A Court of Wings and Ruin by S. J. Maas (review + discussion)

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Book: A Court of Wings and Ruin by S. J. Maas

Rating: 3.5 stars


Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings 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.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


Did I mention I love books with political intrigue? I found these parts of the book so interesting! However, I will say after ACOMAF this was disappointing, but definitely not terrible by any means.

I don’t like the ending? Okay that’s wrong I do, but I can’t help but feel that it’s just? Like everyone survives and everything and I’m glad about that but like still? Too perfect? (like how Rhysand is written *cough* I’m not complaining that much but still you know)


Somehow, SJM manages to make her characters really complex and I love them even more for that. The flow was good, but this book was extra lengthy and some parts weren’t as interesting as others. Honestly, did we need all 700 pages?

Also SJM definitely overuses some words. ‘Purely male, mate, vulgar’ etc…

Hey also once again this book shouldn’t be YA, the sex scenes are graphic and not at all brushed over.


Okay but the suriel, weaver, bone carver and Abraxis dsojnovnrr they were my favourites.

I loved meeting other characters from the different courts which was cool. They brought a lot more interest because now that Feyre’s friends with the Inner Circle (+ while the banter is still top notch) I can’t help but feel that everyone gets a little bland.

Nesta and Elain are definitely more important in this book. I loved getting to see more of them and would honestly really love a story focusing on them.

Also again with Rhysands perfectness and Feyre’s special snowflake-ness, need I say more?

I’m still salty about how Tamlin was villainised man. So, yeah I still dislike him although he does get a sorta redemption.


So SJM has really been a point of topic because all of her characters are basically straight and white. However, I do feel this book did attempt to include some diversity. It is late, but I appreciate that she’s taking criticism? But because of that it definitely does feel forced upon us (like Tamlins evilness ugh why you do dis SJM)

I personally didn’t pick up on this, which really is only my fault, but there’s an acephobic comment in this book, which we all need to be aware of. Also, Mor’s sexuality is used as a plot twist? Then she tells us she slept with Cassian to get rid of ”it”? Like no? Maybe I’m interpreting it wrong/differently but that’s what I got from it.

A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.


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Have you read ACOWAR? Is it on you TBR? What about Sarah J Maas’ other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?

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8 thoughts on “A Court of Wings and Ruin by S. J. Maas (review + discussion)

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  1. I did read ACOWAR! The entire series is actually one of my faves at the moment. I agree on some bits and on some I don’t- Tamlin villanisation was a bit sudden and unexplained, SJM could’ve totally handled that better!
    The banter is 11/10 and I really love the characters you listed!
    While I do agree that her first two books in the series weren’t as diverse (although, unless I’m mistaken, she included POC as characters? I might be wrong though) I feel like she definitely redeemed herself. I don’t feel like she made an acephobic comment anywhere in the book, though? I’m pretty certain she didn’t, but feel free to disagree on that:))
    Anyway, I have to agree that this book wasn’t better than ACOMAF… I do feel like it was at a similar level though. On the bit about the ending, I have to say it seemed a bit rushed? But I don’t think the book should’ve been shorter- I think it would’ve been great had it been longer:)) Again, might just be me 😅
    Oh, and Lucien! Lucien was one of my favourite things about this book, I so need a backstory for him! I didn’t particularly like the Elain plot, but hey… Can’t like everything about a book, right?
    Great review!

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    1. Thank you!

      Yes! I didn’t like Tamlin from the start, but seeing his character take a whole 360 turn was just hmm + the banter yesss.

      As for diversity, she definitely redeemed herself. I actually didn’t pick up on the acephobic comment myself, but some people have been hurt by it, so I definitely noted that down.

      Okay but the one thing, THIS BOOK STILL MADE ME EMOTIONAL + yess I’m so glad Lucien is back as a good character. I didn’t like Elain’s plot either? But as a character, I really adore Elain

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      1. Yeah but that’s the thing I don’t feel like any acephobic comments were made? I’d’ve definitely picked up on them and I feel like people were just dying to find something to hate on and taking things out of context.
        Mor wasn’t ace, I don’t think she was even demisexual? I got definite bisexual vibes from her, man.

        I agree on the fact that there was no asexual representation, but I still feel like people are blowing things out of proportion…

        I agree on the emotional bit haha I’m the exact same:)) Also yes I loved both Elain and Nesta!

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      2. I think it was something about the twins near the start + I honestly have no idea what the new trilogy is about, bit I’m kind of hoping we get to see more of them (or maybe even in ACOFAS) but who knows? I’d love to see new characters but I just don’t want to stop reading about the old ones haha

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      3. I relate! And oh, I now what you mean now. I really doubt Sarah J Maas was trying to be acephobic. I mean, she made them completely detached characters and made their love replaced with hate everywhere and asexual people aren’t like that. I simply got the vibes of Evil™ from them? I don’t know, man.

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  2. Wheeeey we gave it the same rating! A lot of my issues were the same as yours too. SJM’s sex scenes are definitely NOT YA AND EVERY TIME I SEE THE BOOKS IN THE YA SECTION I CRINGE. I’ve honestly considered telling my local shop about the content so they can be aware and consider whether they should move them to the adult fantasy section hmmm

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    1. Great minds 🙂 + ahahaha dude so the whole series in literally in my school library and I’ve considered telling them as well, but awkward much?


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