- 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,202 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608 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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This book introduces more of the other high lords, which we really knew nothing about. We get to see a little bit of who they are and what makes them tick, but their stories are left for another book (yes there will be another book in the series). Most of the main storyline is resolved in this book.
I am already looking forward to the next book, targeted for 2018, so I can enjoy learning about some of the new characters introduced in this book. Gotta say, Sarah J. Maas is my favorite young adult author.
Spoiler alert: My only complaint is that considering the involvement of the primary characters in such a brutal war, it is unrealistic to expect that all of them survive. While I like all of them and want them to survive, it is still unrealistic that they all survive.
I love a good read, a good fantasy that keep me turning pages after pages and no wondering how fast time has past or worried about sleep until it's too late and the body shuts down just for some short snores......this series, this book delivers all that.
If you love strong solid adventures with characters you can believe in and love adrenaline keeping you on the edge of your seat, this is the book for it. You can blame the author for squeezing every lengthy angle before you get to breath again....just don't sue.
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)
- 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.
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