My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
About the Author:
Sarah J. Maas (born 5 March 1986) is an American fantasy author and #1 New York Times bestseller of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages.
Publication Year: 2017
‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ begins with Feyre back in the Spring Court with Tamlin after being betrayed by him when he sided with the evil King of Hybern to get her back. She was forced to part from her mate and her sisters were turned into Fae against their will.
But, with the war that threatens the existence of humans, she is determined to do whatever she can to gather information regarding Hybern’s plan and get back to Rhys and plan for the impending war to save Prythian. So, she puts on a mask to conceal her intentions and plays a game of deceit in the Spring Court.
I was in a dilemma about what rating I should give to this book. The thing is, I really enjoyed reading it but given the second book, which was the best of the whole series, this one had a lot of potential but it just disappointed me as it did not live up to my expectations.
First, I’ll talk about the things I liked. Even though it was dragging in some parts, I could not stop reading it so that’s that. The events in this book take place on a much larger scale as we get to see the people from different courts come together. The whole world is involved in the conflict which was interesting to read.
“One life may change the world.”
The beginning of the book was promising. Also, most of the previously unknown things get revealed here and a lot of things get resolved. Plus, the book never gets predictable and we come across a lot of shocking twists and turns which kept me going.
But, if I had to describe this book in one word, then it would be convenient or comfortable. I think this book takes no risks because even though it started well, it never made me tense. There wasn’t that build up causing great anticipation and I never once felt that the stakes were high.
After a nice start, the book gets boring really fast. Another complaint is that it was unnecessarily long. The characters of Nesta and Elain had so much potential but we don’t see any character development in them. They just don’t do much in the book. I started liking Nesta in the second book but here, she’s so insufferable that I just wanted her to quit.
Next, I didn’t care much about the relationship between Rhys and Feyre, probably because they’re together now so no it didn’t feel exciting and the sex scenes were cringey. I wanted to see some other ships develop as there were a lot of hints but that didn’t happen.
The book was narrated in the first person which puts some limitation on how the story is told but the part about going into someone else’s mind to read their thoughts was just too much for me. Another thing that bugged me was how they pulled deus ex machina at so many places. Things happened without any foreshadowing and got resolved so easily.
I was actually interested in knowing the story behind Eris, Helios etc. Some things still haven’t resolved like the relationship between Lucien and Elain and what would happen after the wall’s gone which I guess we’ll learn in the next book but I don’t feel like reading it anymore. Or I might give it a try, not sure.
This book didn’t compare with the second in the series but if you want a temporary closure, I guess you can go ahead and give it a try.