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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, 3) Hardcover – June 2, 2020
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The epic third novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s actions and learn what she can about the invading king threatening to bring her land to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit. One slip could bring doom not only for Feyre, but for everything―and everyone―she holds dear.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre endeavors to take her place amongst the High Fae of the land, balancing her struggle to master her powers―both magical and political―and her love for her court and family. Amidst these struggles, Feyre and Rhysand must decide whom to trust amongst the cunning 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 fate of Feyre’s world is at stake as armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy it.
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“Passionate, violent, sexy and daring…. A true page-turner.” - USA Today on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“Suspense, romance, intrigue and action. This is not a book to be missed!” - Huffington Post on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“Vicious and intoxicating…. A dazzling world, complex characters and sizzling romance.” - Top Pick, RT Book Reviews on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“A sexy, action-packed fairytale.” - Bustle on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“Fiercely romantic, irresistibly sexy and hypnotically magical. A veritable feast for the senses.” - USA Today on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“Hits the spot for fans of dark, lush, sexy fantasy.” - Kirkus Reviews on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“An immersive, satisfying read.” - Publishers Weekly on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“Darkly sexy and thrilling.” - Bustle on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“Fast-paced and explosively action-packed.” - Booklist on A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN
“The plot manages to seduce you with its alluring characters, irresistible world and never-ending action, leaving you craving more.” - RT Book Reviews on A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN
About the Author
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold millions of copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. Sarah lives with her husband, son, and dog.
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing (June 2, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 720 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1635575591
- ISBN-13 : 978-1635575590
- Lexile measure : HL760L
- Item Weight : 1.9 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 1.49 x 9.44 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. Everyone is gorgeous. Perfect. Skinny. Alluring. Sexy. Perfect skin, hair, body. EVERYONE. GAG me. Blech. Haven’t we gotten beyond stories where there are nothing but beautiful, flawless, perfect models???
2. Everyone is powerful. With each trial they get more and more godlike. To ridiculous, annoying degrees. Because of it, there’s an endless loop of nauseating lust and murder.
3. Everyone is rich. Jewels jewels jewels. Fancy Estates. Lavish clothes. Rich rich rich.
What I gleaned after three books? This author’s Mecca is beauty, power, wealth.
Sex with no consequences. Sex all over the place—whoever, whenever you want, orgies, or whatever. They are all horny, base, driven by lust. This is what our teens read? So many YA authors are doing this these days, skirting over the truths of uninhibited sex with many partners. No STD’s in this world! Just go for it! It makes you strong to do what you want when you want to! (Uh no. Acting wise, making careful decisions, self-control, weighing the consequences—THESE make a soul truly strong).
Coveting power. Coveting beauty. Coveting wealth. Coveting sex. No series I’ve read has been THIS bad, but I notice a serious trend in YA novels moving this way and it’s getting scary. Sodom & Gomorrah.
As a book for meant for the upcoming adult generation, it completely broke my heart. Weighed it down. What is sacred to humans anymore, what is good...perversion and lust, power and violence, unattainable perfection according to this series.
1. Tamlin: probably the most ill treated character in all of SJM books. I still couldn’t get over how she screwed up his entire life over locking her up in house. Seriously? Rio the guys heart out, destroy everyone’s faith in him, and then toodles! See ya! And the guy LOVED her. Like ends of the earth Loved. Even in this book he loved her. And she treats him like trash. I just can’t.
2. Nesta: she’s supposed to have this awesome power that she stole from The Cauldron. 80% of the book was building up her damn power. And then when we finally see it? It’s like being told she had a power of Vesuvius proportions only to be shown it was actually like the homemade volcano science project you did as a 5th grader. Like you don’t understand how incredibly anticlimactic it was to be told she was going to do damage only to do absolutely nothing. And what’s with the freaking attitude? Yea you’re no longer human but get over yourself! You’re gorgeous, supposedly powerful, and freaking immortal..STFU already! *eye roll*
3. Elain: basically a doormat with all the personality of a doorknob. Az’s infatuation with her came from left field. Did not feel believable at all! *eye roll*
4. Lucien: served absolutely NO purpose whatsoever to the book. He might as well have not even been in the book. Oh wait he was...for like 10 mins. Then went off on some errand that he didn’t even complete *eye roll*
I could on but I’m too tired. The first book was gold! The second book was so so. This book, I can’t. If I didn’t already pay for it I would’ve stopped reading after chapter 17
Let me start off by saying I LOVED ACOMAF with everything in me. That book will forever stay in my top 3.
But this? This book I will probably never read again.
2 stars knocked off for two reasons.
