Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Main themes: Power, Magic, Love, War
Rating: 4 stars
There’s no doubt that an outbreak of war with Hybern is on the horizon, and so Feyre must do all she can to protect Prythian as well as the Mortal Lands from being destroyed. But this is no easy task, especially as Prythian is divided into Courts who have no solid allegiance to one another. And so secrets must be revealed, and pride must be swallowed if the High Lords of Prythian wish to save their lands, and everyone close to them. A Court of Wings and Ruin brings readers a powerful and sensational conclusion to the end of a brilliant series.
I’m a big fan of this series and so I was very excited to discover how things would end for Feyre, Rhys, and many other well loved characters. The beginning was a little shaky for me- things generally felt a little disjointed, and I wasn’t as interested in Hybern as I should have been but even so, I was still enjoying the story. The beginning helped to show off Feyre’s cunning mind; she’s so smart and I love how she’s really grown into a confident and powerful woman who can get by on her own.
I’d say that the first half of the book was a build up to the war with Hybern, and so the chapters became a lot more intense and action packed as the story progressed. There was also a lot of opportunity to learn more about the characters, such as Azriel who was more sweet and understanding than I’d realised. I also loved continuing to learn more about Rhys who never fails bring out an ‘aww’ from me. He’s such a lovable character and he is so so lovely to Feyre. This series wouldn’t be the same without him!
The same thing applies to Amren’s character as one of my favourite things to come out of this story was her journey. Whilst I’ve always liked the air of mystery surrounding Amren, I really loved learning about her origins and even more about her true feelings about her companions. She’s so involved in this story which I absolutely loved and honestly if I had to give anyone the title of ‘queen,’ it would be her. She’s my absolute favourite and I just loved what was done with her character in this book.
Also, one thing that I was very happy to see within this book was the introduction of more POC characters. It helped to bring a much needed diversity to the series, which was definitely reflected in some of the High Lords we hadn’t met yet.
Which brings me to my next point… This wouldn’t be a Sarah J. Maas book if it didn’t have any jaw-dropping scenes that would have you squealing, and the meeting between the High Lords of Prythian certainly went over and beyond to achieve this. Maas certainly had no mercy for her readers when she wrote this scene and I’m glad because it will forever be one of the most memorable moments from the series for at least 10 different reasons. If you know, you know.
To conclude, A Court of Wings and Ruin was a great finale to a winning series.