A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
In Sarah J. Maas’s thrilling third installment to A Court of Thorns and Roses series, Feyre has returned to the Spring Court. She is determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading King of Hybern 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.
Published: May 3, 2016 by Bloomsbury
**The following post will contain spoilers for ACOTAR, ACOMAF, and ACOWAR.**
Actual review for ACOWAR will be posted soon along with a Book Talk post!
A Court of Wings and Ruin has been number one on my to read list even before we were given a title. Heck, I was ready to read this right after finishing A Court of Mist and Fury. I mean who wouldn’t with that cliffhanger?! The entire trilogy holds a very dear, very special place in my heart, which will be explained in a future post. I wanted to do something special and crazy for ACOWAR because of it. So I’m making a 3-part post on my experience with ACOWAR. I know that this isn’t the end of the trilogy but as SJM said, it’s the end of Rhysand’s and Feyre’s story and that doesn’t sit well with me haha. Reading ACOWAR has been a rollercoaster ride and I wanted to make a reaction post of it … through the use of Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, gifs!
I wish I could do every single thing that happened in the book but Oliver Queen is very limited in his emotional display so he made this post extra
challenging fun for me. This is my last warning to my fellow readers, this will spoil absolutely everything about ACOWAR! Do NOT read this post if you haven’t read it!!! Anything after this line will be spoilers!
The High Lady of the Night Court Brings the Spring Court to its Knees
Meanwhile Lucien is Suspicious of Her Scheming but Powerless to Do Anything
When Tamlin Keeps Saying He’s “Trying” (!!!) and Tells Feyre that Hybern is Their Ally and Kept Taking Ianthe’s Side!
Feyre telling Alis that Rhys is a Monster but Alis Knows Better 😉
“Servants talk. And Under the Mountain, I never heard of or saw Rhysand laying a hand on a servant. Guards, Amarantha’s croonies, the people he was ordered to kill, yes. But the never the meek. Never those unable to defend themselves.”
“They say you came back different. Came back wrong. I never bother to tell them I think you came back right. Came back right at last.”
Rhysand’s and Feyre’s Long Awaited Reunion
“And as those violet eyes met mine, as that familiar half smile faded …
My face crumpled. A small, broken noise cracked from me. Rhys was instantly moving, but my legs had already given out. The foyer carpet cushioned the impact as I sank to my knees. I covered my face with my hands while the past month crashed into me. Rhys knelt before me, knee to knee. Gently, he pulled my hands away from my face. Gently, he took my cheeks in his hands and brushed away my tears.”
Cassian and Feyre Spar and He Tells Her That He Was Angry About What Happened in Hybern
“Rhys pulled the same shit fifty years ago. When he went to that damned party Amarantha threw.”
“I’ll never forget it, you know. The moment he spoke to us all, mind to mind. When I realized what was happening, and that … he’d save us. Trapped us here and tied our hands but … It went quiet – in my head. In a way it hadn’t been before. Not since … Even with utter hell unleashing here, across our territory, I just went … quiet. After Hybern, the healer kept me asleep while she worked on my wings. So when I woke up two weeks later … that’s when I heard. And when Mor told me what happened to you … It went quiet again.”
Feyre and Nesta are Attacked at the Priestesses Safe Haven/Library by Hybern
“High Lady of the Night court,” one of the Ravens sang. “What sort of cage shall our king build for you?”
“We can smell you,” the other Raven said. “How your mate shall rage when he’s found we’ve taken you.”
Hybern Attacks Adriata and the King of Hybern “Shows Up”
“It will take everything, you know, To try to stop me, Everything you have. And it still won’t be enough, and when you have given everything and you are dead, Rhysand, when your mate is mourning over your corpse, I am going to take her […] Perhaps I’ll give her to Tamlin when I’m done.”
High Lord Meeting at Dawn Court
Rhysand: “I’m not in the business of discussing our plans with enemies.”
Tamlin: No, you’re just in the business of fucking them.”
Tamlin: “If you hadn’t stolen my bride away in the night, Rhysand, I would not have been forced to take such drastic measures to get her back.”
Tamlin: “It was not enough to sit at my side, was it? You asked once if you’d be my High Lady, and when I said no … Perhaps I underestimated you. Why serve in my court, when you could rule in his.”
“Why do you think I invited them to the house? Into my lands? I once told you I would fight against tyranny, against that sort of evil. Did you think you were enough to turn me from that? It was so easy for you to call me a monster, despite all I did for you, for your family. Yet you witnessed all that he did Under the Mountain, and still spread your legs for him. Fitting, I suppose. He whored for Amarantha for decades. Why shouldn’t you be his whore in return?”
Beron: “Did you know that while your mate was warming Amarantha’s bed, most of our people were locked beneath that mountain? Did you know that while he had his head between her legs, most of us were fighting to keep our families from becoming the nightly entertainment? And now Rhysand wants to play hero. Amarantha’s Whore becomes Hybern’s Destroyer. But if it goes badly … Will he get on his knees for Hybern? Or just spread his –“
King of Hybern uses the Cauldron to break down the Wall
First Battle and Finally Getting to see Cassian in real War Time Action!
