A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.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, Fe...

Title:A Court of Wings and Ruin
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ISBN:1408857901
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:699 pages

A Court of Wings and Ruin Reviews

  • Andreea Pop
    Sep 09, 2013

    Glorious, thrilling and completely enthralling -- ACOWAR was everything I hoped for and then some. This is how you end a series -- with love and hope and happiness painting the grand finale. Maas deserves thunderous applause yet again.

    Review to come.

  • Mirou
    May 15, 2015

    Because

    I want to shout

    I have been a massive fan of the ACOTAR series since the first book so I was highly anticipating ACOWAR.

    Because

    I want to shout

    I have been a massive fan of the ACOTAR series since the first book so I was highly anticipating ACOWAR.

    The progression brings about

    (Have five to Helion, my second favourite High Lord), each of them unique in their own way.

    When Feyre was in the Spring Court, she was so over-powered like she is a goodness and no one can stop her -

    – but

    . And thank god for incredible plot twists or else I would have died a thousand times.

    The other thing that I really enjoyed is the fact that

    . I got all emotional because

    .

    my parents were actually concerned because of my change of emotions. I cried during the emotional moments, I got stressed during the battle scenes, I laughed so hard in others, I blushed during the bold sexy scenes, but most of all,

    Like a lot especially those where a potential couple interact –

    – but

    Overall, it was

    What are you waiting for?

  • Natalie Monroe
    Jun 13, 2015

    I liked

    , I

    , I am frankly disappointed by

    .

    It's in desperate need of another round of editing. It's u

    I liked

    , I

    , I am frankly disappointed by

    .

    It's in desperate need of another round of editing. It's unpolished, full of unnecessary repetition and lazy placeholder sentences.

    Maas

    write. She's proved it over and over again, which makes ACOWAR seem almost criminal. I think the strain of writing two novels a year finally caught up with her. ACOTAR AND ACOMAF don't really count because they were written long before

    was published. All she had to do was clean up. But ACOWAR was written back-to-back with

    , which was a beefy number on its own.

    Fervent as I was for ACOWAR, I wouldn't have minded waiting another year if it meant getting quality content.

    Another thing that bothered me is how

    There is feminism, which is an underlying theme for her character, and there is what-the-fuckery. Near the beginning of the book, she is able to take on two daemati (powerful fae) who have a thousand years of fighting experience over her. Later, after she accidentally ingests a drug that strips her of her powers, they still magically flare back to life to help her triumph over two seasoned High Fae fighters.

    Right, I think I've bitched enough about the bad.

    The Inner Circle, Lucien, Nesta, Elain... they are a huge part why I rated ACOWAR as high as it is. Feyre and Rhys—in this book and this book only—aren't as interesting. Their story in terms of conflict was finished in ACOMAF and although I enjoy how Maas explores how normal couples argue and make up, I'm not as invested in them as before. There are too many other stories begging to be told: Lucien's, Elain's, Nesta and Cassian's, Mor's, Tamlin's.

    Yes, Tamlin. This fandom is too hard on him—and too forgiving of Rhys. I will never forget what he did in ACOTAR. Yet because the story is filtered through Feyre's perspective, Rhys becomes a hero who makes mistakes and Tamlin becomes a monster who commits unforgivable sins. He genuinely thought the woman he loved had been abducted and was likely being tortured. I'm not excusing his abusive behavior, but we have to remember he was suffering from PTSD too. He was trying to protect Feyre the best he could—just like Rhys by forcing Feyre to make that bargain with him way back in ACOTAR, fyi. Why does Rhys deserve dozens of free passes and not Tamlin?

    I also like that Maas seems to be

    Multiple characters within have strong romantic relationships without the mating bond, and those that do may not necessarily be right for each other.

    There aren't as many sex scenes as the previous book, which I was happy about, though not due to any misguided sense of propriety. I simply found myself bored reading about Rhys slamming his shaft up to the hilt or what not.

    While I liked them in ACOMAF, there are more important things going on here, like the war or the other courts.

    Final verdict? Bring on the spin-offs.

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  • Lexie
    Oct 17, 2015

    In these early days after the release, I'll say little and spoil nothing. This is wholly because I'm considerate and benevolent

    .

    Suffice it to say, however, that after all the sentiment holds true:

    Welcome to A Court of Pain And Feels.

    Review to home when I deem

    acceptable

    . In the meantime, you can (try to) find me in Velaris.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Apr 17, 2016

    I left out major spoilers! (But will hint at general plot points, so click away if you don’t want to know

    before reading).

