- Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
- Hardcover: 720 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619634481
- ISBN-13: 978-1619634480
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,334 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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About the Author
SARAH J. MAAS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series - Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms - and the series' prequel, The Assassin's Blade; as well as The Throne of Glass Coloring Book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.
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- First off, I felt the pacing was off in several areas, and there were a handful of times where certain events/ideas were seemingly thrown in haphazardly. (For example, it made NO SENSE to me that Feyre would go off by herself to find the Suriel, IN THE MIDDLE OF A BATTLE, to find the location of Hybern's main army?... I actually really enjoyed the inclusion of the Suriel storyline, but the timing of it didn't make ANY sense to me, and there really was no need to lie about it to the other characters & cause unnecessary tension/trust issues with them... It was just odd. And on that note, basically every time Feyre went off on her own to accomplish something, it was somewhat puzzling to me. I get that Maas was trying to establish that Feyre is now this badass, independent, strong woman that can take care of herself, but really, in most cases it just seemed like a dumb idea for her to leave her squad and/or lie about it, and it certainly felt like she was less effective without them most of the time). As for the pacing, there were parts of the story that seemed to drag & felt somewhat unnecessary, while others felt super rushed and unfinished. This was a HUGE difference from the first two books, both of which I literally couldn't put down, due to the pacing & crazy suspense/tension running throughout. By contrast, there were several parts in ACOWAR that felt like filler, or felt completely unnecessary & out of place?
-Another frustrating aspect were all of the undeveloped relationships. For example, there is virtually no change in the Cassian-Nesta and Lucien-Elain storylines throughout the story. Other than a few glimmers of actual emotions/feelings from Nesta, she remains extremely detached and distant the ENTIRE book, which made it difficult for me to root for her (to be fair, she did have that badass moment at the end with Cassian & Hybern, but then she seems to immediately retreat back to her same brooding, distant self?). I don't know, based on other reviews, I might be alone in my dislike of Nesta, but I just felt like Cassian was way too good for her, from the beginning to the end. And then there's Lucien's unrequited feelings for Elain that never advanced through the story at all, partly because Lucien was absent, and partly because Elain seems to have the disposition & personality of a mannequin. I mean, we get it... yes, we know Nesta and Elain are very upset about being immortal. But like, at some point shouldn't they have moved on? At least a little? It was almost like they were lobotomized in that cauldron, and they came out with no personality or emotion. Also, Azriel suddenly showing interest in Elain seemed completely out of character and odd? As for Mor - I'm totally okay with the direction Maas went with her, but I'm pretty pissed that it means she's been stringing Azriel along for literally HUNDREDS OF YEARS. WTH?... And while Mor's explanation for doing so is somewhat understandable, it still doesn't excuse the fact that she's been hiding the truth from him, when she's very aware he loves her.
-And then there's Feyre and Rhysand -- they were probably my favorite literary couple, as written in ACOMAF. Sadly, they were almost boring together in ACOWAR. Where did the intensity/passion/teamwork/banter between them go? It's like all of the exciting & good aspects of their relationship were watered down. And I feel like there was SO MUCH missed opportunity for them to be working together, being a powerful, magical, badass duo, but there was really very little of that. And as for their passion/intensity, it wasn't even close to the connection they had in ACOMAF. As many have mentioned, the sex scenes were somewhat graphic (though not any more graphic than those in ACOMAF), yet they were COMPLETELY lacking the emotion and intensity that was conveyed in ACOMAF. For the most part, there were just a lot of off-hand remarks and references to them not being able to keep their hands off each other, but the actual sex scenes were decidedly un-hot and just kind of unnecessary? My overall feeling about them together in this book can be summed up as MEH, which is such a bummer.
-There were some great aspects to the book, though. The highlights for me were: AMREN (she was awesome in this), the Suriel, the Library, meeting the High Lords, warrior Cassian, and Jurian.
Bottom line, it was an okay third book - I did enjoy reading it, and still love the series overall, but it was FOR SURE the weakest of the three. And sadly, given the lack of growth in many of the side characters, I'm just not that excited to see what happens with them in the upcoming books.
I still love everyone. Feyre & Rhys (what is not to love) Cassian, Azriel, Mor, Amren, Love them even more. Lucien, and even Tamlin moved up after the last book.
And Elain and Nesta, seeing them try to come to terms after what happened to them. I like the growth they had in this book.
I also liked getting to know more about all the different High Lords and their courts.
From page one I was hooked, and it just kept building until the very end. I wanted to read faster (to see what was next) and slower (because I did not want it to end) Really cannot say too much cause that would just spoil the book. So I will just say OMG! The ending was just, WOW! Holy Adrenalin and Emotion rush!
Glad to know there will be companion novels to go with this series. I am so not ready for this to be over. Of course I do no like the idea that we have to wait until next year lol (less)
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars
Author: Sarah J Maas
Everyone knew that A Court of Wings and Ruins was going to be a best seller. After A Court of Mist and Fury, the stakes were high. While I did not like A Court of Wings and Ruins as much, I still found it be rather enjoyable.
I will admit that this probably the slowest starting book of the series. It felt like we were taking forever to get to the action. The first two hundred or so pages, to me anyway, were a bit slow. It felt like some of that early stuff could had been cut down. I know it was information, but still. Once we did get to the action, it was really well done. It would have to say the battle at the end of the book would probably revival with the Battle of Hogwarts. It was always amazes me at how well authors can write battle scenes.
Sarah is already well known for her complex characters. A Court of Wings and Ruin is no different. While we have already met complex characters in this series, it’s almost as if they are even more developed. The more that is thrown at the characters, the more they seem to grow. Feyre is almost a completely different character. She has completely embraced the role of High Lady. Rhys’s character is also more developed. The bad boy from the first book is almost completely gone. There is a rather large cast of characters to support our main characters. They are all each different and flawed in their own ways. We get to see them all experience love and heartbreak. We get to through the horrors of war with them and see just what battle can do to a person.
There are also new characters. They are not all the “cookie cutter” cast that we’ve had so far. They are diverse. Now, Sarah never said anything about race in the other books, but I guess others did pick up on it. I really do like how Sarah is listening to readers.
The plot, though a little slow in the beginning, was well done. I loved all of the courts coming together for a simple cause. We have heard a lot about these courts in the other two books, but really weren’t exposed to come of them. Here, we get to see them all and see just how they all can come together. This is the biggest end of the plot. I’m not going to say a lot and ruin it.
I feel like everything was wrapped up rather nicely. I do hope to see these characters again, but if not, then, I’m happy with the way things ended.