A Court of Wings and Ruin is the latest installment in Sarah J Maas’s popular faerie series. In this book we see even more new characters and their relationships flourish with our well-loved main group of heroes. With new insights into the villains and their goals, this is one where stress runs high & tension is thick on every page. This has been by far the most action-packed out of the three. With espionage, war games, and the final battle there was so much going on & I loved every second of it. Of course, there are moments where Mrs. Maas likes to pull at readers heartstrings with danger following some of their favourite characters, but that’s nothing new for most. And yes, the waterworks were in full force at the end, but again, that’s nothing new for me.
You’ll have to forgive me for such a short and vague section here. I really hate to spoil any moment in this book because there are just so many wonderful parts.
In the beginning, Feyre is playing spy at the Spring Court under everyone’s noses. There’s only some slight suspicion, but with the High Lord Tamlin infatuated with her, no one is able to show her sinister motives. Feyre turns the court upside down, showing Tamlin’s true nature to everyone who supports him.
After playing games at Spring Court Feyre finds herself in the safety and warm embrace of the Night Court. With her love and her family, she embraces her role as High Lady and weighs in on the war that no one can stop. Meetings and alliances roll by, battles rage and many deaths are mourned in the pages leading up to the final battleground. Our heroes will face the King on this final stage, with new armies and a few tricks up their sleeves. In the end are they able to defeat him and remain whole? Or will something worse than death befall them all?
Anyone who had any pacing issues in the past few books (myself included) will be blown away by the intense action and drama in this book. Seriously, even though the book is more than 600 pages long I tore through it with a fury to know how everything ended. The battles, the alliances, and of course the end-all fight at the end really showcased how Sarah J Maas can do action just as well as she can do dialogue.
I love that we get a more in-depth look at the fae worlds here. We see new courts come into play and new characters that showcase all sorts of life. We have faeries from all walks of life, all forms of color, and yes, even faeries can be gay. What I love about this particular part was that the gay couple wasn’t treated as one. They are these strong powerful men that can hold their own and hold the respect of their people, they just happen to be gay as well. Instead of making it an issue or making it stand out everyone accepts it as normal and carries on, and that’s just the way its supposed to be. I love Mrs. Maas’s approach to the subject of gay characters and think she does an excellent job of blending them in seamlessly.
Mor’s story really hit home for me. I know some might not like it, some might actually hate it, but to me, it really showcases what it’s like to not even accept yourself. Mor and her struggles of self-acceptance really rang true to a lot of struggles I have personally seen in my friends. All I can say is a job well done to Mrs. Maas for showing the difficult side of her story & I think a lot of people are going to appreciate that touching moment between her & Feyre.
This book gets a full 10/10 stars from me, I actually want to give it at least 300, but I’ll stick with the scale I have. I have so much more I love from this book, and every time I read it I still find even more to love about it. Instead of having me gush over one of my favourite authors like I have before I want to leave you all with a few quotes that I think showcase this book in a beautiful light.
“We’re all broken, in our own ways – In places no one might see.”
“What we think might be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”
“Kindness can thrive even amongst cruelty.”
“Why should I be scared of an oversized bat who likes to throw temper tantrums?”