Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses series, book 3
Genre: Fantasy, NA, Romance, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Release Date: May 2nd, 2017
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Note: This post reviews the third book of the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series. You may like to read the first two books in the series, A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury, before reading this review.
Additional Note: I would like to emphasize that this series is written more toward the New Adult genre than the Young Adult genre. Because the NA genre focuses on protagonists in the 18-30 age range, the content, especially the sexual content and the language, is much more mature than the average YA novel.
Feyre is back in the hands of Tamlin, after an encounter with the King of Hybern that went horribly wrong. Tamlin, in his rage and desperation, made a deal with the King in exchange for Feyre, as if she were a possession he was trying to get back. What Tamlin didn’t know was that Nesta and Elain, Feyre’s sisters, would be dragged into it. During the encounter, the cauldron is brought forth and, to Feyre’s horror, used on her own sisters. They are Made, as she was, Fae. In the end, Feyre willingly agrees to go with Tamlin and Rhysand leaves with Nesta and Elain, both playing a part. (This is where book two left us.)
While Feyre is back in the Spring Court with Tamlin, she plays the part of the submissive female at Tamlin’s side, all the while working as a spy. She does everything she can to bring him down, including turning his own people against him. She cannot stomach how he stooped so low as to work with the King of Hybern, and then used her family. Any trace of the love they shared in the first book is long gone.
Thankfully, Feyre does not have to spend much time deceiving Tamlin, and is back at the Night Court with Rhys before long. Much of the book is spent in preparation for war – Hybern is coming to Prythian. Feyre continues to train with Cassian, and to learn to fly with Azriel, but her sisters refuse to join in. They hate what has been done to them, hate that they are now Fae. We see more of them in this book than the other two, and we also see the budding romance develop between Cassian and Nesta (in between their verbal sparring) and the could-be romance between Elain and Lucien (her mate). As we reach the end of book, the Archeron sisters become more important than ever in the war against Hybern.
Let me say again how much I love this series as a whole! (I did give it 5 roses, after all.) But even with such a high rating, there are a just a few things I want to mention to really give it an honest review:
- WHY IS THIS NOT A TRILOGY?! Sorry, but why is this not a trilogy? I think it is absolutely perfect the way it is. There are no loose ends, everything has been wrapped up beautifully, and the ending is so satisfying. So again, why is there another book coming in 2018? Not everything has to be a long series, and I for one think Maas wrote a very strong trilogy. I don’t even know what the next book will be about, unless it focuses on different characters. The story of Feyre and Rhysand has already been wrapped up so…?
- The love scenes. Does anyone else feel that if you have read one of the love scenes in this series, you have read them all? Seriously. As intense as they are, Maas definitely has her favorite words that she likes to go back to when she writes a descriptive love scene. If you can’t find different ways to express what the characters are feeling and experiencing, then it does start to feel like I have read it before. (And let me say that I absolutely love Feyre and Rhysand and their relationship, which I believe is healthy and full of mutual respect and focused on empowering the other person.)
- The ellipses. Maybe I’m getting too picky now, but… what is up with all the ellipses? I just randomly opened to a page in the book and I counted… five of them. I get that Maas is trying to make the writing conversational… so that it is like we see into the mind of Feyre… but don’t they start to lose their punch when you use them so… regularly? They should be used… more sparingly, in my opinion. Otherwise, they become… tiresome.
- The fragmented sentence structure. Again, this probably ties into the conversational way of writing, meant for us to feel close to Feyre. Like we are reading her thoughts. As if we were experiencing what she is experiencing. I have had to reread sentences several times because I don’t understand what she is trying to say. Before I realize that it is a fragmented sentence. I think incomplete sentences are fine sprinkled here and there, but Maas does it all the time. And when it becomes distracting to the reader, it slows the story down.
Sorry if I am being too harsh, but these were some things I kept thinking about as I was reading the series. My opinions may be unpopular, but I’m trying to give it a real review. Still, my rating of 5 roses stands, because these books really have become a new favorite! Sarah J. Maas is a captivating writer and I look forward to reading any other book she ever writes.
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