“The commander had found a discarded spear. He threw it. His knees bent, wings tucked in tight, shield twisting — He took the spear in the shielded with an impact I could have sworn I heard, then sliced off the shaft and kept running.”
Feyre Finding the Suriel, Only For It to Get Killed by Ianthe
‘Leave this world…a better place than how you found it.’
And as its chest rose and stopped altogether, as its breath escaped in one last sigh, I understood why the Suriel had come to help me, again and again. Not just for kindness…but because it was a dreamer.
And it was the heart of a dreamer that ceased beating inside that monstrous chest.
Feyre Leading Ianthe to the Weaver’s Cottage to Get Killed
Rhysand’s Speech to Feyre Before Going to Hybern’s Camp
“You do not fear. You do not falter. You do not yield. You go in, you get her, and you come out again.”
Feyre, Azriel, and Elain Escape Hybern’s camp with Tamlin’s and Jurian’s Aid
Rhys’s Final Speech to the Inner Circle
“If I had not met an Illyrian warrior-in-training, I would not have known the true depths of strength, of resilience, of honor and loyalty.”
“If I had not met a shadowsinger, I would not have known that it is the family you make, not the one you are born into, that matters. I would not have known what it is to truly hope, even when the world tells you to despair.”
“If I had not met my cousin, I would never have learned that light can be found in even the darkest of hells. That kidness can thrive even amongst cruelty.”
“If I had not met a tiny monster who hoards jewels more fiercely than a firedrake… my own power would have consumed me long ago.”
“And if I had not met my mate… I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… The wait was worth it. I believe that everything happened, exactly the way it had to… so I could find you.”
When it Looked Like Hybern was Winning and then: Jurian, Tamlin, Beron, Prince of Merchants, Vassa, Lucien, Drakon, and Miryam come!!!!!
Amren Lying to Feyre
“Amren had lied. She did not plan to leash the king or his army with the Cauldron and the Book. And whatever trap she had set … I had fallen right into it.”
Amren only said, “I’m sorry I lied to you.”
Feyre Watches King of Hybern Kill Her Father
“Our father snarled, “Don’t you lay your filthy hands on my daughter–”
I heard the crack before I realized what happened. Before I saw the way my father’s head twisted. Saw the light freeze in his eyes. Nesta made no sound. Showed no reaction as the King of Hybern snapped our father’s neck.
I began screaming. Screaming and thrashing inside the Cauldron’s grip. Begging it to stop it–to bring him back, to end it–“
Nessian versus the King of Hybern!
“Nesta looked at the king with death twining around his hands, then down at Cassian. And covered Cassian’s body with her own. Cassian went still – then his hand slid over her back. Together. They’d go together.”
“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world – the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”
Elain and Nesta kill the King of Hybern
But as a black blade broke through the king’s throat, spraying blood, I realized someone else had. Elain stepped out of a shadow behind him, and rammed Truth-Teller to the hilt through the back of the king’s neck as she snarled in his ear, “Don’t you touch my sister.”
The Cauldron is Broken. Rhys and Feyre Combine Their Powers to Fix it Resulting in Rhysand’s Death
“I loosed a shuddering breath. We had done it. We had done — I turned. Rhys was sprawled on the rocky ground, wings draped behind him. He looked like he was sleeping. But as I breathed in — It wasn’t there. That thing that rose and fell with each breath. That echoed each heartbeat.
The mating bond. It wasn’t there. It was gone.
Because his own chest … it was not moving.
And Rhys was dead.
I had only silence in my head. Only silence, as I began screaming. Screaming and screaming and screaming. The emptiness in my chest, my soul as the lack of that bond, that life —
I was shaking him, screaming his name and shaking him, and my body stopped being my body and just became this thing that held me and this lack of him, and I couldn’t not stop screaming and screaming.
They were saying things, but all I could hear was that last I love you, which had not been a declaration but a good-bye. And he had known, He had known he had nothing left, and stopping it would take everything. It would cost him everything. He’d kept his shields up so I wouldn’t see, because I wouldn’t have said yes, I would have rather the world ended than this, this thing he had done and this emptiness where he was, where we were —
I couldn’t live with this, couldn’t endure this, couldn’t breathe–
“Be happy, Feyre.”
Rhys Comes Back to Life
I told him how I had fallen in love with him–every glance and passed note and croak of laughter he coaxed from me. I told him of everything we’d done, and what it had meant to me, and all that I still wanted to do. All the life still left before us.
And in return … a thud sounded. I opened my eyes. Another thud. And then his chest rose, lifting my head with it.
Then Rhys groaned, “If we’re all here, either things went very, very wrong or very right.”
I didn’t hear what else they said. Rhys sat up, lifting me off him. He brushed away the hair clinging to my damp cheeks. “Stay with the High Lord,” he murmured.
The Inner Circle is Back in the Town House, laughing, while Rhys wonders if this is real and then flies over Velaris with Feyre
“And will you come with me; On this adventure – and all the rest?”
When he brushed his wing against mine, just because he could, because he wanted to and we’d have an eternity of nights to do this, to see everything together …
All of it.
This book was absolutely wild and I’ll always cherish it. My actual review for the book will be posted soon enough, along with a book talk post. Let me know what you guys thought of A Court of Wings and Ruin!