I finally got my hands on the third instalment of the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. After pining for this book for what feels like a lifetime (but was really only two weeks after the release date) and a 14-hour binge read (with minimal food, bathroom, and social media update breaks) I can now say I have read ACOWAR! I am going to keep this as spoiler-free as I can, so it should be safe to read even if you have not yet read ACOWAR. However, if you have not read ACOTAR or ACOMAF, be warned there are spoilers for them included. Want to read my posts on them first? The ACOTAR one can be found here and the ACOMAF one can be found here.
Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy – Retelling – Romance
Age Classification: New Adult
Release: May 2, 2017
Reading this was definitely an emotional experience. I am happy to announce I was not disappointed.
I felt ACOTAR and ACOMAF had different vibes to them, perhaps based on their locations or the characters present. For me, ACOWAR was almost like repeating those vibes and then blending them together. Part one sent me back to ACOTAR but with a stronger Feyre and a more problematic court. Part two felt very ACOMAF with the return of the inner circle. Part three was a mixture of the two, but I will leave my reasons out because of spoilers.
As in the previous two books, the settings were brilliantly described in a way that I could picture myself being there. I still want to live in Valaris based on how beautiful and peaceful it sounds. Well, at least when there is not any Prythian drama going on. The story line flowed nicely, the parts making the dramatic change in settings and circumstances a smoother transition. It was somewhat predictable given the title and the book description we had been supplied with, but there were enough little surprises along the way that it was not boring or unenjoyable (is that a word? It is now). I also loved that ACOWAR gave us the opportunity to experience a few of the other Courts and allow us to learn more about them and their High Lords.
So let’s get to those characters, shall we?
I am going to start with Tamlin, who is still a tool. Tamlin the tool, as fans now refer to him, amazed me in the level of toolness he could achieve. Even when that tiny speckle of possible goodness peaked through his overall tool behavior, he was still a tool about it. Can someone please hit this tool with a tool? Like, a hammer or a chainsaw, while it is running of course.
How do I feel about the fox? Well, I still do not know how to feel about Lucien, but I am definitely interested to know more about his story. He was left with too many loose ends and I think this suggests that he will either be the character we read one of the spin-offs through or at least a big(ish) focus within it. I also want to know more about the Tamlin-Lucien relationship and why the act the way they do. Please SJM, I need to know!
Now another Spring Court associate we met in ACOMAF was Ianthe and I already hated her, so her showing up just to make sure we hated her was unnecessary, but it did bring out something in Feyre I kind of love!
Speaking of Feyre, how is our High Lady of the Night Court? Well, she is goals, obviously, but she hit a new level of awesome that I did not think possible. She did what our mummies and daddies tell us not to do and she did it with class and style. Revenge! Yes, it was sweet, but it came at a price. However, this girl will never give up and, although she can be a pain at times, I love her determination.
Our Hight Lord of the Night Court and his wingspan are still just as desirable as they were in ACOMAF. Rhysand is still the same old Rhys he has always been – flirty and sarcastic.
Our inner circle is still intact and just as lovable as ever.
Amren is the same, but with a few surprises up her sleeve.
Azriel is still in love with Mor and is still rather quiet, but I feel I learned a lot more about him during part two.
Speaking of Morrigan, we learn something about her that makes me love her even more. Seriously, if Mor was real, I would want her in my life. I hope she gets a spin-off story too.
Cassian is still the same, just with a new love of ticking off one of our newest High Fae.
At the end of ACOMAF, Feyre’s sister encounter the cauldron and become immortal when it turns them into High Fae. Nesta was already feisty and rude, but I think she takes it to a whole other level. However, she will surprise you. Not the only one with a surprise, Elain will have you worried until all of a sudden her surprise will jump out and smack you in the face. I would also like to see both of these features in the spin-offs because there is a lot more of their story to tell.There are a few other oldies, both those we love and those we do not, and some will blow your mind! There are also some new faces and a few of them will have you gasping, or screaming if you are a vocal reader like myself. The one thing all the characters have in common is that they are beautifully written and described enough to make them visible even if they did not have much page time.
There are a few other oldies, both those we love and those we do not, and some will blow your mind! There are also some new faces and a few of them will have you gasping, or screaming if you are a vocal reader like myself. The one thing all the characters have in common is that they are beautifully written and described enough to make them visible even if they did not have much page time.
I enjoyed reading ACOWAR. It was definitely an exciting and stressful experience, and that was just before my copy of it arrived. Seriously though, reading ACOWAR was a journey and while it may not be my favourite of the three books in this series so far, it definitely holds some of my favourite moments.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆
Over on Goodreads I have given ACOWAR 3 out of 5. It may not have been quite as good as ACOMAF, in my opinion, but I still thought it was pretty good.
Okay, lovely people who read my crazy ramblings, it is question time.
Have you read ACOWAR?
If you have read it, what did you think?
Do you agree with my random thoughts above?
If you have not yet read it, do you plan to?
I really want to know so tell me either below or on my Instagram or Twitter. Cannot wait to read your thoughts!
I would also like to suggest that if you have not read ACOWAR yet that you get yourself someone who has read the book to your ACOWAR support person. I had a lovely human on Instagram tell me to message her if I wanted or needed to talk during my read of ACOWAR. Obviously, from reading the book herself, she knew I would need someone to ‘Oh My Gosh! Can you believe this’ with, and I totally did. Millie, you are wonderful, thank you for getting me through this emotional experience!
Want an ACOWAR support person but cannot find someone? Let me know! I am happy to pay this kind deed forward!
Now, in case any of you were wondering, the bookmarks in the picture above are from Till and Dill. The envelope contains a letter from Flirty Rhys, and that was put together by Bookified Designs. These are a little sneak peak of what was in my Mark The Page book box, which I will be sharing soon.
Until next time bibliophiles!