Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
Genre – YA Fantasy
Excitable Rating – 7/10

This is the third and (hopefully not) final instalment in Maas’ second series of YA fantasy titles.  I can’t say anything for her Throne of Glass series as I have not read it, but this series is excellent.  I devoured the first two books in this series in the summer of 2016 and they are SO GOOD.  As this is not the first title in the series I hate to give too much away about what happens, but I shall try to give a comprehensive review all the same.

If you enjoy fantasy which has a focus more on character development and *angst* than plot then this is the series for you.  It is hugely character driven.  Our lead character Feyre is, as always, a complete badass with questionable morals; along with her partner Rhysand who is just *heart eyes*.

While this is not the most highbrow fiction it is extremely readable and enjoyable, I mean who doesn’t love a good bit of steamy sexual tension?  Now that Feyre and Rhys’ relationship has been fully realised, rather than the will-they-won’t-they of the second book, the sexual tension is definitely brought down a notch; with Maas instead focussing more on the familial relationships in Feyre’s life.  Elain and Nesta are both awesome characters, Nesta more so than Elain purely because Elain is featured less.  I really love the light/dark contrast between Elain’s sunny disposition and Nesta’s dark temper.  Maas is clearly devoted to conveying the after effects of trauma in her work, I really appreciate how Elain’s sunniness turns to dull indifference meanwhile Nesta’s surliness becomes chaotic rage.  Nesta is someone you definitely want to be friends with.  Being her enemy would be utterly fatal.

There’s elements of the pacing in this book that aren’t completely spot on, as I previously said these books are very character driven.  So, when Maas has resolved all the myriad different relationships between her cast of characters and actually has to write a conclusion to her epic fantasy series I think she may have ever so slightly stumbled.  In all honesty I wasn’t hugely impressed with how it all tied together, but it was still a really good read with some surprise introductions of new characters towards the end that Maas had hidden up her sleeve… or should I say pen?

Exciting Features:

  • Feyre and Rhys being all lovey-dovey
  • We get to see more of the courts, the Dawn Court is swooon
  • We learn more about the High Lords, so many great characters not enough time spent on each
  • Nesta. Cassian. Flirting… need I say more?
  • Beautiful outfit descriptions as always, Maas has an absolutely gorgeous way of describing a good ball gown
  • Feyre learning to fly


I could go on about this series for quite a long time really, I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable nothing offensive about it and for quite fun fantasy it deals with a lot of serious issues very well – and that is something I will always appreciate in a book.

Thanks for reading,
~ The Excitable Feminist



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