A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Summary: 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 manoeuvrings 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.

Review: Once again, I hardly know where to start. I have so many thoughts and feelings about this story and characters that I’m overwhelmed by it. In a good way. As soon as I finished I knew I had to get A Court of Frost and Starlight, and I never read novellas. My love for these characters is so great that I’ll take any chance to read more about them.
Let’s start with Feyre. I’ve liked her from the start but that’s somehow continued to increase throughout the books. First from her selfless bravery, then from the way she grew throughout the second book, and now because she’s an absolute badass. I spent the first few chapters just cheering her on while she spied on/ sabotaged Tamlin and the spring court. Later, when she was finally able to be High Lady of the Night Court, I only admired her more. She’s become confident in herself, her love, and her court and I loved watching her interactions with pretty much everyone. (Note: Unless you’ve read at least some of these books, you probably won’t understand what it really means that Feyre has become a High Lady; take it from me, it’s a really big deal.)
I still don’t like Tamlin. Some people think his actions by the end of the book are enough to redeem him at least a little but not for me. I think he’s a complete jerk who builds a “poor me” bubble around himself and how could anyone possibly believe the worst of him? How? Because you literally did everything possible to make everyone think you were the enemy. I don’t know how he could be surprised that people treated him as such.
Rhys is still my favorite book boyfriend. I adore his and Feyre’s relationship. They’re a team; they treat each other as equals and even when one of them goes off on their own or makes a mistake, they respect each others decisions whether they agree with them or not. Their love is what I think everyone should aspire to have.
Mor is amazing. She’s tough and fun and has the most tragic backstory. The one thing I didn’t like is the secret she’s kept from the group for hundreds of years. (Don’t worry, it’s not something that really affects the main storyline.) It just seems like, because the group is so close, that she should trust them not to judge her or to let it change the group’s dynamic. The fact that she doesn’t bothers me a little.
Cassian and Azriel are also fantastic. They have fairly opposite personalities; Cassian’s more in-your-face about pretty much everything while Azriel hides in his shadows and doesn’t really let anyone in. Getting glimpses of the softer side of Azriel is the best though. I just want to wrap him up in a bubble and protect him forever.
Amren is probably my favorite of the Inner Circle. She’s an all powerful being from another world trapped in a High Fae body. Her powers are limited in her current form but you frequently get glimpses of what she is by the way others behave around her. The fact that this tiny little person terrifies everyone she meets just makes me so happy.


What I don’t get is how anyone can believe Amren would betray them at the end. After seeing the way this family interacts throughout books two and three, I had no doubt that she had a plan and wasn’t actually betraying Feyre. Anyone who thought she would actually do that isn’t giving her enough credit.


I still can’t believe Hybern turned Elain and Nesta into High Fae. Elain just made me sad throughout the entire book. She’s like a tiny puppy being kicked. I really liked Nesta however. She’s still prickly and a little annoying and just mean to everyone but that’s just the shield she wears constantly. I think she grew a lot during this book and is one of the main reasons I want to read ACOFAS, to see how she’s doing after the war.
Lucien I really loved for the first half of this book. Then he disappears on his mission and you don’t see him until the end. I found this part irritating. It felt almost like Maas sent him on a wild goose chase so she wouldn’t have to figure out where he fit in with the rest of the Inner Circle. I would have liked to have seen more of him.
Overall I loved this book to the point where this series is definitely a new favorite of mine. It has the best characters and a really intricate plot. The final battle was intense, bloody and literally had me screaming at my husband to stop interrupting me. I’d recommend this series to everyone. The first book is a little more YA romance but the other two are far more complex and action-based. Tell me what you think in the comments because I could talk about this book for days. Thanks for reading!

WWW Wednesday

Hey, bookworms! It’s that day of the week again where we participate in the wonderful bookish post that was formerly hosted by Should be Reading and was recently taken over by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer three questions to give an update about what you’re currently reading, going to read next and have read recently. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or link your post!


What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m still working on getting through Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa on my Kindle. I haven’t picked it up since last week, but I’ll probably finish it in the next few days. I’m listening to American Gods by Neil Gaiman as I type this. I’m over halfway through and still somehow have six hours left. I’m also reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I finally picked it up and I’m glad I did because it’s super interesting and I’m only less than fifty pages in.

Antonia- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I cannot stop with this series. I blew through the first two books in a couple days and will probably read this last one just as quickly. I’m so glad Amanda practically threw these books at me.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I just yesterday finished Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I’m doing a reread of the series so I can finally read the last book that came out this year.