    THIS BOOK TOTALLY WRECKED ME. In the best possible way (because I’m thrilled to cry for a day straight? Idk). First of all, the scope of this story is extraordinary. Events from the first half that seemed so important at the time now feel like minuscule details in the face of this EPIC PLOT.

    I left out major spoilers! (But will hint at general plot points, so click away if you don’t want to know

    before reading).

    THIS BOOK TOTALLY WRECKED ME. In the best possible way (because I’m thrilled to cry for a day straight? Idk). First of all, the scope of this story is extraordinary. Events from the first half that seemed so important at the time now feel like minuscule details in the face of this EPIC PLOT.

    Feyre’s growth from the first book where she had such low self-worth is beyond inspirational as she finds the ability to completely forgive & love herself and everything she’s been. She’s still a flawed character who makes some sketchy calls and is continually healing. And that's what I love most about this book: every single character is broken and healing. Lucien, Elain, Nesta, Cassian, Azriel, Mor, Rhys, Amren, even Tamlin. EVERYONE. And the amount they care about each other is just

    Maas manages to juggle a wide range of characters in this book, add in even more, and find really creative ways to show what’s happening with other ships besides Rhys & Feyre. I’m SO grateful for all of the page time Cassian, Nesta, Elain, and Azriel get! I’m not saying who lives or dies, but I’m realllly hoping the companion novels will be about my main ships.

    I also loved how everyone finds a different way to be strong (like in ways besides brute strength) and the story actually shows the horrors of war without glorifying killing. There’s a theme of the choices & consequences of war and how one life can change the world:

    I was curious to see how Feyre would wield her new power as High Lady on her own rather than through Rhys. A lot of stories find ways to keep couples separated until the very end so you never really see them figure out how they work together, so I thought the scenes with Rhys & Feyre just talking strengthened their characters

    much. There’s a running thread throughout the story that Rhys would rather sacrifice himself than let others be hurt and EVERYTHING GETS SO EMOTIONAL.

    But oh my goodness she and Rhys totally turned into Bella & Edward with how they’d drop all urgent issues and rush to the bedroom nonstop. I'm not against having healthy/positive portrayals of sex in YA by any means, buuut this kind of felt like overkill and I personally wanted to see the page time spent elsewhere. And I'm sure a lot of people will be thrilled those scenes are included so this isn't a complaint... but I was mostly snickering or rolling my eyes like

    - CASSIAN. My phone now autocorrects his name to caps lock if that’s any indication of my love. His entrance was epic.

    - Finally getting to see so many details of the other Courts! I NEED FAN ART

    - the Winter Court has armored polar bears and wee fox messengers with vests omg

    - Characters who have the ability to be more than the bad decisions they made in the past (while still not excusing those actions)

    - References like the Myrmidons, Ouroboros, the Illyrians, Stryga, Koschei, Thesan, Eris, Lord Thanatos, Madja, the Firebird + Vassa, Andromache, and so many others! Maas wove in Russian folk tales, Bible stories, elements of Greek mythology, and various myths from around the world in such clever ways.

    - so many plot points came full circle or were repeated in such neat ways

    - Lucien’s story

    - ALL OF THE SASS AND BANTER

    - I never thought I’d be this emotional about the Weaver, the Bone Carver, or the Suriel…

    - seeing Cassian in action commanding troops as the general

    - the absolutely amazing world

    - Serious LOTR vibes with their Council of Elrond drama & hobbit-like Autumn Court

    - Elain really reminded me of Eowyn in the Houses of Healing (and… other moments). Her character arc also kind of reminded me of Elide from TOG at times? yay

    - Rhys shows Feyre the library he turned into a refuge for women recovering from abuse and it’s more than a side comment — like Mor and Rhys genuinely

    for their mental health and also seek refuge there themselves

    - Actual healthy relationships. Rhys treats Feyre as an equal:

    - THAT WHOLE BATTLE AT THE END. I am still not ok.

    I wasn’t too sure about the first 10% though… Feyre had to explain every single action she took at the Spring Court so the reader couldn’t misconstrue her actions, which got to be a little drawn out.

    And I was nervous about how this story would end since we’ve never seen Maas finish a storyline before, but I feel like she wrapped up everything really well while still making it clear where the following companion books could continue! And I'm so excited about a ship I never thought would sail but totally might now. Basically, this world means SO much to me and I’m really happy with how everything ended.

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    Now for some points that I really do want to hear some input on:

    I think Maas listened to her readers and made a serious effort to make this book more diverse overall. There are fae of every race in every rank now, there are several gay couples with new characters (one of whom is a High Lord), another High Lord who’s either bisexual or pansexual, and a major character is gay. Maas also clarifies that Amren, the Illyrians, and a lot of other characters are definitely not white or simply “tan.” And I know Mor’s story didn’t work for some readers, but I’ve also seen others who are absolutely thrilled. So I guess I’m hoping to hear more discussion about what did or didn’t work for everyone.

