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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) Paperback – 9 May 2017
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I loved it. Hands down the BEST new adult book I've ever read and my favourite of Maas' work (to date - I fully expect to be blown away by the next two books in this trilogy) (Winged Reviews on A Court of Thorns and Roses)
Sarah J Maas is a master storyteller. Her writing is exquisite; her characters complex, flawed and endlessly relatable and worlds all-consuming - A Court of Thorns and Roses needs to be on your shelves (So Many Books, So Little Time)
A Court of Thorns and Roses was intense, captivating, sensual, and it will make you obsess over it (Escape Into Books)
Sexual tension and deadly action are well-supported by Maas' expertly drawn, multidimensional characters and their nuanced interpersonal dynamics. A satisfying conclusion to the storyline leaves the door open for future books. Sexy and romantic (Kirkus Reviews on A Court of Thorns and Roses)
A gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious. It's impossible not to be caught in Feyre's snare as her tremendous will and heart lead her on a journey through glimmering lands and into a terrifying, dark court of nightmares. Absolutely spellbinding (New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken)
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- Item Weight : 1 kg
- ISBN-10 : 9781408892510
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1408892510
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Children's Books (9 May 2017)
- ASIN : 1408892510
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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**NO SPOILERS**( I will try)
Age Group : 13+
It is not possible to realise that this series has come to the end ( the story of Rhys and Feyre , p.s. we have 2 novellas coming).
And just to pacify those readers that still havent read it and I ensure you this isnt a spoiler, but Sarah j maas doesnt folllow the popular trend of KILLING EVERYONE. I am damn sure that she must have killed few others , but wasnt able to sleep that night , so she decided "Nope...not happening."
And I believe I need not explain my irrevocable and delirious love for this series and the author, if you have read her previous books.
As for the answers that we wish for, they are there , however there are many more mysteries that are to be revelaed by us as readers.
And last but not the least , please read it .... the internet has already started to flood with spoilers.
Dont go anywhere near your phone unless you finish it . I am trying to protect you.
May the Cauldron be with you.
Points I Liked About A Court of Wings and Ruin
Nesta and Cassian: A new couple was formed in ACOWAR and that was of Rhys’s commander, Cassian and Feyre’s elder sister, Nesta. Initially, Nesta came across as a haughty and grumpy character so I did not like her at first. I found her very annoying especially the way she would keep to herself and not mingle with the others. She had her owns reasons for being aloof but I found it a little too much after a point of time. However, her character went through a lot of changes in the book and I gradually started liking her. The fact that Nesta hates Cassian but still finds herself drawn towards him makes me root real hard for them. The two of them are strong and ruthless which makes them alike which is why they are always at loggerheads. Whenever there was a scene between the two of them I would feel overly excited because the writer would describe the look in Cassian’s eyes, the sensuous heat flashing in his eyes at the sight of Nesta, which would make me impatient to see them together as soon as possible. Nesta too shared the same feelings for Cassian as even when she looked restrained she was also evidently worried each time Cassian was hurt. However, the two of them never admit their feelings in the book and I am now eagerly waiting for them to do so in the next book.
Points I Did Not Like About A Court of Wings and Ruin
Story: The book started off well. At least the first 30% was gripping. The book starts with Feyre returning to the Spring court to her ex, Tamlin but only as a spy for the Night court. Her stay at the Spring court and her subsequent escape was an interesting read. But that was it. The book reached a high point and then staggered its way to the end. I finished the first part of the book in one sitting but thereafter it became a struggle for me because the story got really boring from there. Though I did like the meeting where all the High Lords come together to plan for the imminent war, every other event thereafter seemed lukewarm and even rushed sometimes. The war scenes too had no impact on me as I did not find it very thrilling. Also, I felt that Feyre and Rhys had much more chemistry in ACOMAF that they had in this book.
This series was supposed to end with this book and I personally feel that the extension to 5 books affected the writing in this book. It is very likely that the writer, Sarah J. Maas must have developed the story for a trilogy but since it became a hit, the series got extended and she probably had to re-think the story-lines and drag it a bit to ensure that it has sufficient content for the two extra books. Had the story ended here, I am sure it would have been neatly tied up because Maas is an extremely talented story teller but that didn’t happen and it clearly impacted this book.
Final View: I have no complaints from Sarah J. Maas’s writing or the whole ‘Court’ series. I was just left a little disappointed by this book. After the gripping ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ I was seeking something more thrilling which was missing in this book. I hope the next two books cover up for this one.
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Everyone expected it to be as good as the second one but it falls short by a lot.
This might be the only series that has an AMAZING second book and alright first and third books.
It's a nice book to revisit the characters and the world and continue with the plot.
But there are some people who were unhappy with the way the 'coming out' of a certain character was handled. Which I can't speak for so you better Google it and read all about it before picking up the book.
But all in all worth it to read about dear Rhysand again.
Overall, I love these books, even their uneven aspects; certainly worth a read!
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“Night Triumphant - and the Stars Eternal.
If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.”
