Saturday, August 12, 2017

You Cannot Be Caged • A Court of Wings and Ruin

It seems like a Herculean task to try and talk about why I loved A Court of Wings and Ruin. That’s nothing new to any of you who have been reading my blog for the past few years, as I have continued to find it difficult to express my love for Sarah J. Maas novels with every successive one that she writes. I’m writing this review more than a month after reading it, but the intensity of my feelings for it still overwhelms me. So, without further ado, here is my humble attempt to explain why I loved this book as much as I did (apart from the fact that I adore Sarah and her books in general).

A Court of Wings and Ruin continues from where we left off at the end of A Court of Mist and Fury. Feyre Archeron, who has gone through hell and back and grown into an individual I deeply admire, is currently back in the Spring Court, determined to gather what information she can about the king who threatens to invade Prythian. With war looming on the horizon, Feyre must find a way to save the place and the people she loves so well by figuring out who to trust and just what she is willing to sacrifice for salvation.

What I find most impressive about A Court of Wings and Ruin is how, once again, Maas tells a different sort of tale. The first novel, A Court of Thorns and Roses, focuses on Feyre as she finds herself taken away to an unfamiliar land, who is given the chance to fall in love and fight for that love in the most epic of undertakings. The second novel, A Court of Mist and Fury, is about Feyre on a different sort of hero’s journey, where she must come to terms with the trauma that she’s experienced, the choices she’s made and the life that she truly wants. A Court of Wings and Ruin, on the other hand, is about Feyre doing all that she can to protect what she cares about on the brink of a war that threatens to raze everything and everyone to the ground. Political machinations, undercover missions, epic battle scenes, unexpected twists, emotional moments, familiar faces, new characters – this novel has it all.

Like I do with every single Maas novel I read, I devoured this one from start to finish (and stayed up all night reading it on a weekday). Her storytelling ability continues to be impressive, especially because I usually go into her novels blind and leave them feeling satisfied at getting everything I didn’t know that I wanted. It’s incredible the way that Maas always draws me in, all heavily influenced by her grasp of pacing, emotion and character development. It was also a treat to be among the characters I had fallen in love with, to get to be with them for pages on end; even amidst the building tension of the war that threatens their safety, it was fun to spend time with them all. I found this novel just as compelling as its predecessors, and felt like it was a strong ending to the first trilogy set in this world. I loved A Court of Wings and Ruin, and I honestly cannot wait for more (and I have a few theories about which characters I hope she will be writing about in future novels).


A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's | Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Source: Kindle book purchased on Amazon

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