Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings & Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Year: 2017
Genre: Fantasy/New Adult
Age: YA 15+

***This review will contain some major spoilers so if you haven't read this book or the previous books, &/or you have but do not want to read spoilers then go back now! You have been sufficiently warned***

This series is one of my all time favorites for many reasons, some of those include the beautiful love story between Rhys & Feyre, the amazing scenery of the different courts, & the wonderful world that has been created for us by the talented SJM. 

This book is the conclusion of the story of Feyre Archeron and her amazing journey. But the good news is that there will be at least three more books in the land of Prythian. Before I get into the summary let me just say one thing...I was not ok after reading this book...
In this third & final book of the story of Feyre "Cursebreaker" we finally see the threat of the ever looming war with the King of Hybern come to pass. Feyre beings her journey back in the Spring Court with Tamlin & Lucien. She was taken there at the end of ACOMAF when Tamlin made a deal with the King of Hybern to get her back from the Night Court. However trouble is brewing in the realm of eternal spring with the arrival of Jurian & the Hybern twins. Jurian was imprisioned by Amarantha after the War & was resurrected using the Cauldron by the King of Hybern in ACOMAF. Jurian & his new companions are in the Spring Court to inspect the wall between the mortal lands & Prythian for weaknesses that can be used to the advantage of King Hybern in the new war. Feyre is doing some research of her own, using Tamlin's alliance with Hybern, to bring back to her people in the Night Court.

It isn't long before Feyre's welcome in the Spring Court wears off & she escapes with Lucien in tow. The pair head north back to the Night Court & Feyre's new family. Along their journey they run into Lucien's brothers who are looking to cause trouble. Luckily Cassian & Azriel come to the rescue just in time & before they know it Feyre & Lucien are safely in Velaris, the city of starlight.
Once home the real work begins. The group that includes Amren, Mor, Cassian, Azriel, Elain, & Nesta are working with Rhys & Feyre to build an alliance with the other courts. Elain & Nesta are still getting used to their new fae bodies & the power that comes with them. Elain has still not given up on her human life, while Nesta has "taken" something from the Cauldron & is trying to harness that power with Amren's help. The meeting for the alliance is held by Thesan of the Dawn Court at his beautiful home. Of course it wouldn't be a party with out a pooper & Tamlin shows up to steal the show & he is furious at Feyre for betraying him. 

After the alliance meeting things happen quickly. The King of Hybern uses the Cauldron to break down the wall in one foul swoop & at once the new war has begun. Through a series of deals Feyre is able to secure the help of three unexpected allies, The Bone Carver from the Prison, the Weaver named Stryga who we find out is the Bone Carver's sister, & finally Bryaxis who is the monster in the library. The battle is also joined by some new faces that we should recognize; Miryam, Drakon, & the girl's father help get to victory. The story culminates in one final battle to the death with a surprise ending that will take your breath away (It's so bad I can't even!). And of course...they lived happily ever after.

To the stars that listen...and the dreams that are answered
Likes: There are almost no words to describe this book...the ending...was just so...OMG!

One of the best things about this book was we got to meet all of the other high lords & travel to a few of the courts. The alliance meeting is held in the Dawn Court & it was BEAUTIFUL!!! We have previously traveled to the Summer Court that is also spectacular & we go back there as the war progresses with the Summer Court being so close to where Hybern has set up with Tamlin they become a target.

Once again SJM has hooked the readers in with the breathtaking love story between Rhys & Feyre. Their story developed quickly over the last two books & we get to see in depth how they are with each other in this book after Feyre returns to Velaris. They would do anything for each other & the playful banter we get to read through the bond they share is hilarious & really adds some fun to this tale of war. Every time I read one of these books it just makes my heart full. I long for a love like this pair have & it makes me very happy to escape to their world.

We also get to see the development of more of the characters then we have before. Elain & Nesta, Feyre's sisters, that have recently become fae are struggling to get settled in this new world & their new bodies. Elain, who was supposed to be married to a mortal man, is in a comatose state for most of the book unfortunately. But she does have a shining moment at the end, much like Neville in the Harry Potter books. Nesta is much more powerful as a fae than she was as a human. She says that when she went into the Cauldron during her transformation she "took something from it" since it was taking her life essentially. Amren is able to help Nesta figure out her new powers & put them to good use. Nesta & Elain are also connected to the Cauldron directly through the bond of being Made which comes in handy near the end of the story.

Amren has been a bit of a mystery to us since ACOMAF. She was once in the Prison with the Bone Carver and any other powerful beings so we know she is dark & dangerous. But throughout this story we learn that she had to bind herself to a fae body in order to escape from there & she is dying to get out & back to her normal self. We learn in the final battle what she truly is...but I will leave the mystery up to you to find out.

Finally we see more of Lucien since he has tagged along & given up his home in the Spring Court. We learned in the previous books that he left his home in the Autumn Court after his brothers killed his former lover & he had a disagreement with his father. Beron. Through the alliance meeting we get to meet Helion, High Lord of the Day Court, & we learn that Helion was Lucien's mother's lover & that Lucien is actually Helion's son (both parties not knowing this).

After the battle Feyre who is now sort of the leader of this new world that has been formed decides to hold a meeting & get a new treaty started between the mortals & the fae. I think is a great idea since the old treaty & the wall that has now been broken were so restricting to both the mortals & fae.

The closure of the story is as to be expected. Feyre & Rhys live happily ever after in Velaris with all of their friends & family minus one loss that was sad after everything that has happened. I wasn't surprised with the ending, it is a fairytale after all so I knew there would be a happy ending. I was SHOCKED with the events leading up to the end however. I feel at peace with the way it ended but I also am wanting more..I could read about Feyre & Rhys forever!

I'm not going to give away the big ending but just know it will absolutely take your breath away & it is VERY similar to the ending of ACOTAR which I really liked!

There are three more books planned for this series just not featuring Feyre. There have been rumors of a novella book or a book about Lucien so we'll see what happens. The next book is scheduled to come out in 2018.

Dislikes: Chapter 74 & Chapter 76 NOT OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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