A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third instalment of the beloved A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. With twists, turns, and deep-seeded fantasy elements in this glorious world, there’s no question as to why this series is such a hit!
First published in 2015, A Court of Thorns and Roses series has become a cornerstone of YA Fantasy Fiction.
Maas’ novel explores loss, love, and sacrifice. With some of the best high-fantasy worldbuilding, Maas has created one of the world’s most beloved up-and-coming series. Come with us as we delve into the wonderful world crafted by Maas.
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“A Court of Thorns and Roses” is a young adult fantasy series written by Sarah J. Maas. The series consists of four books, with the first book published in 2015.
The series follows the story of Feyre, a young human girl who is brought into the world of faeries after killing a faerie in the woods. As punishment for her crime, Feyre is taken to the faerie realm by Tamlin, a powerful faerie lord. Feyre spends more time with Tamlin and his court. She soon begins to uncover secrets about the faerie world and the threats that loom over it.
The series is known for its complex world-building, vivid descriptions, and intricate character development. It combines elements of romance, action, and adventure to create a thrilling and immersive reading experience for fans of the fantasy genre.
The novels include:
- A Court of Thorns and Roses
- A Court of Mist and Fury
- Court of Wings and Ruin
- A Court of Silver Flames
A Court of Wings and Ruin
‘With bits of Buffy, Game Of Thrones and Outlander, this is a glorious series of total joy’ STYLIST
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring her land 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. And her heart will face the ultimate test as she and her mate are forced to question whether they can truly trust each other.
Picking up from the events of the previous book, Feyre Archeron, a human turned High Fae, is determined to gather information and rally allies in order to save her world from the imminent threat of war.
Feyre is back in the Spring Court, living a double life as she manipulates Tamlin. Meanwhile, she continues her relationship with Rhysand, whom she truly loves. Feyre’s ultimate goal is to infiltrate the Spring Court to gather intelligence and discover the true plans of the King of Hybern, who seeks to conquer Prythian.
As the preparations for war intensify, Feyre and Rhysand assemble a group of allies, including their close-knit circle of friends, the Inner Circle. Together, they form a plan to counter the forces of Hybern, aiming to prevent the destruction of their lands and the enslavement of their people.
In the midst of political manoeuvrings and strategic alliances, Feyre faces internal struggles. Furthermore, she grapples with her own growing powers and the consequences they bring.
As the war looms closer, Feyre and her allies engage in daring missions and engage in battles to protect their realm. The bonds of love, friendship, and loyalty are tested, as our heroes are pushed to their limits and forced to make difficult choices.
In a nail-biting climactic battle, Feyre and her allies face the full might of Hybern’s forces, unleashing their combined powers and strategies to thwart the enemy. Sacrifices are made, and lives are tragically lost.
In the end, A Court of Wings and Ruin sets the stage for the next instalment in the series where we may seek the resolution of the conflicts that still loom over Prythian.
The sign of a good book is the sadness when finishing it. One should feel bittersweet regardless of an ending purely for having finished it. When we reached the last page of A Court of Wings and Ruin, we were sad to close the book and leave the world.
The novel has, much like the others in the series, a fast-moving and daring plot. We can’t forget the twists, turns and romance, of course! Whilst some books’ use of cliffhangers may be disengaging and annoying, Maas’ cliffhangers only draw you in more. There is no such thing as ‘just one chapter’ in this series!
Fans of High-Fantasy might be especially receptive to this addition to the series. We see a lot of expansion of world-building and background knowledge. Whilst the previous two novels were limited to Spring, Summer, and Night Courts; in this novel, we are introduced to the Autumn, Dawn, Day, and Winter Courts! This exploration is done with a highlight of the political tension between the High Lords.
Romance? You betcha! We have the fan-favourite couple of Feyre and Rhysand. Now there is also an additional budding romance between Nesta and Cassian! Hopefully we get to see this explored fully in the next book!
Overall, we must applaud Maas’ care to creating this series. In this novel, we see that many events were foreshadowed in the previous books right under our very noses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a 5th ACoTaR book?
You’re just in look; A Court of Silver Flames is out! So be sure to check back for our review of it soon!
Can a 12 year old read ACoTaR?
Much of the violence is similar to The Hunger Games with the amount of blood and violence. The real reason why it isn’t appropriate for teens, though, is the adult content. So for now, probably not. Though, as always, we suggest that parents or guardians should be the judge!
Is the ACoTaR series spicy?
There is definitely spice! Maybe not the most explicit novels out there, but definitely something to blush at!