Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Facts

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin | Author: Sarah J. Maas | Number of pages: 699 | Genre: Fantasy | Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens | Price: 12,99 € | ISBN: 978-1619634466 | Where can you get it? Amazon* [Germany] Amazon [UK] Amazon [US]

About?

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. [goodreads]

Reading Time

I feel utterly destroyed. Like dead.

This book series makes me doubt whether I have read books in the right way before I started this series. It was only through these novels that I realized what I have always missed in the stories of the past years. This book series is by far one of the best I have ever read. First and foremost, it is the second book that has completely destroyed me and already triggers enormous emotions in me when I even think about the course of the story. It moved me in a way I wouldn’t have thought possible of a fantasy novel.

“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”
A Court of Wings and Ruin | Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas overwhelmed me with her cunning writing style. It is so perfectly iscienated, so absolutely perfectly written! Death and life so close to each other that the tension between the pages were driving me crazy.

“Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”
A Court of Wings and Ruin | Sarah J. Maas

I love Feyre so much! She became one of my most favorite protagonists I have ever read a story about. She is so easy to handle with, so lovely and strong in her own admirable way. Her perspective is described so genuinely that within a few sentences I have already lost myself in her world again.
At the beginning of the book we find ourself back at the Spring Court and that was exactly the point where I started hating Tamlin. I disdained him and immediately pitied him for his helplessness. But my pity diminished with each further action on his part. I liked the way Sarah J. Maas played us against Tamlin, starting at the end of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Though I haven’t really found great sympathy for him in the first place, I haven’t disliked him in the way I did through this book. Though dislike is by far too friendly to put it: I really unmistakeable hate him. His actions made me as mad as every one else in the story felt.

“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world – the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”
A Court of Wings and Ruin | Sarah J. Maas

Nesta for president. Ouh, I might be alone on this one but I love, no, I adore Nesta. She is my highlight of the book. At some point I had hoped so badly that some scenes would have been written from her perspective. I’d love to know her thoughts, how her mind works.

„If I had not met a shadowsinger, I would not have known that it is the family you make, not the one you are born into, that matters. I would not have known what it is to truly hope, even when the world tells you to despair.“
Rhysand | A Court of Wings and Ruin | Sarah J. Maas

The course of the book carried me away although there hadn’t been quite as much surprises as in the second and first novel it still wrapped some thrilling tension around me. The most special thing about this book have been the little stories in-between. We get to know our lovely Inner Circle. Their stories moved me and let me wonder what Sarah J. Maas will write about in the upcoming novels. There have been quite a lot hints as to what will happen and I am more than curious to get to know every little detail about it.

I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… The wait was worth it.
Rhysand | A Court of Wings and Ruin | Sarah J. Maas

Though I loved this book so much I still have a few negative aspects to point out: I am not convinced by the way a few situations were handled. Some things just happened to easily, too good to be true. But: Our protagonist already suffered enough so that I think maybe some greater luck wasn’t all that bad after all. Apart from that: There have been two situations where my heart stopped. I mean literally stopped beating. Most shocking situation of the series, really.

Result

An overwhelming ending, which does more than justice to this series. Although my highlight definitely remains in the second book of this series, the third book definitely can keep up. The main reason I liked this book so much were the stories and lives we get to know. Sarah J. Maas is telling us everything about their being, their past. This book has made sure that I take every single one into my heart and that I will probably never forget these people.

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