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.
That’s right…you read it correctly….I am ACTUALLY writing a book review! My first in probably almost a year. Sadly enough, this is probably the first book that I’ve read (for personal enjoyment) within almost a year. Yes, I’ve been that busy. I DID purchase A Court of Wings and Ruin as soon as it released to the public….I just haven’t had a chance to actually finish it until about a week or so ago. Read below for my thoughts:
Let me note that I probably cannot write this review without spoilers. Be warned.
I have been a HUUUUUUUUUGE fan of this series since the get go. Fairy books tend to not really be my type of thing, nor do retellings, but nobody writes quite like Sarah J Maas does. I will basically read anything and everything that she writes. I’m just super behind on all of her books.
Going into ACOWAR, I had really high expectations. Mostly because the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury, was SO GOOD. By far the best in the entire series. That being said, ACOWAR fell a little short for me because of that sole reason. Having the second book be SO GOOD meant that the third book had to exceed those expectations……it really didn’t. I still loved it, but I felt that there was so much potential that just wasn’t even tapped in this book.
I had three really big things going on in this book that kind of held me back from loving it as much as the previous two books. The first thing that really bothered me was the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin. I felt like that relationship kind of peetered out after the first half of the second book. In fact, he hardly makes any appearances whatsoever in this book. I thought that was kind of a shame because Tamlin was SUCH A MAJOR ROLE in both the first book and the first half of the second book. I felt like it was disservice to loyal fans of this series (and especially to fans of Tamlin) to have his character take such a turn and then to almost have him cast aside throughout the series. Don’t get me wrong…..I was Team Rhysand 100%, but I expected a little more to happen with Tamlin. I’m very curious to see if Maas will do anything with his character in future books……mostly because I feel like his story deserves to be told.
Another thing that really bothered me throughout this story was the characters of Feyre’s sisters. I personally felt like they should be crazy powerful and something that we haven’t seen before. I found both of them to be very weak power wise and was really confused with why the ending of the second book even happened to begin with. Nothing major happened with either of them throughout this book…they mostly just felt like filler space. If you’re going to do something major like that to a character, then live up to it. I was really disappointed in both of their characters.
The third MAJOR thing that bothered me throughout this series was how lovey dovey it was and how some of the characters kind of lost their “specialness.” Feyre was especially annoying throughout this entire book. I found it very difficult to like her even a little bit. While book 2 really focused on the developing relationship between Feyre and Rhysand, book 3 made it seem like they had been together for 500 years and kind of lost that cute, unique spark that we were introduced to in the second book. I just didn’t connect with their relationship nearly as much as I did in the second book. I also thought that a majority of the book was focused on side-relationships and took up most of the book. While I love romance in my fantasy books, that’s not all that they are about. There’s a certain ratio that romance should appear in fantasy. I wanted to see a lot more fantasy and less romance.
ALSO. WHAT. THE. HELL. What happened between Mor and Az?!!?! That relationship has been teased since the MOMENT that they were introduced. I’m not kidding…literally every scene with them had it teased and readers anticipating their relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I FULLY support LGBTQ in books……but I seriously felt shorted. I felt like it rubbed under my nose for over a year now that Az and Mor were going to be a couple and had this die hard love for each other…..only to be told that it was NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. That’s not okay. If I had a physical book instead of my Nook, I would have thrown it across the room.
Fantasy wise, the book was still unique and beautiful. I was hoping for some more legit fantasy scenes…..but…oh, well. I’m hoping that improves in future books in this series. I just really want to see MORE fantasy…MORE cuteness….and LESS focus on all the relationships between every single character in the entire book.
War wise…I was disappointed. I thought that the ending was quick and predictable. Also, let’s face it, characters need to die in Fantasy book. Big scenes need to happen. It was almost like Maas was afraid to take that leap and destroy characters to break the hearts of her readers. Really, though, those scenes would have MADE this book. I was shocked that they didn’t happen.
Overall, the book WAS good. However, it was my least favorite in the entire series. There was just so much more that needed to happen in this book. I’m obviously still a loyal fan of Sarah J Maas….I just…….want more than what was offered in this one.
Rating: [rating: 3]