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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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"Some alliances are still dangerous--recruiting monsters to fight the monstrous is always a dicey proposition--and double agents abound. Side characters' romantic storylines are interwoven with the strategizing and even the war, pairing the expanded world with extended action sequences and character revelations, and the conclusion's ramifications will be felt in the next installments." - Kirkus Reviews
"Passionate, violent, sexy and daring. . . . A true page-turner, A Court of Thorns and Roses will envelop you in its telling, intriguing and delighting you in turn. . . . Not to be missed!" - 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
"Author Sarah J. Maas delivers what may be her best work to date in the fairy tale-inspired A Court of Thorns and Roses. Enchanting, spellbinding and imaginative." - USA Today on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
"Simply dazzles. . . . the clamor for a sequel will be deafening." - starred review, Booklist on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
"A thrilling game changer that's fiercely romantic, irresistibly sexy and hypnotically magical. . . . A flawless sequel that will once again leave us desperately clamoring for more, more, more." - USA Today on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
"[T]he world is exquisitely crafted, the large cast of secondary characters fleshed out, the action intense, and the twist ending surprising, heartrending, and, as always, sure to guarantee readers' return. . . . When has Maas not churned out a best-seller? Her ongoing Throne of Glass series is enormously popular, and this sequel in an equally devoured new series is primed for similar success." - Booklist on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
"An immersive, satisfying read." - Publishers Weekly 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
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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Tamlin didn't deserve THAT much hate and spite and punishment for locking her in the freaking house- I'm sorry, he didn't (people calling him emotionally abusive have obviously never been/seen actual emotional abuse). Ridiculous and immature. SJM RUINED his life for making some bad calls with good intentions, but yet writes Keir (Mor's evil father) off without a scratch?
Rhysand not having ONE SINGLE (and MUCH anticipated) display of the power he is so frequently spoken to have? Seriously? In the entire battle that she made us read, he didn't have ONE moment of glory displaying his huge amount of power. Nothing that we so desperately wanted from the most powerful High Lord in history. Cassian had several glory moments, but Rhysand was either drained, not present, or late to every single skirmish or battle he could have (and should have) dominated. Doesn't she know we started the series for Feyre, but we continued with it for Rhys? She failed us so totally and completely. She made him too flawed/human/frankly boring in this book.
She built Nesta's power up so, SO much. Man, we were ready to see her unleashed. It was going to be EPIC. But then.....what? It only served to throw the king against a tree? That's it? That's the "power" she stole from the cauldron? Insanely anticlimactic.
Using their father at the end was beyond my wildest dreams of suck. Seriously? You thought to redeem their worthless father by having him magically appear right at the precise moment of sure defeat with a huge fleet of ships? No. It's flimsy and completely reaching for a heart touching moment that only came off as totally cheesy. Amateur move.
Having Elaine stab the king? Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Would never happen.
Then having Rhysand die and be brought back by the High Lords giving their powers? That is such a waste of her creativity. Why? Why did she do that, out of every single possible outcome she could have imagined? It wasn't a sweet parallel to Feyre, it was just a boring rerun of something we've already experienced.
And bringing Amren randomly back? She just comes flying out of the cauldron? Wtf? Amren's sacrifice was beautiful and touching and SJM cheapened it by bringing her back, even if she was changed.
The series had the absolute most insane potential after ACOMAF, but this book was a slap in the face to everyone who waited so long for it.
- 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 characters and 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 pretty 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 (and sleeping with lots of other men, I might add) 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. Especially because I get the impression the remaining books in the series will focus on Feyre's sisters and others in the group, so it's disappointing that the end of Feyre & Rhysand's story felt so underwhelming.
-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 for the most part, and still love the series overall, but it was FOR SURE the weakest of the three for me (my gauge for this is that while I've re-read the first & second books many times, I have no desire to re-read this one)... 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.
It read a bit .like two books mashed together, with lots of big set-pieces and other-worldly lore that fell prey to the author's habit of one-upping herself. The characters whose growth I most wanted to see were almost entirely off-screen, and their adventures were ultimately not necessary to the final resolution (See: Lucien, Azriel, and Tarquin). Death wasn't real in this book the way it was in ACOTAR. Love wasn't redeeming in the way it was in ACOMAF. It was just WAR.