A Court of Wings and Ruin – Review

Publication Date : May 2, 2017

Hi, Nerdies.

We’re still in the world of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, but war is finally here.

It’s time for everyone to step out of dark corners, to mingle with some and to conspire against others. King of Hybern is overwhelmed by his greed of power and is actively threatening the peace of the realm. As a result, all seven courts convene to discuss the matter, though the schism that has been building underneath all this time seems to take its toll at last. It’s proven to be hard for all seven to agree even with one undisputed enemy. Hostile situation obviously calls for more pages, so it’s small wonder that the third book is the longest.

At this stage, we’ll see if our Velaris pack’s camaraderie and bravery hold against the impossible. Mind you, the pack is no longer the same it used to be with the newest addition, Elaine and Nesta keep twisting things up.

I must say that A Court of Thorns and Roses is a tale written not with a highly realistic pen. A glimpse of history is only there to tie up some loose ends instead of to carve intricate details to an already ornate storyline. Plot is linear, and characters are written a tad too dreamy to be real. Take Rhysand, to be honest, flaws attributed to him can’t really be called flaws, as they don’t so much put him on our bad side as grooms him even more handsome than ever. Now, to be realistic is no singular standard to give a good story. Even though in many spots this book is too good to be true, it is still a hell of story that’ll still shove you deep into the water and won’t let you even to resurface to breathe. Linear plotline also means it’s easy to digest –a promise of fast-read that is-, and a dreamy male lead equals to time for us stupidly drooling. 🙂

Frankly, I was a tad disappointed at the opening of the series because I came in prepared for a strong heroine with Aelin in my mind. Meanwhile, as I’ve discussed in my previous reviews, Feyre is written much differently in comparison. But I must admit, as the story progresses, I found myself leaning on more appreciative side to the differences between both characters. Feyre is an artist. She is not designed for battlefield. While this doesn’t mean that she’s a coward, this still tells that she’s not comfortable with combats. Any kind of hero strives for peace, but the motivation often differs among them. In Throne of Glass series, Aelin is the queen of the realm, both de facto and de jure, it falls in her responsibility to keep peace of her world. But it’s not the same for Feyre, she is a humble painter who enjoys to create, and peacetime is not so much a duty as a room required for her to craft and give back to the community. When a war starts, all kinds of people voluntarily and not must enlist, often even a pacifist, if only for a brighter future. Along the way, I was just grateful that sometimes it’s the introverted and crafty dork who gets to be in the spotlight. To make the unsuitable light completely hers.

Book three will be followed by A Court of Frost and Starlight, and I’m not going to review that one because it’s more like a long epilogue than the fourth part of the epic saga. Again, Feyre is a character designed to suit peace best, and that’s what the fourth book about. To let our girl get her life she’s always wanted, love and live without worries. She is terribly young, and there’s so much in life she hasn’t explored yet, and that leaves open space for another story down the road.  Yet if you want to sit this one out, and you wouldn’t miss much.

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