading lady, a mortal who’s forced to care for her family when they have almost nothing to support themselves and then because of a mistake that she made in hunting a faerie, she’s ‘kidnapped’ and brought to the one place that mortals are told to fear most.  The Faerie realm.

That’s where our story really continues – we get to see how Feyre’s life changes from then on – her fear of being a slave for the rest of her life but in seeing that the reality is quite different, she’s given everything that she could want, and her captor Tamlin isn’t at all what he seems.

Of course there’s an underlying story here  the fact that the mortals are kept in their space because of a Treaty that was put in place from a war with the Faeries, but that we slowly learn that it’s not just that simple.  There are courts of Faeries that are on one side of things or another, and yet another kingdom of Faeries that has a completely different and darker agenda here that means that whatever sense of normalcy we hope to find here will never be the final bit of happiness since someone’s out for more.

Tamlin, our leading man we learn is not just the captor of sorts, but a High Lord and the ruler of his court.  He’s the one that other High Lords actually fear because he’s supposed to have the most power of all – that is if ‘She’ didn’t steal all their power. His ’emissary’ Lucien becomes Feyre’s confidant in a want, and we get to see how knowledge is shared throughout in the hopes of finding a solution.

The journey that we go through in this story is one of trust, history, and trying to right past wrongs.  We know that everyone’s trying to overcome some ‘blight’ that’s stolen the faerie’s powers, and there’s really no understanding on how to get it all back.  We know that people are going to have to die in order to get to a resolution, and there’s a question of how close firendships and bonds will get in the hopes of making any progress towards overthrowing the bad kingdom.

Where we are left in this story is a place where we think that things are settled, yet you know that there’s going to be a war on their hands.  We see friends go back to their courts, and yet we see a bunch of death to make us wonder who’s going to be the one to rule those spaces in the interim.

All in all it’s an interesting story.  enough mythology to keep you interested, with bits of romance sprinkled though in ways that i was completely not expecting it.  it gets downright dirty for a few scenes which caught me off guard given the overall tone of the story.  I think that there’s enough of a mix of characters and a deep enough plot though to carry this one through so i think that if you haven’t read it yet, you should and if you have, i’d love to her your thoughts.  Happy Thanksgiving and have a great night all!