Antonia- I just finished A Court of Mist and Fury. I read this 600-something-page book in about a day. It was amazing. Expect to see my reviews of this series soon.

What do you think you will read next?

Amanda- After I finish Big Little Lies I will probably pick up Glass Sword, the second book in the Red Queen Series. I have quite a few books on my TBR list for this month but I don’t know what order I’m going to read them yet.

Antonia- I’m not sure. I barely started listening to the audiobook for The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg but got distracted by the ACOTAR series. There’s also a couple new books in The Dragon’s Gift: The Druid series by Linsey Hall that I’m excited to read. But I still have a bunch of new books from my haul from Book Outlet that I need to read so it’ll all depend on my mood when I finish my current read.

Thanks for reading! What are your W’s this week?

Book Tag – Inside Out

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Hi, friends! We’re back with another book tag! They’re just too much fun to stop playing. With so many different themes and ideas. I loved the movie Inside Out, so when I saw this one I knew Antonia and I just had to play. I found this tag done by Jenny @ Jenny in Neverland. We’re not going to tag anyone at the end to play, but feel free to do this book tag & tag us in it!


Joy – What book brings you the most joy?

Amanda- This answer isn’t going to surprise anyone unless you’re a new follower. I’m going to have to go with A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. There’s just so much development and love and happiness and wonderfulness by the end of the series. Check out my reviews here – ACOTAR, ACOMAF, ACOWAR, and ACOFAS.

Antonia- The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. This will always be my favorite. I’ve had to get new copies because I wore out the old ones and I read it at least once a year. For me, it’s just one of those books that feels like an old friend every time I open it.


Fear – The book that scared you more than anything?

Amanda- This is another easy one. I found this book on my Kindle through my book subscription. I was so spooked by this book that I ended up reading an entire book afterward because I needed something else on my mind before I tried to go to sleep. Secret of Mckinley Mansion by K.F. Breene was such an interesting read but had me turning on the lights so I wasn’t scared in the dark.

Antonia- This one’s easy for me because I avoid scary books and movies like the plague. When I was about fifteen though, I received the book The Devouring by Simon Holt as a gift and it scared the crap out of me.


Disgust – What book grossed you out the most?

Amanda- Hmm, I think for this one I’m going to go with Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. I’m answering this one with ‘grossed out’ being more disgusted by something. There was a kidnapping aspect of this story that lasted way too long and it was honestly just disgusting to read the things that this awful human put one of the characters through. Check out my review here.

Antonia- My high school boyfriend wasn’t much of a reader but when he did read, he’d usually try to get me to read it too and I’d say yes to try to encourage him to read more. Hellbent by Anthony McGowan was one of those books and I hated it so much that it actually made me like my boyfriend less for liking it. A teenage boy dies and goes to hell then proceeds to try to work the system in his favor; which might have been a cool storyline if it didn’t include disgusting humor that young boys tend to enjoy, i.e. fart jokes and way too much mention of bodily waste.


Sadness – Which book make you cry the hardest?

Amanda- This is either going to be Looking for Alaska by John Green because I reread this book once a year usually and it makes me cry every time or it’s the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova because I cried for a solid hour after certain events in these pages.

Antonia- Way too many. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman was probably one of the first. The Shack by William Paul Young was another that made me inconsolable. Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson was really bad; I’d cry after the fact just talking about it.


Anger – Which book pissed you off?

Amanda- Triangles by Ellen Hopkins (reviewed here). This is one I read recently. The book itself didn’t piss me off. It was a really good book, but specific characters within the stories just made horrible choices that I don’t like or respect and it really pissed me off.

Antonia- Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima. I adore her books and I was so excited for this book to come out (it’s the first in a spin-off series from The Seven Realms series). I couldn’t wait to see older versions of all my favorite characters and then something terrible happens to one of them in the first chapter. I was so mad and upset about it that I immediately put the book down and refused to finish it for a really long time.

What books make you feel all the Inside Out emotions?