    I'll point out a few parts I have seen criticism on so far: in the beginning, the niece and nephew of Hybern appear and aren’t interested in Ianthe’s advances so Feyre observes that

    That sentence really angered a lot of people in the book community and was seen as a comment against asexuality. There’s another part later where Feyre thinks

    And I guess I thought she meant incest instead of shaming asexuals, but will still mention it since it’s the center of a lot of discussion right now. So hopefully people can be aware of this going into the story, read critically, and use this as grounds for discussion and learning.

    If there is something harmful in a book, I do think the author should be held accountable and people shouldn't excuse it.

    – I’ve heard from over 100 readers throughout the past year who say that her books quite literally saved their lives. The positive impact her books have had on so many young women is incredible (even if it’s just making them think critically about how men treat them). Sometimes it seems like people scrutinize every single sentence Maas writes on a much more vindictive level with the sole aim of pointing out her faults (which are there... again, not denying this), so I want to clarify that there is an actual, important reason why I gave this 5 stars besides general fangirling squeals.

    I really don’t feel the need to explain why I relate so strongly to these broken characters, but I

    at least cover some of my current physical health situation in my review of Empire of Storms. I’m still struggling to survive day to day, contrary to whatever illusion social media + photoshop creates. I can't even try to explain the exhausting physical battle, but will say that the mental endurance for years of isolation is a whole other challenge. So to find this family of characters who have been through hell physically and mentally, yet still manage to find hope, love, and fight to survive is more powerful than I can say. These books and characters have been a total lifeline for me (and so many friends) and I will always be grateful to Maas for them. So maybe pause before you judge me as a white girl with an easy life who blindly supports anything Maas writes out of clueless privilege.

    Most of the bloggers I follow who are strong diversity advocates gave Everything, Everything 5 stars for its diversity despite what I found to be hurtful ableism. It never once crossed my mind to disown them as “wrong” because I know rating books is complex and reflects our own individual experience with a story.

    And just because I identified so strongly with the positive rep doesn’t mean I’m ok with the rep that didn’t work as well. (Ex: I personally wasn't huge on how yet another bisexual character wants to sleep with literally everyone they see). My 5 star rating is not trying to brush those parts aside, imply that the problems in this book weren’t as important as the parts I liked, or to overlook any issues. I struggled with this rating, but in the end the amount that this book has helped me and so many readers I know is overwhelming.

    And I genuinely do hope that there can be a respectful discussion in the comments because I’m curious how others experienced the same story. If I missed some problems that really stood out to you, I genuinely want to hear about it and learn. My rating is definitely not written in stone and will probably change as I reflect more on the book (like how my ACOTAR rating has fluctuated anywhere between 2-4 stars).

    Thank you to the wonderful Brittney for texting me nonstop while reading and surviving this with me –

    .

  • Emily May
    May 05, 2016

    I wish so much that I could tell you I loved this book... but I just didn't.

    After thinking

    was such a huge improvement from

    , I was really excited for this third installment. I even preordered it. But I really struggled to get into the book from the very start. From

    to

    that did nothing for me, it was one disappointment after another.

    I've said this before but I really

    . At her best, she

    I wish so much that I could tell you I loved this book... but I just didn't.

    After thinking

    was such a huge improvement from

    , I was really excited for this third installment. I even preordered it. But I really struggled to get into the book from the very start. From

    to

    that did nothing for me, it was one disappointment after another.

    I've said this before but I really

    . At her best, she writes them strangely with words like "branding" and "claiming", but here they were just plain icky. With all the talk of "mates", "growling" and "purring", and the climaxing from stroking one another's wings, I felt like I'd walked in on two animals rutting in the mud. Ugh.

    And another thing-- Feyre and Rhysand are already mated and loved up to their eyeballs so there was

    , no will they/won't they, which made the sex scenes so boring.

    What's strange about these sex scenes is how they manage to somehow be both graphic and coy at the same time. Maas never actually uses explicit words. If a young kid picked up this book, they might assume Rhysand and Feyre were dancing or playing an instrument.

    And her vagina is usually described as "there" or "where I want him". Then, at the same time, these scenes are weirdly overwritten, with her orgasm (obviously not called that) leaving her “skin glowing like a newborn star in its wake”. It's just really not my thing.

