A Court of Wings and Ruin (Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.01 of 5 stars 75 ratings • 30 reviews • 113 shelved
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A Court of Wings and Ruin (Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.01 of 5 stars 75 ratings • 30 reviews • 113 shelved
A gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious ... Absolutely spellbinding - New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring her land 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. And her heart will face the ultimate test as she and her mate are forced to question whether they can truly trust each other.

Sarah J. Maas is a global #1 bestselling author. Her books have sold more than nine million copies and been translated into 37 languages. Discover the sweeping romantic fantasy for yourself.

Contains mature content. Not suitable for younger readers.
  • ISBN13 9781619634480
  • Publish Date 2 May 2017
  • Publish Status Active
  • Out of Print 4 March 2021
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
  • Imprint Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 648
  • Language English


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llamareads 2 of 5 stars
I was super excited for the whole "Feyre infiltrates the Spring Court!!!" storyline and wow, did it just go downhill from there. Sure, there's lots of battles and stuff, but Feyre can't fight in them so she just... stands on a hill and watches? There's a lot of stuff that's supposed to be really epic - well, after the first half of the book where basically nothing happens - and we're constantly told about how awful war is and everything but... that's the problem, we're told and not shown. There's no real emotional connection to the hordes of dying people so it just ends up being flat.

Also, Feyre is so dumb in this book. OK, sure, go spy on Tamlin... but some of her actions were just plain cruel and unnecessary. Then, THEN! After half a book anticipating a meeting and everyone telling her, "Hey, don't show your powers! It'll ruin all chances of an alliance!" bam! she shows her powers but somehow it's all fine? Look, if you're going to tease that doing something would be terribly awfully bad, then I expect some sort of repercussion, not for it to be swept under the rug because somehow Feyre is wonderful and smart and oh so talented magically.

Speaking of magic, I had absolutely no clue what was going on with the Caldron or how the magic system even works, and how Nesta and Elain tied into that. I had no idea of the usual limits on the power, besides being told, multiple times, how Super Awesomely Powerful Rhysand and Fayre and Cassian and Azriel are.

I appreciate that SJM is trying to add some non-straightness to her world but, wow. One High Lord's in a relationship with his main general -nice power imbalance there! There's a Deeply Inspiring Story about a lesbian couple and basically Moses parting the Red Sea that just... I really can't even. There's a High Lord who's super into orgies! But the worst, the absolute worst: the way Mor's bisexuality was handled was so cringeworthy that I downgraded the book a star just for that. For the love of little red apples, if this is the kind of gay rep you're going to write, just don't.

Also, just stop trying to pair people off in general. Not everyone needs a romantic interest (or, heaven forfend, two). Why does every single woman in these books have to be in some sort of weird love triangle?

Am I going to read the next book? Probably, because it's supposed to be about Nesta and Cassian and Nesta is pretty much the only character I can still stand.

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ok look, listen, i still don’t like these series and i really hate sarah j. maas’s writing, but she somehow roped me into caring for like four of the characters in this book so....i guess i’n continuing on???? idk. this book is worse than the other two, but i had more fun with it than the previous two so i liked it more

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Emma (SCR) 5 of 5 stars
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews After the cliffhanger ending of A Court of Mist ad Fury, I instantly started this book.

I don't really know where to start with this review. So much happens in this book and I'm just not sure anything I can say will do this book justice. I'm going to give it a go.

Tamlin betrayed Feyre in the worst way possible and for that, she will never, ever forgive him. What she does do is return to the Spring Court in order to gather information in order to help the Night Court and its allies. I hadn't actually read the blurb so I was very shocked that she would go back after everything that happened. I thought Feyre was very brave to do this.

We also learn a lot about the other members of the night court in this story. I really enjoyed learning about these characters. They have so much to tell us and I feel there is so much more that they could tell us. I really hope Sarah does some novella's so that we can hear more from these. There are also quite a few shocks in this book that you DO NOT see coming. I really love it when an author shocks me and Sarah does this a few times in this book.

This was a really good ending to the main trilogy. It's a harrowing journey and it will take every part of you to get through it. However, it is worth everything you give it. I would highly recommend this series if you haven't read it.

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sstaley 4 of 5 stars
I liked the ending to this trilogy. I know some people didn't, but I felt she ended things with characters in a good way. She also left things open for other characters to continue on with more books. I love Feyre and Rhys together. I never liked her with Tamlin because it all felt fake to me. So, I was happy with the ending. I need to read her other series now.

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Carpe Libra 4 of 5 stars
Even better the second time reading. Maybe because I knew what to expect and to accept the flaws? Anyway, still love this book / story / series / characters and can't wait to see who ends up with whom in the following books!

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Nov 2019 Update

This is getting the extra star outta me. It was better the second time around, and easily my favorite of the trilogy. Feyre wasn't as annoying in this book, and of course, I wish there was more Rhysand (and Azriel). Decent conclusion. Tried to read the novella, but I DNFd that.

This almost got a four star out of me, but that ending fell flat for me. At the end of the day, I need consequences for actions in stories to really enjoy a book to its full potential, and this book lacked any consequences for anything at all.

Also, what was Lucien's character even for? I thought he'd be of more importance, but he's really just there to serve a very specific narrative and that's it? Do more for your characters, or don't create them. Lucien wasn't necessary in any real meaningful way. Now, I get that there's another trilogy or whatever coming, so maybe he'll be in that and make a difference there. Who knows? Real fans probably do, but I'm never going to look it up.

This series gets a lot of 5 stars, and I can kinda see why. It's fun, fast paced, and Rhysand is probably worth 5 stars on his own. I've given individual stars out for characters in the past, and I would for him too, if it weren't for all the other parts of these stories that I just couldn't get behind.

Mainly consequences. I need them. I thrive on them. I don't need happy endings that are tied up so sweetly. I need grittiness and mourning and heartbreak.

And there's none really here.

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liz089 5 of 5 stars
This was, once again, a great read.
I think I loved the second book more... but this one was most certainly awesome too.
I loved reading about the Dream Court family again, they are amazingly well-written, they feel so real.
The story was very exciting, and there were even some plottwists that I did not expect !

Curious what the next book will be about !!