In anticipation of A Court of Wings and Ruin, I decided to refresh my memory by rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. Even though I’d read them in October last year, I found that I had already forgotten quite a bit. And like the first time I read them, I didn’t want to put them down. No, I just wanted to keep reading, even past midnight. Now that I have finished all three of them, I have written a review for each of them. So, without further ado, you can read them just below.
(Note: I recommend you read this after you’ve read the books! Spoiler alert!)
A Court of Thorns and Roses (book one):
Plot: After killing a wolf—a fae—while she hunted, Feyre is taken away from her family to spend the rest of her life in Pythian. Gradually, her resentment for her captor, Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court, morphs into deeper feelings—and he returns the same sentiments. However, she realises that the ancient curse on him, on his Court, may result in losing him, so she has to find a way to break it.
Review: I have fallen in love with A Court of Thorns and Roses all over again. The world was so vivid, almost like it was real, and it became my reality every time I picked it up. Sarah J. Maas’s gorgeous writing brought it to life—that, as well as the characters, especially the heroine, Feyre. Maas wrote everything so well: the fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled moments, and the slower ones, too. I couldn’t get enough of it. And I loved Feyre; she was so well-developed for me—so strong, so brave, so selfless, yet still flawed, still vulnerable at times. Then there are the guys who made me swoon: Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhys, each attractive, each having their own distinctive personality. I don’t think what I have written can do this book any justice—I knew this from when I started—but I have tried, and I think I’ve done the best I can do.
A Court of Mist and Fury (book two):
Plot: Feyre finds herself being haunted by what she went through Under the Mountain. Even as a High Fae now, she feels so powerless, especially since Tamlin stops her from doing anything but stay in the confines of his property. But the bargain she made with Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court, pulls her deeper into his world until she finds herself getting closer and closer to Rhys. However, something malevolent and powerful threatens the Night Court, and she has a significant role in preventing it.
Review: The first time I read A Court of Mist and Fury, it surprised me. Before I started it, I read people gushing about Feyre and Rhys—not Tamlin, Rhys. At the time, I was still in the middle of ACOTAR, still shipping Feyre and Tamlin, so I was confused. When I started ACOMAF for the first time, I went into it excited yet sceptical. I had no idea how much I’d loved it, how much better I found it compared to the first book. I loved how Feyre grew to be a much stronger individual; how she fights to free herself, to break away from what happened, and not just that—Tamlin is being overprotective, and he refuses to let make her own decisions. I liked the way everything turned out: how she broke free, how she became stronger. When I finished it—not only the first time, but the second time, too—I was desperate for A Court of Wings and Ruin, of more Feyre and Rhys.
A Court of Wings and Ruin (book three):
Plot: Feyre is playing a game of deceit as she attempts to uncover what Tamlin has planned, what the king has in store to take over Pythian. War looms ahead, and Feyre needs to find allies, those she can trust, so they have a chance at prevailing, even if it is the most unlikely.
Review: As soon as I had A Court of Wings and Ruin in my hands, I couldn’t help but read it. I wanted to take my time, despite the need to devour it—and I was surprised that I did that. I was filled with such giddiness as I read it, but not just that—anxiety seemed to loom in the background, too. When I finished it, I was speechless; I couldn’t find the right words to express how I felt. Even now, even after days have passed since I have read it, it’s still difficult. All I can say is that it was amazing. I loved how much Feyre has evolved since ACOTAR; I loved how deceitful, how wicked she could be, how much stronger she was. And I kept falling in love with Lucien; I love how he stuck by her, even with his intention to see Feyre’s sister, Elain; I love how loyal he was to her. ACOWAR had so many twists and turns, and one of the cruellest things to occur was ironically page 666. Also, I loved how much more diverse it was. Overall, I love ACOWAR, and I can’t think of a better conclusion to Feyre’s story.
As you can see, I have had an exciting few weeks. I feel sad knowing that Feyre’s story has come to an end, but I am relieved that there will be more books in the series, following other characters. It’s going to be a difficult wait, just as difficult as waiting for A Court of Wings and Ruin, but luckily, I have plenty of books in the meantime to keep me content. Right now, I am rereading the Throne of Glass series—I just finished The Assassin’s Blade, which I want to review—which I hope to do a review for each book.
Check out these other reviews on Sarah J. Maas books:
- Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – a review by Melissa
- The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – a review by Luke