A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas Review

Title:  A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher:  Bloomsbury Childrens, USA

Format: Hardcover

Publication Date: 05/21/17

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

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, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


A Court of Wings and Ruin was very busy. I know that the previous book had a ton going on too, but it felt like the book was long enough to contain all of it. This book felt rushed in sections, especially the second half of the book. The methodical nature of the plot seemed to get jumbled up. Now that being said, I was absolutely exhausted reading through the second half of this book and I may have been rushing through it because I was dying to know what happened.

I loved Feyre’s journey through this series. Maas does a fantastic job of showing all of the different sides of her, and at the core is something amazing. She is prickly, harsh, kind, loving, etc. and it shows in this book. I also really loved that this book showed Feyre and Rhys both apart and together. I love the feminist aspects of this series, that Feyre is Rhys’s equal in every way. I could have done without several of the sex scenes. I liked it better when these things were hinted at, and only had few detailed scenes.

It feels overwhelming to try to type out everything that I loved about this book, and easier just to go into what I didn’t like, but this isn’t a negative review as I genuinely enjoyed this conclusion to the series. So here is my list of everything that I loved:

Nesta’s whole redeemable storyline
Elain finding her backbone
Amren and her whole amazing personality
The ourobouros and Feyre’s realizations
The Bone Carver, Bryaxis, and the Weaver
The Suriel
Dad Archeron showing up and melting/breaking my heart
The whole ending of the book

One thing I want to expound on is Tamlin’s behavior in this book. I think that he struggled with his own PTSD in ACOMAF, and his controlling ways were because of that. Now we did see signs of it in the first novel because remember he does send Feyre away “For her own good” but he does love her. I think he sees in this book by the end how he drowned that love, and I think he sees that he could never have supported her in the way she needs. He does some pretty awesome things in this book, and some pretty crappy ones too, but in the end he comes through when he’s needed, and I feel like he is not bad guy. Just a self-destructive one.

Honestly despite the few things I didn’t love about this book, and that I think ACOMAF is better it’s still getting 5 out of 5 stars. I’m not sure there was anyway to top the other book, and I wanted to give that one 6 stars! This book is going to be better on the re-read, especially when I’m not falling down dead tired.


**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“War would linger with me long after it had ended, some invisible scar that would perhaps fade, but never wholly vanish. But for my home, for Prythian and the human territory and so many others … i would clean my blades, and wash the blood from my skin. And I would do it again and again and again.”
A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas