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A Court of Wings and Ruin- Review

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Blurb:

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. Contains mature content. Not suitable for younger readers.

Review:

A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third book in Sarah J. Mass’ epic fantasy series- A Court of Thorn and Roses. This is Mass’ second fantasy series after her bestselling series Throne of Glass.  This review contains spoilers, so do not read it if you haven’t read the book yet (or if you are still reading it). The story didn’t engross me like A Court of Mist and Fury, which I finished in one sitting. The character development and world building in this book is more widespread and well-developed but the lack of twists and turns made the story a little dragged-out.

The tale picks up where A Court of Mist and Fury left off. Feyre is at Spring Court, trying to rip apart Tamlin’s court from inside. I was looking forward to this part where Feyre is supposed to be deceitful and sneaky. But instead of gathering information on Hybern’s war strategy and Tamlin’s maneuverings, she just kept fuming inside about how much she hated Tamlin and Ianthe. I still don’t understand how she took down Spring court by gaining trust of people. These people are serving Tamlin for hundreds of years and they revolt against him because of Feyre? The reason was not compelling enough. Also in order to avoid misinterpretation, Feyre continuously explains her actions in monologue, which made this part of the story really drawn-out.

The story becomes interesting once she gets out of Spring court. The part where she fights Hybern twins and confronts Ianthe is well-written. I liked the way Mass portrayed Feyre-Lucien moments. It is not overdone. Lucien is one of the most compelling character in this series. He is given a larger role in this book as compared to the last one. More time should have been devoted to Lucien’s role in the war which has been completely omitted. Considering that Mass is coming up with new books in this series, it is not hard to decipher that she is saving Lucien-Elain story arc for one of the next books.

As usual sex scenes in the book are pretty melodramatic and exaggerated, along with the excessive use of words such as ‘mate’, ‘purring’, ‘growling’ etc. There is a scene in the book where Feyre is drenched in blood & sweat and Rhysand offers to lick every inch of her clean. It is supposed to be a flirtatious banter between them but it was utterly cringe worthy.

The best part of this book is still world building. First two books were dedicated to Spring court and Night court. But in this one we finally get to see more of other Prythian courts and their High Lords. The back-story of the High Lords and other secondary characters added depth to the story (loved Mor & Viviane’s girl bonding). In the past, many readers pointed out that Mass’ books are Eurocentric and lack diversity. She really made a serious effort this time to add more diversity in terms of skin-tone and sexual orientation. However, the representation is far from perfect and includes many stereotypes which are commonly associated with LGBTQ people.

As the relationship between Feyre and Rhysand is already established, Mass focused more on the development of secondary characters. We get to spend more time with Inner Circle along with Nesta and Elain. Each one of them has their own emotional turmoil which is portrayed skillfully. After being made by the Cauldron, Nesta and Elain are suffering from PTSD and fighting it in their own way.  Mor, Cassian and Azriel have their own emotional dilemmas to deal with.

Not only the High-fae and newly introduced human characters (Jurian, Graysen) are given adequate amount of page-time but we get some actual revelations about Amren, Bone Carver and Weaver of the Wood (Stryga). Their history & identity is revealed along with how they ended up in this world.

Most of the story revolves around finding potential allies and negotiating terms of the war. I liked how the battle has been divided between different places and not turned into some epic one day war. It was interesting to see the ancient creatures helping our heroes in the war. I was really worried about how Mass is going to wrap up the series. Whether she will kill any major character or not. Turns out she ‘killed’ and brought back two characters to life. It is kind of strange how none of the major characters die in the end. I liked how she ended things with Tamlin. He is one of the most complex character in the book and I hope that Mass writes more about him in her upcoming books.

Mass’ writing style is not for everyone. She is by no means a terrible writer. She just needs to curb her tendency of exaggerating the narrative with unnecessary adjectives. As I pointed out earlier also, her world building is phenomenal and she writes characters so well that readers instantly fall in love with them. Her writing style is not faultless. But with every new book she is improving and that’s what matters in the end.

My rating: 3.5/5

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