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  • Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings & Ruin


5/5 STARS

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.

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Where do I even begin with this review, it is so hard to put into words how much this series means to me. If it weren’t for the A Court of Thorns & Roses (ACOTAR) series, I wouldn’t have rediscovered my love for reading. Picking up ACOTAR a year ago literally changed my life. It was a savour I didn’t even realise I needed. I finished ACOTAR within a day and raced to the bookstore to purchase the then newly released sequel A Court of Mist & Fury (ACOMAF). I had thought ACOTAR was everything; well ACOMAF blew it out of the water. Once I read ACOMAF, I couldn’t pick up ACOTAR again. Once I finished ACOMAF, the year-long wait for the third book in the series A Court of Wings & Ruin (ACOWAR) began. I honestly think I re-read ACOMAF at least 16 times just so I could be with the characters again whilst I waited ever so impatiently for ACOWAR.

I’ve never been so scared to read a book in my whole life. The characters were everything to me and knowing that even though this wasn’t the last book in the ACOTAR series, it was the end of the story for my favourite characters. I didn’t know who was going to live or who was going to die and the thought of losing a character you had fallen so hard in love with was physically painful.

ACOWAR was everything I could have asked for and so much more. Maas gave her readers a book that will stay with them long after they finish the last page (I’m actually crying as I write this review haha). The character growth through the final book was mesmerising to read, Maas continues to surprise me with her diverse range of characters and the ability to create so many amazing characters with different personalities and traits.

I turned each page in utter anticipation, even when I was sobbing (hysterically) through the last quarter of the book. Maas took my heart on an utter roller-coaster and I loved every single minute of it.

The plot never lets down, it’s action all the way through you are utterly enthralled in every single word on every single page.

The plot twists completely blindsided me: I was fist pumping, yelling, crying (with happiness and utter despair) and smiling from ear to ear. I will say this though, ACOWAR was no ACOMAF - I'm still thinking about ACOWAR every single day, but I feel as if I was more "hungover" with ACOMAF.

I know some people were disappointed in the ending as there were a few open plots for some of the characters, but it was very much intentional by Maas - the series continues in 2018!

Thank you Sarah J Maas for Rhysand & Feyre and of course for my beloved Inner Circle – for the amazing family you created.

I am waiting in utter anticipation to hear who we will be following in the next instalment of the ACOTAR Series.

NOTE - Now onto a serious note that I felt I needed to address. I have seen some nasty backlash on social media in the days leading up to ACOWAR being released, and after the release. Some people had managed to obtain an early copy and then of course people who don’t like Maas’ writing jumped on the bandwagon without even reading the book. The backlash consisted of “quotes” from the book as well as people saying the characters were not diverse enough, that Maas had Acephobia etc.

Now I have to say I whole-heartedly and honestly disagree with the backlash that I have seen. I didn’t see any Acephobia and the characters the keyboard warriors were referring to were clearly NOT asexual – all you need to do is actually READ the book to see that.

The characters in ACOWAR were most definitely diverse in my opinion, all you had to do was READ THE BOOK and if you have read the book don't forget not every bi-sexual person is the same, not every gay person is the same, not every straight person is the same and so on - we all don't fit into a singular mold - we are all different, we are all unique.

I also saw “quotes” from the novel that were actually made up – they were not in the book AT ALL – people had honestly made up quotes in order to portray Maas in a negative light and to me that’s honestly disgusting behaviour. I am all for everyone having their own opinion but when I see that kind of behaviour (people belittling not only the author, but also anyone who purchased the book), I have to say something. In no way is it OK to bully or abuse someone for their choice of reading material – you have your opinion and they have theirs – it is as simple as that.

I didn’t want to put this in my review initially, but I will not stand by when vile abuse is thrown at people and lies are spread.

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