167. A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)

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Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

On the Shelves: YA fiction> Fantasy (WARNING: NSFW/Mature scenes)

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 2017)

Otherwise known as A COURT OF ALL THE FEELS AMIRITE?!

So…lately, for the last year, really, my reviews have been lacking. They have been a generic “good, bad, indifferent”. Well. Today that changes. Today I unleash a horde of thoughts upon you. Why? Because this book shook me up. Oh holy mother of pearl. I can’t cope. I have so much I want to talk about to do with this book I don’t even know where to begin.

I’ll begin by keeping this review SPOILER FREE. Probably a good thing otherwise it would be a good five pages long if not more!

If anyone wants to have a rant session with me feel free to message, tweet, instagram, tumblr or smoke signal me and I’m happy to fangirl over with you in the comments there- but I will keep this post itself spoiler free, so that it can be a review to the effect it deserves…as best I can, anyway.

This is the third book in the “ Court” series by Sarah J Maas, it picks up a couple of weeks after the end of a Court of Mist and Fury (which I haven’t actually managed to put a full review up for yet because I was still reeling from it, and then THIS happened.)

Feyre is now back in the Spring Court, pretending to have been separated from Rhysand (*dramatic sigh*) and their mating bond. When in actual fact she is the spy on the inside (THAT’S RIGHT HERCULES MULLIGAN!) and she is watching her enemies every move, figuring out exactly what Tamlin’s aspirations are and how Hyburns possible plans for the upcoming war and invasion may affect the courts and Prythian itself. Tamlin just thinks she is pretty * scoff.* . In fairness, we do see a couple of mini-redeeming moments for Tamlin…not that they actually redeem his actions and ignorance but, I guess, at least he tried- fair play. Throughout this book, Feyre navigates the politics of the Fae world of Prythian and also the human folk beyond the wall, all of whom are threatened to be wiped from existence should this war occur.

There is one thing that stood out to me within this book above all other factors, can we take a moment and talk about the character development which happens within this book!?

Do Maas’ talents ever end? Every single world she builds, the depth of the world itself astonishes me, never mind the depth of every single character within. I mean my god. I grew to love Nesta and Elain Archeron so much throughout this book, especially how much the three of them managed to work together and strengthen their bond as sisters. Don’t even get me started on the obviously liklihood of Nesta and Cassian with their mating bond (obvious since the end of a Court of Mist and Fury in my opinion). I love those two almost as much as Feyre and Rhysand. I just want to gather all of the inner circle in a hug and keep them all safe. The ending of this book had me sitting in my bed, rocking back and forth, going “NO WHAT!? WAIT NO.” over and over. It was dramatic, it was frenzied, it was confusing and oh my god, it was perfect.

And of course, Feyre’s personal character development over the course of the three books has been fierce. She grew into her own personality and elements and became so sure of herself  and unapologetic that she actually needed to be taken down a peg or two, granted, but my word, she is a fantastic protagonist for the series, while flawed she is strong and that is what we need!

There are going to be more books within the “Court” Arc, which take place within the same world, however they will not revolve around Feyre and Rhysand, per say, and throughout this novel and towards the end, we hear references to a cursed Queen on the continent who lives one form by day and another by night….I’m thinking- are we getting a Swan Princess re-telling arc? YES PLEASE. I have seen the description of the ACTOR novella coming up and my god I hope it has plenty of Nessian in it because my heart couldn’t handle those feelings (and yet, it wants what it wants)!

Just…. read this series. Devour these books because Maas has done it again!!

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