- Language: English
- Genre: High Fantasy
- Pages: 229 Pages
- Format: Paperback
- Author: Sarah J Maas
- Publishing Date: May, 2018
- Publisher: Bloomsbury India
- ISBN-10: 1526603888
- ISBN-13: 978-1526603883
ACOWAD- A Court of Weariness and Disappointment
First of all, it’s not the fourth book in the series, it’s a fanfiction.
It took me a while to write this review because for the most part I didn’t understand why this book was written. Honestly speaking, I was beyond excited to read this novella because I assumed (from the blurb) it’s going to deal with aftermath of a war. But it took me almost seven days to finish this 200+ page book and even after finishing it, somehow I ended up feeling disheartened. So here is the big reveal- there’s no plot/ character development in this book whatsoever. There is not a single pivotal moment in this story which captured my heart. Nothing really happens in this “novella”.
Let me tell you I am not an ACOTAR series hater. I absolutely love the characters and enjoy their stories. That’s why no matter how much I cry about Sarah’s sloppy writing style; I always end up reading the next book. But I can’t read a two hundred page long book where Rhys & Feyre are either Christmas shopping or mentally undressing each other. You need to give me something more than that.
Normally when we read a book, after reading fifty pages we have an idea what that book is about. But even after finishing this one, I was completely clueless why it exists. Throughout the story (using the word loosely) I was rolling my eyes because of the cringe worthy dialogues. Sarah really took the ‘mate’ thing too far this time. I mean “gentlemales”, come on kill me already. With every upcoming book her obsession with this word is getting out of hand. The sex scenes had so much potential but as always she killed it with her excessive graphic descriptions.
I was looking forward to read more about Nesta, Cassian, Lucien and Elain. But their story felt repetitive and drab. Sarah took her time to develop these characters in ACOMAF and ACOWAR. By the end of last book, the story arc of these characters changed a lot. But in ACOFAS none of the characters really moved forward (not even little bit). It felt as if they were again back to square one. Even Amren was dull and disappointing. She just kept complaining about pooping and peeing.
Tamlin was the only character in this book who was little bit interesting. I always felt that he was turned into a monster to justify Rhysand’s wrongdoings. To be completely honest, I never really got over him. Seeing him broken beyond repair just reminded me of those old feelings.
I will conclude by saying, this book was not necessary at all. Maybe it was written to bridge the gap but it served no purpose at all.
Thank you Bloomsbury India for sending me this book for review.