“You do not fear. You do not falter. You do not yield.
Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”
Published: May 2nd, 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Goodreads Rating: 4.64/5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
This review DOES contain spoilers
Out of The Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, ACOTAR was my favorite; so after A Court of Mist and Fury, I did not want to wait a single day for the third book. In other words, saying I was impatient was an understatement. But honestly, it took me longer than I anticipated to finish A Court of Wings and Ruin. I thought I would have it done within two, three days max, but it took me just over a week. There were many times I did not want to put it down, but there were also several parts that made me question if they were even necessary to leave in the book. . .
To be quite honest I was a little let down with this book, or maybe I was just expecting too much after A Court of Mist and Fury? Who knows, but this definitely wasn’t my favorite book in the series. I did love it at first but halfway through the book, I realized it was more of a love-hate relationship more often than not. With A Court of Wings and Ruin, I wanted more than just a “they lived happily ever after” ending with some (in my opinion) loose ends; or least not end it so abruptly after the war ended. I would’ve enjoyed at least another hundred pages of everyone’s lives after the war in Velaris. Hopefully that within the books and novellas we were promised, we will get some of the loose ends put into place.
As someone who is part of the LGBT+ community, I do appreciate that Sarah did her homework and brought in some representation. Yet, I feel like the sexuality of some of the High Lords were just thrown in to say that the representation was there. There were not backstories for Helion’s and Thesan’s sexualities, it was basically “Helion likes male and females, and to sleep around” and “Thesan’s male captain is his lover.” I just wish we got to hear more about it, but again, maybe it will be in one of the future books.
In this book, I was not a fan of Mor’s character. In A Court of Mist and Fury, she was this strong and badass female; she seemed to not let anything bother her and she was the character that uplifted everyone else. In Wings and Ruin, she acted in more of an aggressive manner, especially towards Nesta, and it just did not fall into line with her character in the previous book. She only shows kindness to Cassian and Azriel, and at this point, they’re just a cover for her not being able to come out with her sexuality yet. Which I do not enjoy at all, Azriel has loved this girl for so long and she has led him on for centuries. Mor needed to put on her big girl panties and tell Azriel that there was almost no possibility of something becoming of them; she could have easily done it without revealing that she was bisexual.
While I don’t agree with some of Mor’s vileness to some of the characters I also side with her in a few cases. Especially when Rhysand and Azriel had put her in the uncomfortable position of having to negotiate with her abusers to get their alliance in the war against Hybern. At that point I didn’t know if I wanted to continue reading, I felt uncomfortable myself when I took in what was happening. Doing something THAT dumb just seemed out of character, even for Rhysand. I forced myself to keep reading in hopes Feyre would step in to put an end to it before it could continue any further and leave Mor in such a bad position. When she didn’t I was left a little speechless. Allowing Keir and his people into Velaris, Mor’s home, the only place she felt safe just blew my mind.
Now that I got that out, I just want to mention Lucien. I never disliked his character but my liking for him was not large at the beginning of the series but it grew more and more. His development was definitely better than most characters; he finally realized that Tamlin was a toxic friend and that he needed to leave the Spring Court. He fled the Court with Feyre, after an ugly encounter with Brannagh and Dagdan. They then headed towards the Night Court, where he volunteered to go to the continent to find Queen Vassa and form an alliance for the war. During the meeting with the High Lords, when Lucien is gone to find the queen, we learn that Beron isn’t his true father but Helion. This information, to me, filled in the blanks for why his father and brothers have a strong hatred for him. This is why I hope one of the books or novellas is for Lucien so we can see Helion and Lucien discover what they are to each other since it was not mentioned in this book.
While I have hated Tamlin since the Thorns and Roses, after reading Mists and Fury I almost sympathize with him. He truly was given the short end of the stick in this book, I believe had a lot of potentials. He could have been given an amazing character development. He did redeem himself in my eyes when he helped Feyre save Rhys when he died after helping her with the Cauldron. Feyre begged Tamlin to save him, that she would do anything, give anything just as long as he did something. “Be happy Feyre, be happy,” he said quietly, Also he helped Azriel and Feyre get away when they infiltrated Hybern’s camp to save Elain. Basically, he redeemed himself in my eyes, but I wish he was given a proper chance to grow as a character.
Feyre and Rhysand’s bond, it is just my favorite thing ever. It’s what made ACOTAR my favorite series out Sarah’s works. It shows a healthy relationship. Just like in a Mist and Fury, Rhys continues to treat Feyre like a queen (as she treats him like a king) and he also continues with allowing her to make her own decisions. He never belittles her for anything she decides to do and comforts her when she doubts herself. When she asks him if he’d be ashamed of her is she didn’t take part in the war because she couldn’t handle that type of slaughter yet. Rhysand comforted Feyre and let her know that he would never be ashamed of her, and if she ever did decide to fight by his side it would be his honor. I hope to see their story continue in some of the books or novellas, especially since Feyre saw the Bone Carver as their son.
As I said before, I wish this series ending wasn’t just a “they live happily ever after” with loose ends left in the book; because who knows if the questions I have will be answered in these future books? But while I do have some things I dislike about this books, I also thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed the diversity for people of color, especially within the courts. She listened to what people said, and I appreciate that because we need more diversity in books. As for the LGBT+ representation… It could use some work. I don’t like that she made out Helion, a bisexual male, to be someone that just likes to sleep around. It may have been to hide his suffering for what happened between him and Lucien’s mother but I feel as though him sleeping around wasn’t necessary.
Overall I’m sad to say the series is over because I have grown attached to it, and its characters. I found myself being able to relate to the characters many times so it’s upsetting to know it has come to an end. I can’t wait for the other books so some of the questions I have will be answered.
Random parts (aka spoilers) I loved:
-Feyre and Lucien killing the twins together, um yes please
-Cassian being there for Nesta because he just can’t leave
-Azriel almost killing Eris and Feyre being the one to stop him then serve him a drink??
-HELION WANTING A THREESOME WITH MOR AND CASSIAN, PLOT TWIST FOR ME.
-Rhysand’s speech. I cried for a year okay.
-THE SURIEL BEING KILLED. I CRIED FOR TEN MINUTES????
-Nesta screaming for Cassian so he doesn’t get killed
-Their dad coming to battle in the war and naming the ships after them.
-ELAIN STABBING THE KING.
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