1) My poor love-bucket Azriel was done DIRTY. I'm all for gay relationships (Gallavich anyone?) but Morrigan, what the hell?! How dare you string my baby along for centuries! I understand being scared/afraid to come out, but to know that someone is so deeply in love with you and allow that to go on for literally hundreds of years WHILE TAKING OTHER MEN TO BED with ZERO explanation as to why Az was simply not making the cut, seemed like a pretty big slap in the face if you ask me. I don't see myself every getting over that. Ever. I cried when I read her confession to Feyre, not for Mor - but for Az, because it felt like utter betrayal.
Unless Morrigan can pull the world's largest, most heartfelt apology out of her ass in the next continuation, then I will remain salty af for probably the next hundred years.
2) Nesta & Elain. Okay, I was totally riding the sympathy train in the beginning of the book - their lives had been turned upside down, blah blah blah, but I mean come on! At some point, Elain should've shown some minute acceptance rather than being little more than an annoying liability. I really really REALLY don't like Elain. I didn't much care for her to begin with, but blegh. Continuing to pine after Graysen and be mopey overall - pass.
As for Nesta, I still live for her banter/sexual tension with Cassian, but there's playing hard to get and then there's whatever she's doing. It's obnoxious. Don't lay one on my man in the heat of battle and then act as if he doesn't exist two days later. Girl, bye.
A few other things bothered me as well - parts felt rushed. Too many characters were introduced and it was a time trying to keep up with everyone. Amren/Feyre/Nesta with their INSANE powers all fell a little flat for me when game time came. Tamlin in general gave me whiplash.
All that being said, there were things I liked in this book:
-Ianthe and her death (:
-The Bone Carver/Bryaxis
-JURIAN (I honestly did not see that coming)
-Lucien (even though he was remarkably absent for most of it)
-The war scenes (so easy to picture)
This book was not great for me, but I still have hope for the next installment, whoever it may be about.
P.S. Sarah - don't think I'm not serious as a heart attack when I say I expect big things for Azriel in the future, or you will lose a reader(:
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But...I was a little disappointed.
A Court of Mist And Fury was definitely the best book of this series.
By now, the non-stop vomiting is just beyond the pale. Enough already! There are other PTSD symptoms.
Rhys and Feyre are united, then one of them disappears without telling anyone and are in danger. And repeat.
If my Hubby had such poor communication with me...let's just say it wouldn't end well!
These two are putting their lives on the line and have a bond - let's talk, eh?
Yeah, Feyre is still pretty self-absorbed. Did she actually have a good look in that mirror? Sure?
'My sister is struggling, oh well, I'll leave someone else or herself to deal with that'. Alrighty then!?
She has all these powers - maybe use them in the battles? Develop more after the first attack? I was so chuffed for her in that moment of heroism. Oh, she's actually fighting for others - she's growing. (*fizzled hope*)
Tamlin - the guy had anger issues but didn't deserve the bad rep he gets in this book.
I'm all for gay representation, but please don't twist a heterosexual into a homosexual to do it (*sigh*). 500 years of lying to a close friend just to avoid an awkward conversation and with no hint in previous books? Hmmm...nope, not in keeping with that character.
And there were a lot of loose ends to tie up.
So many characters are added that I ended up losing track of some.
tbh, I kinda wanted someone to actually die in battle. I mean, they all seem so hellbent on doing so, it'd only be right.
HOWEVER, all that being said, I was gripped. I needed to know what would happen. And how.
There were parts which had my emotions wrung out.
3.5* for this one.
Disappointing when the last book got a rare 5* from me.
This book is huge. It’s all story and no fluff. So much happens I was gripped the entire way. This book was less about character development as it was about the war. At the end you feel as drained as the characters. It is tense, it is stressful and it is nail biting. Just as you catch your breath from one skirmish, you screaming at another attack. It was relentless. This is why I’m giving it 4 stars. We get introduced to a lot more people and understand their motivations a bit more to make them less 2 dimensional but I wanted more relationship building. Again - maybe not quite the place cos it is all about the war but I after ACOMAF I had higher expectations. All in all - still a solid read. Even if SJM made my heart stop at the end.
“Night Triumphant - and the Stars Eternal.
If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.”
Now lets get to Rhysand...erm.. what can I even say? OH YES!! HE WAS AMAZING! I loved every single Rhys moment that we got to see and I just love him as a character and even though I didn't think that his character could be developed any more after reading ACOMAF, the way Maas wrote his development blew me away it was phenomenal. Now to all my other favourites, all I'm going to say is I adore them all especially Cassian and Azriel. Again it was pure perfection. Mor and Amren's character development also really went somewhere in this book, I never expected what happens to happen and I am still surprised and amazed at the great things that Sarah J. Maas did.