Now lets get to Rhysand...erm.. what can I even say? OH YES!! HE WAS AMAZING! I loved every single Rhys moment that we got to see and I just love him as a character and even though I didn't think that his character could be developed any more after reading ACOMAF, the way Maas wrote his development blew me away it was phenomenal. Now to all my other favourites, all I'm going to say is I adore them all especially Cassian and Azriel. Again it was pure perfection. Mor and Amren's character development also really went somewhere in this book, I never expected what happens to happen and I am still surprised and amazed at the great things that Sarah J. Maas did.
The plot was so action packed and there was always something happening it was so stressful but in a really really great way, I am so glad that we got to see loads more of the High Lords, that was brilliants and I loved the meeting, I am running out of words to use to describe how amazing things were.
I only had one tiny problem, I really wanted a discussion to happen between Tamlin and Feyre near the end after you know what (No spoilers here, see I am really trying), I just really needed more. Saying that I think that things were left in a great way and I really felt satisfied with the conclusion, and I also think that the way it ended really did justice to this amazing series. I am happy with Feyre and Rhysand's ending but I really hope that we get to see them again even if its just a cameo. They will always be some of my favourite characters of all time.
“It's a rare person to face who they are and not run from it - not be broken by it.”
I definitely ugly cried and I will never get over it. I will go as far to say that part of me died while reading this book. The feels were ridiculous and I have never ever cried like I did when I cried while I read this. I'm not sure where the series is going to go and which characters we will see again but I don't care I will read anything Sarah J. Maas writes and the fact that there is going to be more from this world is enough for me. But honestly do I have to wait another year, what will I do until then.
“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have... the wait was worth it.”
Overall I loved it and I'm not sure whether A Court of Mist and Fury is still my favourite or whether this one is but I loved them both, and this series has ruined me I have a feeling that I will never find anything as good as these, I am getting depressed just thinking about it. The only thing left to say is that I highly recommend this series, everyone should read it and I think that even if you don't enjoy the fantasy genre I would be extremely surprised if you didn't like this.
5/5 Stars! (Obviously)
But...I was a little disappointed.
A Court of Mist And Fury was definitely the best book of this series.
By now, the non-stop vomiting is just beyond the pale. Enough already! There are other PTSD symptoms.
Rhys and Feyre are united, then one of them disappears without telling anyone and are in danger. And repeat.
If my Hubby had such poor communication with me...let's just say it wouldn't end well!
These two are putting their lives on the line and have a bond - let's talk, eh?
Yeah, Feyre is still pretty self-absorbed. Did she actually have a good look in that mirror? Sure?
'My sister is struggling, oh well, I'll leave someone else or herself to deal with that'. Alrighty then!?
She has all these powers - maybe use them in the battles? Develop more after the first attack? I was so chuffed for her in that moment of heroism. Oh, she's actually fighting for others - she's growing. (*fizzled hope*)
Tamlin - the guy had anger issues but didn't deserve the bad rep he gets in this book.
I'm all for gay representation, but please don't twist a heterosexual into a homosexual to do it (*sigh*). 500 years of lying to a close friend just to avoid an awkward conversation and with no hint in previous books? Hmmm...nope, not in keeping with that character.
And there were a lot of loose ends to tie up.
So many characters are added that I ended up losing track of some.
tbh, I kinda wanted someone to actually die in battle. I mean, they all seem so hellbent on doing so, it'd only be right.
HOWEVER, all that being said, I was gripped. I needed to know what would happen. And how.
There were parts which had my emotions wrung out.
3.5* for this one.
Disappointing when the last book got a rare 5* from me.
I really enjoyed the first two books of this series and was eager to read this last instalment, however, I have to say I was disappointed in this end to the trilogy and found it coming up pretty short in comparison to its predecessors. For a start the book was unnecessary long, and overall I found it quite a slog to get through, tempted at times to simply give up, and I have to confess that I ended up more skim reading certain parts.
I was intrigued with the set up at the start of the story back in the Spring Court, and think this could have been made to work really well, but in actual fact this first part of the book was pretty poor for me. A lot of this was due to Feyre constantly being portrayed with such super-powers, nothing really felt like a threat or challenge to her, as she just walked over everyone so easily. Also I know Tamlin did act badly in the second book, however, there were reasons as to why he did what he did, and I for one don't think he deserved the complete lack of mercy that Feyre treated him with here.
Indeed, I have to say that overall I didn't really like Feyre's character all that much in this book as a whole. She seemed to have lost all her vulnerabilities, and was just a bit too ruthless and arrogant for me. Its not that she's lost her compassion entirely, but she's very self-absorbed here.
I did enjoy Lucien's character in this book, indeed it may have been my overall favourite portrayal in the book, and that was because unlike so many other characters, Lucien still had his complexities (unfortunately I felt he was under-used in the second half of the story). Other favourites on the other hand, such as most of the Night Court, just were painted a little too immaturely in this book. On the one hand there is this really serious threat portrayed of the impending war, and yet so often these characters are just goofing around and making jokes, acting rather like teenagers if anything, with more interest in their romantic entanglements than anything else. Nor did these romantic sub-plots really lead anywhere though, with no character or relationship development.
