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

Title A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author Sarah J. Maas
Release Date May 2, 2017
Date Finished December 29, 2020


Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit―and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords―and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Initial Thoughts

I was so afraid to read this book. It, along with A Court of Frost and Starlight were my last SJM books to read. I didn’t want it to be over. Instead of FOMO, I had serious FOBO (fear of being over). I also didn’t think I’d find the time in 2020 to finish this series. But, when it comes to SJM, I always find a way.

Some Things I Liked

  • AMREN. Amren was an absolute treasure in this book. I always liked her but her sass and story were phenomenal. SJM, please give us an Amren book at some point!
  • Complex relationships. SJM loves to taunt her readers by dangling potential ships in front of their faces and then snatching them away! I have a love hate relationship with this idea. I loved that we got to see the complexities of Elain’s relationship with Greyson, Azriel, and Lucien. Greyson is a dumpster fire so I’m glad she realized that. Azriel is a freaking treasure and Elain better not hurt him! And Lucien, I just feel kind of bad for him. I love that SJM can make me question everything with every scene Elain is in with these characters. I honestly don’t know who I ship.
  • Cassian. [ Insert the meme from New Girl where Nick screams, “Stop being so mean to me or I swear to God I’ll fall in love with you!” ]. Could Nesta be any colder? Probably. But I’m here for ever second of it. They love each other and they’re both too stubborn to say it. I’m SO excited for their book.
  • Addicting. This book, these chapters, this series is so addicting. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. It’s a real testament to SJM’s writing. She’s brilliant and I’ll read everything she writes.

Series Value

Not gonna lie, I already finished ACOFAS. I literally started it minutes after finishing ACOWAR and finished it the same day. I am totally and completely obsessed with this series.

Final Thoughts

I loved this book. I felt all the feelings while I read it and I will most certainly read it again. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series as SJM write them.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – if you enjoyed the writing style, complex world building, and swoon worthy romance, try SJM’s other completed series. Again, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
  • The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen – if you like audiobooks, do yourself a favor and listen to this one. But, even if you read it, if you enjoyed the enemies to lovers aspects of ACOTAR as well as the complex character relationships, try this series.

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