The plot was so action packed and there was always something happening it was so stressful but in a really really great way, I am so glad that we got to see loads more of the High Lords, that was brilliants and I loved the meeting, I am running out of words to use to describe how amazing things were.
I only had one tiny problem, I really wanted a discussion to happen between Tamlin and Feyre near the end after you know what (No spoilers here, see I am really trying), I just really needed more. Saying that I think that things were left in a great way and I really felt satisfied with the conclusion, and I also think that the way it ended really did justice to this amazing series. I am happy with Feyre and Rhysand's ending but I really hope that we get to see them again even if its just a cameo. They will always be some of my favourite characters of all time.
“It's a rare person to face who they are and not run from it - not be broken by it.”
I definitely ugly cried and I will never get over it. I will go as far to say that part of me died while reading this book. The feels were ridiculous and I have never ever cried like I did when I cried while I read this. I'm not sure where the series is going to go and which characters we will see again but I don't care I will read anything Sarah J. Maas writes and the fact that there is going to be more from this world is enough for me. But honestly do I have to wait another year, what will I do until then.
“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have... the wait was worth it.”
Overall I loved it and I'm not sure whether A Court of Mist and Fury is still my favourite or whether this one is but I loved them both, and this series has ruined me I have a feeling that I will never find anything as good as these, I am getting depressed just thinking about it. The only thing left to say is that I highly recommend this series, everyone should read it and I think that even if you don't enjoy the fantasy genre I would be extremely surprised if you didn't like this.
5/5 Stars! (Obviously)
I really enjoyed the first two books of this series and was eager to read this last instalment, however, I have to say I was disappointed in this end to the trilogy and found it coming up pretty short in comparison to its predecessors. For a start the book was unnecessary long, and overall I found it quite a slog to get through, tempted at times to simply give up, and I have to confess that I ended up more skim reading certain parts.
I was intrigued with the set up at the start of the story back in the Spring Court, and think this could have been made to work really well, but in actual fact this first part of the book was pretty poor for me. A lot of this was due to Feyre constantly being portrayed with such super-powers, nothing really felt like a threat or challenge to her, as she just walked over everyone so easily. Also I know Tamlin did act badly in the second book, however, there were reasons as to why he did what he did, and I for one don't think he deserved the complete lack of mercy that Feyre treated him with here.
Indeed, I have to say that overall I didn't really like Feyre's character all that much in this book as a whole. She seemed to have lost all her vulnerabilities, and was just a bit too ruthless and arrogant for me. Its not that she's lost her compassion entirely, but she's very self-absorbed here.
I did enjoy Lucien's character in this book, indeed it may have been my overall favourite portrayal in the book, and that was because unlike so many other characters, Lucien still had his complexities (unfortunately I felt he was under-used in the second half of the story). Other favourites on the other hand, such as most of the Night Court, just were painted a little too immaturely in this book. On the one hand there is this really serious threat portrayed of the impending war, and yet so often these characters are just goofing around and making jokes, acting rather like teenagers if anything, with more interest in their romantic entanglements than anything else. Nor did these romantic sub-plots really lead anywhere though, with no character or relationship development.
Feyre and Rhysand were just too 'sickeningly' in love in this book, Rhysand himself 'too perfect', all the mystery and edge that was so present in the first book and was still maintained in the second despite understanding his character better, lost entirely now and replaced instead by a 'puppyish' character who was just bland and boring in this book (oh and once again we keep being told he is the most powerful high Lord in history, but not once did I get a display of that power). Other aspects felt forced, such as Mor's bisexuality.
Nesta and Elain I thought fared better in this book, with their new cauldron-gifted powers, and there is some interest into what their own stories might hold in future books, however, right now after this book, I'm unsure if I would take a chance and continue with the next proposed trilogy centring on Nesta.
Some of the lesser used characters, particularly those older creatures such as the Bone Carver and the Weaver, did intrigue me, but I just felt there was too much going on in this book, with a lot of convoluted storytelling and sub-plots, and ultimately these characters could have been used better than they were. A lot of the story was strategy centred ahead of the war, with too many new characters introduced and not enough time to really get to know them, like the other High Lords. Even once we got to the war itself it didn't hold my interest as it should have.
Maas continues to tell rather than show a lot of the time, with lots of exposition when it comes to characters' backstories, and whilst in previous books such flaws could be overlooked, here everything just felt too messy for it to work. Oh and the constant use of the word 'mate' in this book was just cringey.
This was just an over-bloated and unengaging book, with none of the character-driven storytelling of the previous two books, such that it ruined what had till now been an enjoyable series and I lost interest in many of the characters I had hitherto really liked. I've given it a 3 stars, but in all honesty it may be a 2.5 stars.