Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

4 out of 5 stars

Format: Library Hardcover - NA Fantasy - Goodreads Summary:

"Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings 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."

Not to brag, but I've been picking some really amazing books lately! I had high hopes for the third installment of the ACOTAR series, and Maas did not disappoint. It was packed with information, stakes, and strategy as our favorite faerie fam goes off to war. This book was better than the first, but not quite as good as the second for me. The writing style was incredible, and the amount of plot Maas covered made this third book very dense. That's not to say it was bad, but this was the book we all knew was coming. We all knew the faerie world and human world would clash at some point, in a war driven by the evil king. This was that book. So it didn't feel as wonderfully shocking and original as ACMAF, but it still delivered. Big time. 

My biggest critique as far as character developments goes: it's revealed that one character is gay near the very end of the book, and this felt like a cheap trick. The fact that a) it was this big secret reveal made it gimmicky, and b) it was saved for the end. Why not make that known so we see it play an actual role in the character's life? It was used as a plot device--a shock and awe--(which also makes me mad because it shouldn't be shocking anymore...) instead of letting it be part of the character's actual identity. I can it now, telling Maas she should probably diversify her book a little more (which was a critique of the first 2 books by readers) so she should throw in an LGBTQ+ character. Uh...that's not how it should work. 

The romantic scenes sometimes felt out of place, like the author was trying to get them out of the way, or drop one in to satisfy readers. It upped the cheesiness, but I love Feyre and Rhys so much, I didn't care. Overall, the relationships between the characters were great. I knew all of them already (from previous books), so their motivations were much more clear.

Overall, a must-read if you've started the series! The issue with how the LGBTQ+ character was a major factor in why I didn't give it 5 stars. It's a fantastic book, and covers so much, I felt like I had to take notes, haha. They just announced more books in this series, but these 3 definitely stand alone as a nice trilogy.