    I was disappointed with the writing in general, to be honest. Maas seemed to write a lot more "tell" and a lot less "show" than usual. I was especially disappointed at the wasted opportunity for some underhanded manipulation in the first part. After how the last book ended, Feyre was kind of "undercover" at the start and in a position for lies and sneakiness. Except it was mostly her swanning around and quietly seething to herself about how much she hated Ianthe and how much of a douche Tamlin is.

    But I think the worst thing was the overall pacing. It's a long book, but I can normally sprint through Maas's works in a day, yet here it was

    . Especially the first half. It's taken up with a lot of character conversations and strategizing for the upcoming war with Hybern. It lacked a pull, a sense of urgency, some kind of tension to make me need to know what happens next.

    I cannot believe they've announced another

    for this series. Why??? I can only hope they are some kind of spin-off series because, otherwise, either a) we will have to suffer through who the fuck knows how many more awkward, unsexy Feyre/Rhysand sex scenes, or b) Maas will destroy Rhys's character and hook Feyre up with yet another hot fae dude. I'm not sure which is more likely.

    The later chapters of this book picked up in pacing, but I think it was

    . This is a whopping 700-page monster and it obviously didn't need to be. I will say that I liked how things were left with Tamlin, but seeing as that part was only a few sentences long, it doesn't make up for everything else.

    I'm thinking this is where I drop out of this series.

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  • Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
    Jun 17, 2016

    Ill get this out of the way first though- there are very steamy scenes in this. My opinion is that they can easily be skipped, but just FYI. Also, there are triggers and such in this book that might upset /hurt some people. I'd recommend going in with caution or making yourself aware.

    The plot was insane, and I’d expect no

    Ill get this out of the way first though- there are very steamy scenes in this. My opinion is that they can easily be skipped, but just FYI. Also, there are triggers and such in this book that might upset /hurt some people. I'd recommend going in with caution or making yourself aware.

    The plot was insane, and I’d expect nothing short from Sarah. The beginning was obviously at the Spring Court. I didn’t agree with everything that Feyre did, but holy crap it was a fun first bit of the book. SO MANY AMAZING LUCIEN MOMENTS AHHH. I am a hardcore shipper of the Feyre/Lucien being best friends ordeal. Also Lucien is like.. my fav.

    I’m not going to go over many other plot details because it is SO much better if you go in blind- but wowza, so much happens. We get to see several of the other courts and meet ALL the high lords. New characters are introduced, and old ones (like the Suriel and the Weaver) come back too! This book focuses mostly on war/political maneuverings and honestly I LOVED that. It was so interesting watching the dynamics and plotting between the courts.

    Now, since I’m exhausted for typing out the rants below, I’m just going to share a plethora of points that made my heart skip a beat.

    1. Lucien.

    2. Feyre + Lucien destroying the twins with the Bogge

    3. Amren’s sass

    4. Cassian/Nesta dynamic literally the whole book

    5. The library scene

    6. THE COUNCIL/COURTS MEETUP AHHH (and all the High Lords omg - and Tarquin!!)

    7. Azriel punching Eris in the face

    8. All the banter. All of it.

    9. Feyre taking out Ianthe and how she did it OMG

    10. The final battle omg. And the three creatures that show up ;)

    11. I CRIED ANGRY TEARS WHEN THE DAD SHOWED UP

    12. Nesta screaming for Cassian

    13. Elain stabbing the – you know who

    14. AMREN OMG YOU GAVE ME A HEART ATTACK WOMAN

    15. And when Amren was slapping Feyre to snap out of it LOL

    16. MIRYAM / DRAKON / JURIAN AHHH

    17. AMREN BEING UNLEASHED

    18. WHAT RHYS DID AT THE END. I STOPPED BREATHING. I CANT TALK ABOUT THAT STILL BECAUSE I AM NOT OKAY.

    19. Tamlin and what he did 'Be happy Feyre'. I LOVED how Maas handled him in this book. Realistic, believable.

    20. The Court of Dreams (I’m sobbing)

    21. REALISTIC CHARACTER ARCS AHHHH

    Okay, so yeah, that was not a coherent review. I’m hoping for a Miryam/Drakon book, a Lucien book, and maybe a Vassa book?! I’m still crying over Mor/Az and I do think he deserves to know. That whole thing is just so sad. I’m still holding out for Az + happiness and Lucien + happiness. UGHSDLFkj;ladksfj.

    The biggest issue I had with the storyline was that there's so much left open. My heart is having a hard time coping with that. I know we're getting more books/novellas (that aren't apart of Rhys/Feyre's pollen) but still. I just feel empty and sad for some of the characters. I almost considered taking off a star because of my bleeding heart. (You can see more of my issues below.)