Feyre and Rhysand were just too 'sickeningly' in love in this book, Rhysand himself 'too perfect', all the mystery and edge that was so present in the first book and was still maintained in the second despite understanding his character better, lost entirely now and replaced instead by a 'puppyish' character who was just bland and boring in this book (oh and once again we keep being told he is the most powerful high Lord in history, but not once did I get a display of that power). Other aspects felt forced, such as Mor's bisexuality.
Nesta and Elain I thought fared better in this book, with their new cauldron-gifted powers, and there is some interest into what their own stories might hold in future books, however, right now after this book, I'm unsure if I would take a chance and continue with the next proposed trilogy centring on Nesta.
Some of the lesser used characters, particularly those older creatures such as the Bone Carver and the Weaver, did intrigue me, but I just felt there was too much going on in this book, with a lot of convoluted storytelling and sub-plots, and ultimately these characters could have been used better than they were. A lot of the story was strategy centred ahead of the war, with too many new characters introduced and not enough time to really get to know them, like the other High Lords. Even once we got to the war itself it didn't hold my interest as it should have.
Maas continues to tell rather than show a lot of the time, with lots of exposition when it comes to characters' backstories, and whilst in previous books such flaws could be overlooked, here everything just felt too messy for it to work. Oh and the constant use of the word 'mate' in this book was just cringey.
This was just an over-bloated and unengaging book, with none of the character-driven storytelling of the previous two books, such that it ruined what had till now been an enjoyable series and I lost interest in many of the characters I had hitherto really liked. I've given it a 3 stars, but in all honesty it may be a 2.5 stars.
This third book introduces all the players in the War. Not only has Feyre got to convince a host of High Lords to help her defeat Hybern's Army (which is HUGE!), but she's also got to somehow cover up that little thing about taking a bit of each of their powers for herself to make her some sort of super badass High Lady. Bit tricky. Oh and then there's the small issue of how she's just duped Tamlin and now kind of needs his army too. Terribly sticky situation for Feyre, but absolutely wonderful for us readers - so many new characters, each with excellent back stories (because we all know Maas is a Queen of a good back story woven in), and a particularly creepy Bone Carver and other vicious beasties she might want to get on side. I feel exhausted for them to be perfectly honest but it was delicious!
The characters really come to life in this book with even more complexity than ever before. Whilst I still feel that Mist and Fury really excelled at challenging traditional characters, breaking the mould and generally being a massive improvement on Feyre's badassery, I think this book makes the slightly more secondary characters more exciting. Cassian, Azriel, Mor, Amren, Nesta and Elain get much bigger parts in this story and I really fell in love with each of them rather than just being wrapped up in Feyre and Rhys' situation. I think Maas is really excellent at making you become entirely invested in characters, even those who might seem quite detached from the initial story-line. It makes for such rich world building and I absolutely love it. I can't think of another group of characters in a book who have felt quite so real to me.
This is a bit of a slow burner compared to the previous two books, and given that it's largely focused on finding High Lords and Armies, I think that's probably why. But when the War truly begins, wow - that's fastest my eyes have ever moved across a page! The writing is utterly unstoppable; I felt like I was watching it all happen. It's that bum on the edge of your seat kind of good where you just can't predict which curve-ball is coming at you next. Equally, there are some darker elements which are so exciting and genuinely a little bit chilling. I think this element of Maas' stories is often underrated because her characters are so addictive and often take centre stage, but it was a real tension builder in this book - not to be read in a dark, shadow-filled room though.
I still struggle a little with the romance elements. Not the building of a romance; I think Maas is brilliant at leaving me wanting more in terms of waiting to see what's going to happen between characters. Particularly after Feyre having such a swift change of heart with Tamlin - you just never know what's going to happen and who she'll turn you against! But now that Feyre and Rhys are mated, the sexual tension has kind of fizzled out (despite there being lots of sex) and the sexy scenes for me are really awkward. I think it's the choice of words she sometimes uses like being "claimed" or "branded" that just destroy it for me. It's really obtuse and a bit too yuck for me. But anyway, Cassian saves the day on the romance front - what a heart-throb. Gone are the days when Rhys was my future book boyfriend - Cassian and Azriel are like some sort of heroic Godly duo aren't they?
Definitely a nice finish to the first three books, with lots of elements wrapped up and plenty more still to come. I can't wait for the next one.
Alas, Amren still gives me the heebyjeebies! So creepy.
This book is huge. It’s all story and no fluff. So much happens I was gripped the entire way. This book was less about character development as it was about the war. At the end you feel as drained as the characters. It is tense, it is stressful and it is nail biting. Just as you catch your breath from one skirmish, you screaming at another attack. It was relentless. This is why I’m giving it 4 stars. We get introduced to a lot more people and understand their motivations a bit more to make them less 2 dimensional but I wanted more relationship building. Again - maybe not quite the place cos it is all about the war but I after ACOMAF I had higher expectations. All in all - still a solid read. Even if SJM made my heart stop at the end.