Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Night Triumphant—and the Stars Eternal. If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.

I was sure that no book could match up to ACOMAF and I wasn’t wrong, especially so soon after I finished it. I started ACOWAR immediately after because I didn’t want to let go of the amazing characters, not yet.

My goal was bigger than revenge. My purpose greater than personal retribution.

ACOWAR starts exactly after ACOMAF ends. Feyre is now the High Lady of the Night Court living in the Spring Court, waiting to wreak havoc on the people who betrayed her. After this part, most of the remainder of the book deals with building alliances among the various Courts, Feyre mastering her powers and finally forging unlikely bargains with monsters to take on the King of Hybern and his massive army.

Lucien squeezed our linked arms as we rounded a hedge, the house rising up before us. “You are a better friend to me, Feyre,” he said quietly, “than I ever was to you.”

I absolutely loved the first part of the book when Feyre was in the Spring Court. Her sly planning and cunning to take down Ianthe and Tamlin and destroy the court from within was awesome to read. I also loved that Feyre started to trust Lucien a little because I have always liked his character. Most of the other parts of the books are either full of planning or filled with action packed moments. My love for Feyre and Rhysand only grows and grows and their relationship and trust is stronger than ever.

“Because you’re my equal,” he said. “And as much as that means having each other’s backs in public, it also means that we grant each other the gift of honesty. Of truth.”

My absolute adoration for the dreamers is still intact and their fighting skills during the war take badassery to a whole new level. I somehow could never warm up to Nesta. Even if she did everything to protect Elain and did finally fight in the war, I can never forgive her for the way she treated Feyre. I don’t know where her story goes next but I am never going to be one of those Nessian shippers. I really like Lucien with Elain because they both deserve a love which is more sensitive rather than fierce.

War would linger with me long after it had ended, some invisible scar that would perhaps fade, but never wholly vanish.

The ending felt a bit rushed because too many things happened in too short a time. But I liked it, cried buckets of tears and then jumped with joy when everything turned out okay. On the whole, the book packs a lot of plot and action and is a fine finale to this wonderful series. I really hope the upcoming novellas feature my favorite dreamers but I also hope I will still get a glimpse of Feysand.

Even for an immortal, there was not enough time in life to waste it on hatred. On feeling it and putting it into the world.

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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