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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 of the Court of Thorns and Roses series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

This third book in one of my favorite series with some of my favorite characters starts off with a scene from Rhysand’s past. A scene from the war five hundred years ago that has him looking for Cassian’s body, looking for him whether he’s dead or alive. I feel like this scene was a good way of showing what the impending war is going to make you feel and also a way to further show how much Rhys cares about his loved ones.
I really liked this book because we got to see deeper into the characters. Like Lucian, we get to see Lucian and Feyre’s relationship change, partially because he’s not sure if she’s acting and partially because his mate is her sister who is somewhere in the Night Court and he can’t do anything about it. A decent amount of this book is spent with Feyre playing Tamlin in the Spring Court. She’s pretending that her bond has been broken by the crazy king and that she was tricked when in reality she’s the Night Court’s mole and is getting all the information and causing as much trouble as she can. I absolutely loved Feyre playing spy. She was conniving and devious and everything you would imagine a High Lady of the Night Court to be. It was so satisfying to see her play Tamlin the way she did because he deserved that and more for the drama he put her through and the awful things he did to try to get her back.
As for Lucien, I’m glad he left the Spring Court with Feyre. He’s so worried about obeying orders and pleasing Tamlin it’s almost annoying. So it’s nice to be able to get to know him more outside of the Spring Court and Tam’s influence. I genuinely laughed so much at Lucien interacting with the squad and him seeing how well Feyre fits in with them. It was super funny to see him so out of his element.
In their journey back to the Night court we get to see bits of the Autumn Court. I really enjoyed getting to see more of this fictional world because it’s all just so beautiful, and in Autumn Court’s case it’s viciously beautiful much like those who rule it. Seeing more of Prythian was probably my favorite part of this book. We get to visit the Summer Court again, while not for the best reasons but it’s probably my favorite with the gorgeous water and summer theme (summer is my favorite season in everyday life). We also get to visit the Dawn Court when all the courts come together for a meeting. The Dawn Court sounds incredible. Sarah J. Maas did an amazing job with the settings in this series. This is a world that I would without a doubt love to visit, outside of the crazy time of conflict of course.
Sticking with the subject of characters, once Feyre made it back to the Night Court with Lucien we got to see her training with Cassian and learning to fly with Azriel and Armen training Nesta and all of them trying to help Elaine. I just love these people so much. They all function so well together knowing when they can push one another and knowing when to back off. They have so much fun together and so much love for each other. They’re a family I wouldn’t mind being a part of.
Let’s talk about the sisters. We get to see Feyre and her sisters interact in a totally different way in this book. Nesta and Elaine have become a part of her world again when they were ‘made’ by the cauldron. Elaine seems to be in the same place mentally that Feyre was when she survived under the mountain whereas Nesta seems to just want to argue about anything she can. Nesta is (and always has been) insanely protective of Elaine, but it’s increased tenfold now. It’s very clear that these sisters love one another, but aren’t sure how to express that, especially now that Elaine is little more than a shell of herself, but they make it work the best they can. I really enjoyed watching the sisters develop together in their the new dynamic of their relationship, but also watching them develop further as individuals. As the book progresses Elaine comes out of her shell with a little help from everyone and does her best to accept her new life. Nesta does the same, she sees how selfless and dedicated Feyre is and makes the right choice to train with Armen and do what she can to help turn the tide for the war in their favor.
So when it comes to the war actually happening it was super interesting to see all of the High Lords come together and share their expertise and decide what to do and when. It was an interesting dynamic between characters especially because nothing seemed to go in their favor. They faced obstacle after obstacle, coming up with plan A through Z for their next move. There were some surprising allies that appeared, allies that we thought were enemies. Feyre wasn’t the only one that was good at playing a part. At one point, all of the players had pretty much accepted that they were going to lose and everyone was going to die and that’s the moment that the tide turned. It was such an incredible moment when the allies they didn’t know were coming showed up and hope was renewed that the courts had a fighting chance.
The one thing I have to say that may be a slight spoiler is about the father of Nesta, Elaine and Feyre. Their dad comes in at the last moment with three ships filled with allies and reinforcements that all had lost hope of arriving. The ships were named ‘The Nesta, The Elaine and The Feyre.” He did this for his daughters because he wanted to show them he could be the father that they always wanted and deserved. This had even the cold Nesta in awe. This was just such a heartwarming moment that I had to mention it.
A Court of Wings and Ruin was ended fabulously. There was no bullshit ‘happily ever after’ moment. The story ended with the family together and struggling together and on their own to be okay with everything that had happened. It wasn’t the corny feel good ending, but it was an ending that left me happy because good had triumphed over evil. The war was over and now it was time to heal and rebuild. It was the right ending for this story.
As I’ve said in my reviews of the first two books in the series, go to the story, buy these books and read them as fast as you can. This is one of my favorite series because they’re amazing. There are just so many fabulous quotes and feel good moments that can be taken and applied to real life. These are the kind of books that tell a story, but also tell you to be a good person, but defend what you love. It’s a great story that gives some strong messages about life. So buy it, read it and love it forever like I do.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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