Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

*Warning this post contains spoilers for the first two books in the series, A Court of Thorns and Rose and A Court of Mist and Fury*

Read my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses:here!
Read my review of A Court of Mist and Fury: here!
(Bear in mind the above reviews were written at the time when i first read the books and are a bit outdated in terms of my feeling towards the story)

Series: A Court of Thorn and Roses

Publication:May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Goodreads Description:

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 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.

My thoughts:

I loved ACOWAR, I had so much fun reading but ACOMAF is definitely my favourite in the series.

I thought it wasn't possible for Feyre to grow anymore after ACOMAF but I was wrong. Feyre's development in ACOWAR was perfectly paced might not be as visible as her journey in ACOMAF but i loved it all the same. She has an amazing arc and it is hard to imagine her as the girl she was in the beginning of ACOTAR. In ACOWAR we really get to see her struggle with balancing being High Lady and friend/family to those around her and coming to terms with some of the decisions that are on her shoulders as High Lady. I love she was never portrayed as anything less than Rhys and they acted as a team in their High Lady and High Lord duties.

I really liked how much page time all the other characters got. We really got to know the Inner Circle even more than we did in ACOMAF. Firstly, I love Rhys like most people but be warned he goes down the self sacrificing and blaming himself for everything route in AOCWAR and it got annoying at times and I was frustrated at him. I loved how much of Azriel we get. He quickly became one of my favourite characters. He has a lot more page time in AOCWAR compared to ACOMAF- I think his and Feyre's friendship is developed really well in this one. I loved Cassian in ACOMAF but not I am obsessed with him. He has so much great scenes in ACOWAR. I feel like Rhys, Cassian and Az's friendship really shines in this book.

There is lots of discussion going around the fandom regarding Mor- it is spoilery so I won't say what it is about but I will say I enjoyed her character and some of her badass scenes were my favourite to read but I have a few problem regarding her actions as they felt out of character sometimes. (If you've read the book you probably know what I'm talking about- if you want to discuss go on tumblr; there is loads of discussion going on over there!).

The Archeron sisters- I love Feyre and I will always love her but Nesta. Oh my god do I have so much respect and admiration for her. I connected so well to her and love her to pieces. She is one of my all time favourite characters. She really shined in this book! I liked getting to know Elain a bit more but didn't connect to her as much as i did Nesta.

I found the plot to be a bit slow at first; like the first 100 pages were good but it's not until about half way when it gets amazing! There is lots of twists and turns and the battles!! Oh the battles we have all been waiting for! They do not disappoint! There was a handful of things I found predictable but I still had fun reading. I do think the plot suffered a bit because  of Feyre's first person narrative. I think there was so much missed opportunities for exciting scenes because Feyre is our only narrator .

There is a little bit of world development but not much; we are introduced to all the High Lords which was interesting and we do visit multiple new courts but I don't think there was much development as there was just a lot going on so there wasn't much time to be exploring these new places.

The lack of diversity in SJM books is a known thing in the book community and many people hate on her for it and while she is one of my favourite authors I do agree 100% that there is a lack of diversity in her books. I think she did listen to her readers and I do think she made an effort on this front in ACOWAR. She does clarify on skin colour- something she was extremely vague about in her previous books. And there is more diverse range of sexualities represented in the book- were they all accurate? I can't say. But the fact that she included them means she is trying and while it might take a while to get it right I am glad she is listening to feedback and using it to improve her writing. The character's from the other courts we are introduced to as racially and sexually diverse. One of the storylines didn't work for some readers (me included) but I've read reviews of others who were thrilled about it so I guess it's up to you but I felt like this characters sexuality was used a bit like a plot device and was only added in to please readers and it contradicted a lot of the characters previous actions. 

There is two lines which people have been interpreting as acephobic which I think are important to highlight. They aren't spoilery so no need to worry. Personally I only noticed the first and I interpreted the second as something different so I'll only mention that one which is: “perhaps any sort of physical passion had long ago been drained away, alongside their souls.” - I can see why people were angry about this and thought it was important to mention.

All in all it was a satisfying 'conclusion' but readers can tell that Maas also consciously sets up plot lines to be explored in the spin offs and introduces unresolved conflict to ensure that the series has somewhere to go. I really really enjoyed but didn't love it as much as ACOMAF.

My rating: 4 stars out of 5
Thanks for reading,
A :)

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