Book review: A COURT OF WINGS AND RUINS by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruins (ACOWAR #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas 
Daniela’s rating:
 3 stars

Daniela’s review

Well… this could easily have 2.5 stars, but I’m going to give it 3, because I enjoyed a big part of it. I wish t would’ve been different in SO MANY THINGS. I wish I’d loved it as much as I did book two, because I seriously loved it… but I guess we can’t always have what we want.

Note: if you haven’t read the previous books, I recommend not to read this review, in case it has any spoilers.

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.

This was such a… I don’t want to say disappointment, because it wasn’t, not entirely, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting, not after reading ACOMAF. I loved the second book SO much I was willing to make every one of my friends read the entire series. I started recommending it to everyone I knew because it was just SO DAMN PERFECT. But after reading ACOWAR… I’m just not that sure about it anymore.

So, Feyre turned herself into the Spring Court once again. She needs to find every bit of information she can on how to weaken the King of Hybern, so she makes sure everyone falls for her little act of “nice, forgiving and lovely subject”. She has a plan and she’s going to do everything she can to make it work, to go back to the one she loves and her family, her Court of Dreams. I actually enjoyed her act around Tamlin and Lucien and Ianthe. I liked how she played them, especially Tamlin.

Feyre has gain more character since the first book. She’s stronger and more confident than she ever was and I like that about her. She stands for herself and those she believes can’t fight for themselves. She has one goal, and that is to protect the ones she loves. After everything she’s been through, I think it got easier for her to recognize who’s actually good and who has some hidden intentions. So, good for her.

Tamlin got even worse than he was before, and I’m never going to accept him as anything other than the prick that he is. That’s all I’m going to say.

The first have half of the book was great, it was going at a nice pace, a bit slow but I was enjoying it. Feryre was getting stronger, Nesta was opening up to learning what she needed and not only that, but embracing her new nature a bit more. I started liking her the more she interacted with Cassian. Rhys was being the beautiful thing that he is, teasing and strong and just so damn perfect. I loved the relationship the characters had. They all bring something unique to the table and make their dynamic something very special and it just got better and better with every page.

But then, as I kept reading, everything started going to shit. I’m not going to get into details, but it was a bit hard for me to believe a lot of things. People turned sides as if that’s so just so normal, as if you can just pull that shit anytime you want and not only that but others allow it? Like, seriously, because people can’t lie.


Some things were just too fake and it felt like SJM was just trying TOO hard, including stuff that would leave me thinking: “this is so unnecessary”. And seriously, I just kept waiting for the punch that never came. After reading this book and everything that happened, I felt it could’ve been a good way to end a series but when I learned we still have 3 more books… I just can’t see it working. Amarantha was a great villain for book one and then Hybern was the perfect villain for the whole thing. But now? I just’ can’t see anything working after those two. I don’t think there’s a good enough villain to top them. I’ll probably give it a try, because I’m curious about a couple of things, but… I don’t know.

I guess, we’ll see.


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