A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR) by Sarah J. Maas is the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series. I can’t remember exactly how many books there’s going to be, I think it’s 6 or 7? But although this book is only the third it is still a conclusion. In this book we get a wrap on Feyre and Rhysand’s story, and although I’m sure we will see more of them throughout the other books. They will no longer be our focus and we will no longer get to read from Feyre’s point of view. So let’s discuss this book before I start crying again.
I won’t lie, part of me was disappointed by this book. A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) was so spectacular I wasn’t sure if this book could top it, but I had hope and in the end, I was right. ACOWAR was epic, emotional and astounding, but it wasn’t ACOMAF. The sequel book hit so high that ACOWAR for me fell a tiny bit. Going into a book with such high expectations is never a good idea, but sometimes you just can’t help it. But even though I don’t believe it was as good as the ACOMAF, it was still outstanding in its own way.
I never knew how this book was going to end, I wasn’t sure how much of a conclusion Sarah J. Maas would give us. I didn’t know how open the book would be left and as I drew closer to the end of this book I didn’t think Sarah J. Maas would give us much of a conclusion at all. I was wrong. Those last 100 pages were phenomenal, a lot happened during the book but those last few pages blew me away. The fighting, the stakes, the thought that every character might die, and the high emotion that thrummed through the pages. And honestly, I don’t know how she fit so much in such little time. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, never knowing what was going to happen. But to be honest, I was kind of like that for most of the book. The fact that this wasn’t a real conclusion had me never knowing what we would be left with.
Now the last 100 pages were amazing but that doesn’t mean the rest wasn’t. Plot-wise, the middle of the book didn’t have a heap of movement. It was slower and It built but I didn’t have a problem with that. That’s what happens when you go to war and I feel like what it lacked in plot, it made up with the characters. So much character development happened in this book, so many relationships changed and blossomed. My favourite was Feyre and her sisters, I loved watching their bond build as they all became a strong force that no one wanted to touch.
Speaking of characters, we got a lot of small glimpses into new characters that I’m guessing will play a larger part in the next few books. In fact, we saw so much into so many other characters that I’m not sure who will be the focus of the next books. Will it be a Throne of Glass style with changing perspectives? I have a good idea of where the basis for the plot is going but obviously, it will develop more as we move through the books.
I relished in this book and the drawing conclusion had me worried with fear throughout. In true ACOTAR style, it was funny, dark and majorly epic. I am still devastated that we have concluded on Feyre and Rhysand’s story but I am still looking forward to seeing where the characters and story go.
What are your theories for the next books?
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