A Review: A Court of Wings And Ruin (ACOWAR)

This week has been such a rollercoaster! Mainly just because I finally got my hands on A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR) and that has beenย pretty much all I have been doing apart from working. Here are my thoughts on this beautiful book.


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

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlinโ€™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.

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.

My thoughts…(I also put a copy of this on Goodreads)

Ok, this is how you finish a trilogy!! I absolutely LOVED this book and think it was an absolutely wonderful wrap up to Feyre and Rhysand’s story.

What I loved:
– Feyre and Rhysand…of course
– Lucien’s character progression and just the fact that he was in this book more than ACOMAF
– The whole Court of Dreams crew, so much more banter between them and them showing off their awesomeness
– The epicness – so much happened, so much adventure
– The emotional rollercoaster – I laughed, cried, raged, cried, cried, cried
– The world – I loved how the world really expanded in this book, we met more of the High Lords and more of the characters who have been mentioned in previous books. I can’t wait to see more from this world in the future.
– Certain pairings with certain people. That’s all I will say.

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What I didn’t love (yes there were things that just didn’t quite sit right with me)

– Tamlin…ugh he is just such a douche
– There were a few quotes in there which I noticed were from other books…Outlander, Harry Potter, LOTR to name a few. I know things are going to be recycled and I don’t have a MASSIVE issue with this, I just always feel a little disappointed.
– The book probably didn’t need to be as long as it was. In saying that, I still loved every page, just some of it didn’t feel completely necessary.
– Purring, growling, snarling…ALOT of it. It just usually makes me wonder how one snarls in approval. I feel like if I did this to someone they would back away from me very slowly and then run off. I know theres the whole ‘primal’ thing with fae…but sometimes it just gets a bit too much.

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There was a lot more diversity in this book which was great, however I still think Sarah J Maas has a way to go before you could say that her books are diverse. PoC are generally side characters and there is a mention of someone who is LGBTQIA however I am still unsure whether or not this is appropriate or not – I won’t go into this because I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I have heard it has upset some readers.

Did I like this book more than ACOMAF? Hmmm…..I don’t know. ACOWAR is very different from ACOMAF in more ways than one so it is really, really hard to say. But if I had to put these books in an order of what I liked most to least it would go ACOMAF, ACOWAR then ACOTAR.

Despite the things I didn’t like, they were more just tiny annoyances more than anything. I absolutely loved this book…I really want to go back and re-read it straight away but feel I should give some of my other books some love.

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Such a beautiful ending to a beautiful story.

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  1. I just finished reading this this evening and I completely agree about the length. It didn’t need to be that long and several parts felt completely unnecessary.

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    • littlebookynook · May 5

      Yeah I think SJM got lost in the “epicness” lol. I was wondering if maybe authors get paid more if it is a bigger book… I’m gunna re-read on the weekend ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š


  2. Haha I agree, while I loved every second of it sometimes I thought it was too much. The snarling, the sex scenes, the excessive use of ellipses. But I still loved every second of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • littlebookynook · May 5

      Lol I know right! For me, some of the sex scenes seem so unnecessary and sometimes a bit…icky. The book probably would have been shorter just getting rid of the snarling and sex scenes ๐Ÿ˜‚ Honestly, I think I’m going to re-read this weekend. Thanks for reading my review ๐Ÿ’œ

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  3. Haha! I kind of want to re-read it too… despite its problems, this series is still SO enjoyable. I have the worst book hangover ๐Ÿ™ˆ


  4. namitha · May 5

    I’ve not heard anything but great things about this book…great review…although I did see that you had a few cons… and I didn’t know the characters, so I couldn’t really make sence of a few things…do you have a review for acotar? I’d love to hear your views on that…

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    • littlebookynook · May 6

      I think ACOTAR is the only one I haven’t reviewed actually. Though I have to say it was definitely my least favorite. I found it slow to get going and wasn’t really feeling the love for the main characters. In saying that, I can appreciate that it was pretty much a build up to ACOMAF and I found I liked ACOTAR better after re-reading it. This is probably still up there as one of my favorite series and I highly recommend it. Thank you so much for reading my review – I felt bad doing a cons list but thought it would be better to just be honest, they weren’t massive issues for me…just some bug-a-boos ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • namitha · May 6

        Thanks for replying๐Ÿ˜Š
        I’m glad you included the cons list… then people would no what to watch out for
        Maybe I’ll give acotar a try sometime and I’ll let you know my thoughts on it๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • littlebookynook · May 8

        I can’t wait to hear your thoughts ๐Ÿ˜Š I hope you like it!!

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  5. Ah I can understand the tiny annoyances, because I had that with book 2, even though I did love it overall ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad this was such a good end to the series- I’m really looking forward to reading it!! Great review! (and yes, Tamlin will always be a douche)

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    • littlebookynook · May 8

      Yeah I guess no book is perfect (except for Red Rising ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚). I hope you love ACOWAR, I can’t wait to hear what you think! And thanks for reading my review ๐Ÿ’œ


  6. Briana · May 8

    I agree with your ranking. I thought ACOMAF was the strongest book, though I do think ACOWAR has some cohesion that wasn’t really present in the other books.

    I have no idea what Tamlin’s deal is. I think Maas just makes him do what’s plot convenient, rather than what makes sense with his character. She also really doesn’t delve into explanations for his actions when everyone else seems to get a long backstory about their bad life decisions that partially explains/excuses them.

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    • littlebookynook · May 8

      I had really hoped we would get more on Tamlin in ACOWAR. So much more could have happened when Feyre was at the Spring Court but to me she was just too invested in “ruining” Tamlin. Sometimes I also feel like Rhys is a little too perfect….if you know what I mean? I love him, but it’s nice for characters to have flaws as well. Thanks so much for reading my review ๐Ÿ’œ


      • Briana · May 8

        Yeah, I thought in ACOMAF that she wanted to ruin Tamlin just so fans wouldn’t be invested in him as a love interest, but then she seemed to give everyone else this pass of “Well, they suffered Under the Mountain so they have reasons….” that Tamlin didn’t get. Of course that wouldn’t *excuse* what essentially turned into an abusive relationship with Feyre, but I think there could have been more understanding there. But Maas just really wanted to cast him as a villain, so making him slightly more nuanced here with all the side switching just felt kind of random.

        Rhys came off as a little too perfect in this book to me. I thought Maas did a great job of making him complex in the previous book and pointing out that he made some really bad decisions that he now has to live with (partially because he only had a list of bad options with no “good” option). But I think he lost some of that complexity here and really just came off as some sort of perfect lover.

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      • littlebookynook · May 8

        That’s so true about Tamlin ๐Ÿ˜• Rhys pretty much just purred and growled the whole time ๐Ÿ˜ฉ


  7. moonprincess37 · May 29

    Oh tam the tool as everyone says ๐Ÿ˜‚ i actually don’t hate tam i think he crossed lines but i felt bad for the dude. I love rhys more but was hoping tam would find a mate to make him happy

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    • littlebookynook · June 1

      Maybe Tamlin will end up with someone in the novellas? I feel like he didn’t really get any character development at all. Like, who knows why he was super overprotective with Feyre? I have read very different opinions on Tamlin so my attitude towards has changed a little bit since this post. I realised that I also feel bad for him….it would be nice to see some redemption for him (more than what he got in ACOWAR). Everyone else was allowed to change…why couldn’t he? Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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