Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas


Synopsis from Goodreads:

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

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.

A Court of Wings and Ruin is bigger, better and bolder than A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. I don’t know how Sarah continues to up the standard with each book.

SPOILER WARNING! – This review is slightly spoiler-ish.

My rating:


This is just going to be a short review as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

Again, another incredible book from Sarah J Maas. I honestly think this is my favourite so far, it was just incredible! I devoured ACOWAR in a day, it was that good. This was the book I was most looking forward to reading the most this year and Sarah did not disappoint, it’s 699 pages of epicness! Sarah’s writing and storytelling is better than ever. I love this incredibly beautiful world Sarah has created, Prythian is a place you want to continuously return to. ACOWAR is definitely the book to get you out of your reading slump. It’ll then unceremoniously toss you straight into a book hangover at the end.

The King of Hybern is readying his forces to wage war against Prythian, determined to destroy the wall separating the human and Fae realms that was erected after the treaty and reclaim the land given to the humans. Meanwhile, Feyre plans to take down the Spring Court from within after Tamlin allied with Hybern in order to get her back. Rhysand and his Night Court are preparing for the inevitable war, building ties with other courts to fight Hybern’s large armies.

The Character development is brilliantly crafted, if you liked Nesta and Elaine in ACOTAR and ACOMAF then you’ll love them in Wings and Ruin! I couldn’t wait to find out how things panned out for them now they’re High Fae. Nesta is a force to be reckoned with! I love the bond between her, Feyre and Elaine and how it’s evolved since ACOTAR. I especially loved the development with Rhysand and his Inner Circle, you really get to know them and their pasts. Lucien has always been me favourite from the start, so I’ve enjoyed his character development most of all, the mating bond with Elaine and his relationships with Tam and Feyre. His brother play a larger role in this book and you get to know them a little more. I’m all for a book just about him! Above all, Tamlin’s development has been the best, he’s no longer the High Lord we knew. I would really like to know what happens to him and the Spring Court after the events in ACOWAR.

There’s so many references and twists from previous books that suddenly fall into place and you realise that what you thought was completely wrong. The ending was everything I wanted and more, though, I do hope this isn’t the last we see of these guys. I really need to know what happened to Alis and her nephews after leaving the Spring Court and if they’re okay. There’s so much I need to know so I hope we find out more in other books.
My favourite part has to be when Nesta referred to Cassian as an “overgrown bat,” I laughed so much!

There are really no words that will do this book justice, and I don’t want to spoil it too much. I can’t recommend this series enough. A Court of Wings and Ruin deserves to have all the starts thrown at it, five just isn’t enough! I can’t wait to read more books set in Prythian.

A Court of Wings and Ruin is published May 2 by Bloomsbury (UK/US)

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