Finally, the last book in the series! I loved this book so much. I cried, I laughed, I actually threw it across the room at one point… Sarah J. Mass has really accomplished something beautiful and meaningful. I’m so looking forward to the spin-offs in this series and cannot wait to see more from my favourite characters and places (Court of Dreams forever)! As per usual, I highly encourage you to read the book before you delve into my thoughts on it! There will be spoilers below, because I absolutely cannot contain myself when it comes to talking about A Court of Wings and Ruin!
A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.
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.
THIS BOOK DESTROYED ME! I was happy, then concerned, and then trying to find someone like Rhysand; then I was crying, feeling sick; and then, I threw the book at the wall across from my bed and was sobbing. This book ruined me, in the best possible way. Sarah J. Maas has once again proven that she is the Queen of High Fantasy, and deserving of all my love, respect and affection.
We picked up with Feyre being taken by Tamlin and Lucien back to the Spring Court, and let me tell you: if you ever have the unfortunate experience of meeting someone like Tamlin, run far away. That guy is a cancer. He was so horrible, and mistrusting of her. He made excuses for his abusive behaviour… AND IANTHE! Someone needed to light that woman on fire. The person I was most disappointed in was Lucien. He could see that something was wrong and that Feyre needed help in A Court of Mist and Fury and chose Tamlin (the abuser) instead. In ACOWAR, he redeems himself…a little bit.
Feyre’s plan is to tear the Spring Court to the ground from the inside out, and she does a very good job of it. She undermines Tamlin with his people, turns his guards against him. She undermines Ianthe, whilst building a relationship with the people of the Spring Court, and they eventually see her as holy and their saviour. She lets Tamlin abuse her so that those seemingly loyal to him will question his fitness and ability to rule. She played on his fears to make him weak. She did everything someone should do to bring an almost-tyrant to their knees. And when she decided it was time to leave, she blew me away. She kicked Ianthe’s butt for hurting Rhysand, her sisters and Lucien; she took Lucien with her.
Lucien’s brothers are a pack of heathens. This is one of those points where I was actually yelling at the book. What creeps. And the fact that Lucien had to grow up with them, and watch them kill the woman he loved? Ridiculous. The fact that he fought them off in the Autumn and Winter Court’s to give Feyre a chance, even if it meant him dying, was great. Then Cassian and Azriel showed up with the Illyrians and I was sobbing. When Feyre unveiled herself as the High Lady of the Night Court I was cheering and dancing around my room. It was so, so worth every heartbreaking moment.
The portion of this that really hit me, was that although Feyre had spent a seemingly short amount of time with her friends in the Night Court, they truly did care for her and love her. Not because she was their High Lord’s mate, but because she was herself. When Cassian told her that he had missed her, my heart broke. When she was reunited with Morrigan, I was holding back tears. Then Rhys showed up, and I had to put the book down because my tears were smudging the ink. Maas once again demonstrated that she understands the emotional maturity of her readers, and therefore created characters with a wealth of emotional depth. I was so pleased to read another book by her where she trusted her readers to be intelligent.
The middle section of the book for me was great, but also a slow-down compared to the beginning and end. I needed this to understand everything that was about to hit in the back-half of the novel. Everything from Feyre uniting the High Lords in the fight against the King of Hybern, to Tamlin’s ultimate betrayal, to the attack on the Summer Court. I loved it all, and it was so important. When Feyre was helping Nesta and Elaine adjust to being Fey, I was so impressed that even though her sisters had ignored her and been cruel, she would still be willing to help them and to love them. And that Rhys would support her decision no matter what. Also, Feyre and Nesta running to the bottom of the library, only to cut a deal with a demon? Totally worth it.
One revelation that shook me to my core was when Feyre went to see the Bone Carver with Cassian and realized that the little boy he presented him as to her, was her and Rhys’s son. Then when they went back together (Feyre and Rhys) and he realized too… Sobbing. All the tears.
The ending of this book though, for me, is where I had the best time. Azriel and Elaine feels ( I knew it), Nesta and Cassian feels (OMIGOD YES) and when they killed Hybern? 12/10 for plot twist. When the King of Hybern killed their father? Dead. When they met the stolen Queen (shout out to Swan Lake), I knew where the sequels were going. But when RHYSAND DIED????? I threw my book across the room, I was wailing. He is the most selfless, amazing man to ever hit literature. I was so horrified that Maas would kill him off. And then Feyre brought him back. I had to put my book down, and do anger cardio. Sarah J. Maas destroyed me. Completely destroyed me. And it’s never felt so good.
Really though, if you’re still reading this and you’ve never picked up this series, please do yourself a favour and go read them. Love them, cherish them. We aren’t deserving of this brilliance. I loved every second of this series, and I absolutely cannot wait until Sarah releases more books in Prythian.