Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Number of pages: 720
«How many others had seen the truth of my suffering – and tried to spare him from it? Seen my suffering and done nothing to help me.»
A Court of Wings and Ruin starts off with Feyre back in the Spring Court, playing a game that will have consequences beyond her knowledge. With the fight against Hybern looming in the background and missing her mate, Rhys, Feyre has to navigate her way through an enemy court to get back to her own.
Overall, I have to say I enjoyed this book. It gave me moments of so many emotions running high, that I had to take a break every now and then to be able to let everything sink in. Maas really has me fangirling through the book. However, this book felt less satisfying than ACOMAF – which I absolutely loved. I am finding it hard to pick out one thing that made this book less of an impact than ACOMAF. I guess it boils down to the ending feeling a bit rushed and not really getting a closure on certain plots and character developments.
As for the characters and their development I do believe some of them had good storylines and gained new depths than in the other books. Some characters just showed their true colours and made me wonder why their reckoning did not really have a bigger impact on the plot. When it comes to Feyre, I really enjoyed the fact that she finally realised how badly she had been treated, not only by Tamlin, but by everyone else around her. Everyone who had the opportunity to say something, help her and instead chose to help Tamlin and watched her fall apart bit by bit.
Her journey from being the girl saved from the miserable life she had before entering the Fae realms, to becoming the High Lady of the Night Court has been a joy to follow. She has been guided by Rhys and his strong belief in her, but this is what I have loved about this series. Sometimes you need someone there to fight for you, even if you are not ready, and then stand by you as become ready to take that final step yourself.
What this book lacked was a better editor. In many ways it felt that Maas was trying to bring all the characters and plots back together and get a good end to her story, but not really managing it. Nesta and Elain, I know there is another book that takes a little closer look at them and how they are dealing with being turned into Fae – however, I expected ACOWAR to deal more with them. Especially Nesta, who is literally boiling with something dark and interesting, but that is a part that we never get to see what is in this book.
There are parts that I enjoyed, others I could do without – but mostly I felt that this book was missing something. While ACOTAR was my least favourite book as I felt it was a bad remake of Beauty and the Beast, ACOMAF brought back all the intense scenes and complex characters I needed to love it, but then ACOWAR just let me down.