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
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.
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!