Inner Cover Book Summary: “Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythia 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.”
RATING *5/5 STARS*
*MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
I absolutely loved A Court of Wings and Ruin. Sarah J. Maas has only further proven she is a literary genius!!!
The first half of the book is kind of slow in terms of action. Instead, it is filled more with the strategy leading up to the impending war. I noticed ACOWAR received several low reviews because of this. I thought it contributed greatly to the plot, though. It gives the reader the thought process behind the moves. War is like chess in that there is a lot of strategy.
There are a few hot and heavy romance scenes in A Court of Wings and Ruin, as there are in the two previous books. I would not suggest anybody under the age of sixteen read these scenes, unless they are mature enough to handle it. The romance scenes, however, depict a healthy, married relationship, which is extremely rare in the young adult books of today. All things considered, I would rather have young adults reading about these kinds of relationships then the hook ups which seem to permeate our present culture.
Unlike the first two books, A Court of Wings and Ruin has a lot more diversity. It is revealed that one of the main characters is a lesbian. In addition, one of the High Lords is bisexual while another is gay. SJ Maas did not give sexual scenes with these characters. She did, however, take time to explain what these terms meant. I thought it very classy. She presented these characters naturally instead of forcing them upon us.
My favorite part of the story is the war at the end. In retrospect, it is reminiscent of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I felt as if I were there, feeling what the characters were feeling. I felt Nesta’s anguish and fury, Feyre’s worry and ferocity, and Rhys’s determination. I was sad I finished this book so fast.
A highly anticipate the next book, even though we have to wait an entire year *crawls into the corner and cries*! I hope you decide to read A Court of Wings and Ruin. Let me know what you think if you do!