    Last note- this does not trump ACOMAF at all. Nothing will. But it was just so much fun (and stress).

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    First and foremost – Sarah isn’t the author for everyone. People either seem to connect with her or they don’t. But hear me when I say this.

    . But what I’ve seen on twitter/goodreads/tumblr is beyond that.

    Stop stop stop judging people for what books they connect to. You can love something and see its flaws. You can be CRITICAL, and yet find some good, and be tactful at the same time. I’ve never seen this amount of hate towards an author or

    in my years of reading. Never. So I’m going to open up and try to explain what I feel the best I can.

    (If you have something hateful to say, please do it elsewhere. I don’t mind if people disagree with me- and

    But her fans (me included) have been lumped together, called many names, insulted, and harassed. I’ve been labeled as privileged and ignorant, all because I found something that I connected to in her books. Does it go both ways? Yes. It has to stop.

    Point number one:

    You can’t tell someone’s health, financial situation, sexuality, or mental well being from a username or a profile picture (most of the time.) When you lash out, you are talking to a HUMAN BEING on the other end. Hateful comments get nothing done.

    Now,

    I don’t agree with every little detail in her books. I don’t worship the ground she walks on. Yes some of the

    . But she’s given me (and so many other readers) something important in these books. Here’s a little bit of my story (that I’m not even that comfortable sharing, but whatever. I want people to understand that there is more to a ‘reader’ than meets the eye.) I have a disease that robs me of most of my physical function. 2-3 days out of the week, I’m in an IV room. I can barely eat, I’ve lost my dream job because I’m too sick to work, and I have about 2-3 hours of energy in the day to where my brain is properly functioning. That’s only the beginning of my symptoms. When I read ACOMAF, I was in tears the entire book. Feyre’s brokenness and PTSD – I saw myself in that. I've been there. (I’m shocked people have the balls to make fun of a character going through that. You know who you are.) And there’s about a billion other things I could point out about why I connected so deeply to this series- but most of all, it was the choosing to fight and choosing hope. And it was about me waking up in the morning knowing my body wasn’t going to allow me to do anything, but there was something to look forward to in my day – something I could read that would be inspiring, hopefull against all odds, and also just plain fun. Something bright in my day. Sometimes that is a huge deal for someone in my position.

    I also appreciate that Sarah makes a point to write a relationship where the guy is all about the woman's independence. I've seen reviewers say Feyre's character arc and healing was tied to Rhysand which means she's ultimately weak for that. Let me tell you something. Having someone help lift you out of the dark does not mean you are weak, whether it's a lover, a friend, a parent, etc. He ended up being her mate, sure, but does she pine around all day for him? Is she broken without him?

    One of the biggest complaints I see about SJM is the lack of diversity. I totally agree, but she ramped it WAY up in this book. (Most all of the new characters, including the High Lords. Skin color is clarified for the Illyrians AND Amren.) Yes I’ve seen the comments about the ace stuff but I think it was entirely misinterpreted because the twins are very obviously sexually active with each other, and Feyre knows this. I took it as she was referring to their evilness/incest, but I think the editors made a huge mistake in that. I understand if people have interpreted it different ways. The stuff about Mor, I honestly can’t react to – but I have two friends already that cried and hugged the book after that saying that they have never related to a character more. Was it good representation? I don’t know, honestly I don’t. These are great discussion points so everyone can learn. But SJM is trying. Listening. And that's better than nothing.

    There are some great points for discussion in the book - how she could improve/etc. There was some sketchy wording that the editors really should have caught. Some of the things I disagreed with aside from feeling unsure about the above - I wasn't fond of Feyre doing everything for revenge in the beginning, but she does admit the flaws in this later on. I wasn't crazy that Mor hid those things from Az, even though her situation is really sad. There's a few more I can't remember at the moment.

    . And whether or not you agree with Feysand, I can tell you this. Every girl that reads this series is thinking more critically about their relationships. THAT IS A GOOD THING. And quite frankly, the people that I’ve seen hating her are the same people that rave about books like ‘Everything, Everything’ and ‘Me Before You’ – both I consider deeply deeply problematic – but yet these authors (and other ones) are not held to the same high standard SJM is. Again,

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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Jan 21, 2017

    All I can say is wow. I am entirely drained, emotionally and mentally, but it was well worth the price. I'll write more once I process, but I needed that life lesson right now. Life is truly precious and a gift daily; let's treat it as such. ❤

    All I can say is wow. I am entirely drained, emotionally and mentally, but it was well worth the price. I'll write more once I process, but I needed that life lesson right now. Life is truly precious and a gift daily; let's treat it as such. ❤️


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