Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Wings and Ruin

This book has more ups and downs than a fairground roller coaster. If you’d asked me at the start to predict what would happen, I would probably have given you a fairly detailed description. But it would all have been completely wrong. So many shock twists that I’m surprised I didn’t get whiplash.

Just as you think a character is good, it turns out that he’s not so good any more. But wait, is he really bad or might he actually be good. Sigh. So hard to keep up with, but oh so thrilling.

For 700 pages, this book went by oh so quickly. As I reached the end, I was longing for more. Over the last three books I’ve grown to love Feyre, she is definitely a strong character with her own mind, not content to sit and pine for her gorgeous mate, but willing to risk her life to save everyone again and again. That said, there were times when she was slightly reckless, but things always seemed to work out well for her.

But although I like Feyre running off and being kick-ass on her own, I also loved the times when she and Rhys were talking quietly (or even not out loud at all). You really got a sense of their connection and the more sensitive sides of both their characters. In fact, this book definitely shows you a different side to many of the characters. They’re not all war-hungry and bravado-filled, but they all bring different strengths to this epic fight that they’re undertaking.

And epic it is, so much drama packed into one book. Everytime I thought I was reading what would be the main part of the book, I’d read a bit further and realise that the bit I’d just read was nothing compared to what was coming.

Like the previous two books, this one has its fair share of steamy moments, and I would definitely be in two minds whether it’s appropriate for teenagers, I’d definitely think it’s aimed at older teenagers and young adults rather than a complete teen book. There are also some quite troubling violent scenes that wouldn’t be appropriate for those that are younger.

I think my top five favourite things about this book are:

  1. Feyre and Rhys. Their relationship just gives me all the feels.
  2. Lucien is back. I sorta shipped him and Feyre in the first book, so was glad to see him return.
  3. Well written battles – so many of them! The final battle, I have no words for.
  4. The library. Such a different side to Rhys to see this place where he cares for these abused women with no expectations of anything in return.
  5. Nesta and Elain and Feyre back together again.

I’d love love love to read more stories set in this world, I think the other courts definitely have their own stories to tell. I look forward to see what is coming next.

My rating: 5/5Average rating: 4.53
699 pages. Published in: 2017
Read in Paperbackon 29th December 2017-14th January 2018

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