A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fiction, new adult, fantasy, magic, faeries, this can’t be the last Feysand book (seriously, why is this the last Feysand book!?!)
Rating: PER … FECT … ION
Summary: The final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series concludes the story of Feyre, a human turned High Fae turned High Lady, and the love of her life Rhysand, the supremely powerful and even more attractive High Lord of the Night Court. Together with their family, the Court of Dreams, the pair are working to stop war from coming to their home, hoping to end centuries of segregation between humans and faeries in the process. And you know, kiss and stuff.
After learning from my Spines with Wines compatriot Kristin that copies of A Court of Wings and Ruin were appearing in the wild early, I took a chance and stopped at a nearby Target, where it was sitting in all its glory four days before its official release. Many thanks to the generous Target employee who kindly rang it up for me, despite the system claiming he could not hand it over.
But hand it over he did, and even though I already had a a pretty packed weekend planned, it goes without saying that I devoured this book immediately.
As conclusions go, A Court of Wings and Ruin gave me almost everything I wanted. I say almost because there were some small loose ends left dangling — most notably the non-closure of certain ships — which I’m assuming will be tied up as Maas continues to explore Prythian and the lands beyond in future books.
This in no way however deters from the real story Maas is looking to tell: the story of Feyre “Everyone I Love is Immortal” Archeron, and Rhysand, the High Lord of Exposition.
In addition to great callbacks to the first two books in the series, characters that I did not expect to surprise me definitely did, and tantalizing plots were set into motion for future books.
It was essentially like reading a really great television series, complete with romance (unrequited and otherwise), revenge, action, adventure, schemes, double crosses, twists, jealousy, monsters, implied twincest, fabulous clothing, amazing characters and in typical new adult fashion: sexy times.
While slightly less sexy than ACOMAF (because it’s wartime, people) and slightly less romantically exciting (because is there anything better than the chase?), I still loved every page of Feysand that Maas gave us. From their flirty banter to their utter devotion to one another, and their hilarious and oftentimes tender internal conversations, not to mention every time Rhysand reveals her new High Lady status, Feysand is everything. If Maas doesn’t have fun guest appearances from these two in future novels, I will be sorely disappointed.
Mostly over the traumatic events she suffered Under the Mountain, Feyre begins to find her new place as High Lady of the Night Court, and continues her favorite pastime:
painting butting into other people’s romantic lives. Read: my only real complaint.
Rhysand on the other hand is busy being the most understanding, madly in love sweet baby angel. A sweet baby angel who is determined to win the upcoming war with Hybern at all costs.
A war which by the way made me incredibly anxious. And while I don’t normally like last books that are war and battle heavy, ACOWAR (see what they did there?) was not even close to as emotionally devastating as ACOMAF.
Instead of spiraling into a pit of dark despair, which I was totally preparing myself for, I found myself repeatedly happy crying while reading. Don’t get me wrong, there were a couple sad cries in there too, but the majority of them were joyful, because dammit these characters deserve some happiness!
- The part you’ve been waiting for since page one
- The part with the emotional and heartwarming speech
- The part with the literal ships
- The part where everyone agrees everyone else should be happy
- The part with the side-character death that you had no idea would be so upsetting
- The part where you as a reader know everything is going to be okay, but right at that moment it isn’t and the characters are beyond devastated, and damn that was so hard to read
- The part where the bad person gets their comeuppance
- The part where they go back to the place and you know it’s gonna be good
- The part where the bad person gets their compeuppance again
- The part that was basically “not my daughter, you bitch!”
So, how early is too early for a re-read? Now. Can I start my re-read now? Because I miss my friends already.