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A Court of Wings and Ruin

(A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  327,973 ratings  ·  31,516 reviews
The epic third novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s actions and learn what she can about the invading king threatening to bring her land to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit. One slip could bring doom not o
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published May 2nd 2017)
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Camille I recommend denial and rebound. Meaning pretend you never read it and deny its existence and read a lot of other books so you don't have any time to t…moreI recommend denial and rebound. Meaning pretend you never read it and deny its existence and read a lot of other books so you don't have any time to think about ACOTAR and ACOMAF. It's not great but it beats sitting around and crying while u think about how long a whole freaking year is. I should know seeing as how I was doing just that. (less)
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That’s the number of times that the word “mate,” in any of its hellish forms, is used in this book.





That statistic alone should be enough to justify this one star rating. If you feel satisfied enough to just remove yourself from this review, run with that feeling. Because I have, like. Seven pages of sh*t to complain about.

That’s if I’m efficient.

And I’ve never been an efficient reviewer. Once. In my life. I counted two hundred (and
Simona B
*Do I need to remind you to be civil? No, I don’t. Good kids.

“You High Lords really do love your melodrama, don’t you?”

(As if I hadn't got enough ammo already.)

For honesty's sake, the last two thirds of the book I could only bring myself to skim through (and I'm quite proud of myself for managing even that). The first third had accurately enlightened me as to what I was to expect, and my (abysmally low) expectations were met point by point.

We girls of the SmutClub weren't able to do a proper bu
Natalie Monroe
3.75 stars

"Rhys stepped off the stairs and took my hand.

Night Triumphant—and the Stars Eternal.

If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear."

It's the worst feeling in the world when finales don't match up to their predecessors. I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, I loved A Court of Mist and Fury, I am frankly disappointed by A Court of Wings and Ruin.

First, the writing. It's in desperate need of another round of editing. It's
"And will you come with me? On this adventure - and all the rest?"

I have died

I finished. 13 hours. I'm in hell.

You think you know pain? YOU DONT. This. This is pain. I have honestly not stopped sobbing for hours. I am broken. I woke up this morning (the day after finishing) and reread the last few chapters and I cried all over again.

I am broken and healing but every piece of my heart belongs to these books. (if you don't get that reference please get out of my life)

Let's discuss
Emily May
I wish so much that I could tell you I loved this book... but I just didn't.

After thinking A Court of Mist and Fury was such a huge improvement from A Court of Thorns and Roses, I was really excited for this third installment. I even preordered it. But I really struggled to get into the book from the very start. From pacing issues to awkward sex scenes that did nothing for me, it was one disappointment after another.

I've said this before but I really dislike Maas's sex scenes. At her best, she
Miranda Reads

Just published my latest BookTube Video - so excited to share it!
The Written Review
After that ending only one quote can adequately sum up my feelings:
Something thumped in front of me. A bottle of wine. “It’s fine if you drink directly from it,” was all Mor said.
This book ensared me - body and soul - and the last hundred pages? Whew. Talk about stress - like actual heart-pounding stress.

For those who don't know me, I stress-bake. I was 18 cupcakes and double-batch of
I’m wrecked. Because a Court of Wings and Ruin was the BEST CONCLUSION I could ever hope for.

I want to shout THANK YOU SJM for this incredible adventure. Thank you for letting us dream and travel across the stars if only for a short time.

I have been a massive fan of the ACOTAR series since the first book so I was highly anticipating ACOWAR. I was afraid I wouldn’t like the third book as much as I loved the second one but hell, I was so wrong. I swear, I don't know how many nerve cells this
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Yay! Another one of my books won 2017 GR award ❤️


I'm NOT even going to hint at any spoilers or go into too much in the book because there are a million people reading it right now.

I must say I loved A Court Of Mist And Fury as my favorite and now this one is my new favorite.

I love Rhys, Feyre, Cassian, Azriel, Lucien, Nesta, Elain, Mor, Amren and some random others.

They all have to fight in the war, trying to defeat King Hybern w
Chelsea Humphrey
Congratulations-winner of Best Young Adult Fantasy 2017!

Initially I was so wrapped up in needing closure to this part of the story that I was grabby grabby for anything I could get my hands on, but I can’t stop thinking about how many issues I had with this book. Was it enjoyable? Sure! I loved jumping back in with my old friends and seeing what was going on, but after a very lengthy intro I found it wasn’t quite what I had hoped for.

I won’t rehash everything in detail; there are enough reviews
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In these early days after the release, I'll say little and spoil nothing. This is wholly because I'm considerate and benevolent and not at all because I'm incoherent.

Suffice it to say, however, that after all the sentiment holds true:

ACOTAR 3 cover

Welcome to A Court of Pain And Feels.

Review to come when I deem hints acceptable and gather my wits and reason about me. In the meantime, you can (try to) find me in Velaris.
Andreea Pop
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glorious, thrilling and completely enthralling -- ACOWAR was everything I hoped for and then some. This is how you end a series -- with love and hope and happiness painting the grand finale. Maas deserves thunderous applause yet again.

Review to come.
“And I wondered if the road ahead—the road to true peace—would perhaps be the hardest and longest one yet.”

There aren’t many books that revert me back to my teenage self, or have me fangirling like an absolute idiot, but this series does that to me. Sarah J. Maas just does that to me.


Reread x 2.
My heart is in pain and full of love for this series.

I don't know what else to say, other than I had the BEST time reading this with my partner in crime, Lena!
We're obsessed with this series
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars

Before I say anything, I must say this:

What the fuck is this "vulgar gesture" that has been mentioned over and over and a-FUCKING-over again throughout all this series, which all the characters seem to gift each other with?

No for real, I would love to know.

Are they all giving each other a different "vulgar gesture" every time, or is it ONE single gesture.
And if so, which one?

This one?


This one?


How about this one?



How about the ever tried and true?


Or, perhaps, MY personal favorite:



Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
BIBLIOBABBLE- (review & discussion)


When the book you're highly anticipating has no cover, no title, and no synopsis:

And a May 2017 release date:

Essie (Midknight.traveller)




May 3rd 2016

Step 1: DENIAL

It can't be a year there must be some mistake. Maybe it will come out before that .....

Step 2: ANGER

A year? WHY UNIVERSE WHY? A friggin year! I'm being punished.


Is there a land where it is possible for me to read it beforehand?



Step 5: Acceptance

May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words fail me. I have always been more of a fan of Sarah J Mass fan, but more towards her Thrown of Glass series. I think this is her best book so far. This book just has everything. Great characters, great story, secrets, betrayal, redemptions, ACTION!!!! You name it is here. 700 pages and not a line wasted. Hell I would have been happy with another 700 pages of this standard. The character are great but there is such great character development no one is one dimensional the character are confl ...more
5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

“I would not have known what it is to truly hope, even when the world tells you to despair.”

Somehow, this book turned out to be very Sarah J. Maas-ish in a way that did not surprise me but still made me terribly emotional. It wasn’t the ACOMAF-emotion, it wasn’t the EoS-emotion, it wasn’t the KoA-emotion, it wasn’t the HoEaB-emotion.

This book has had its own emotion, I swear. It was tough, but somehow it was milder than the o
1.) A Court of Thorns and Roses ★★★★
2.) A Court of Mist and Fury ★★★★★

“A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.”

I had really high hopes for this, like really high, and I did enjoy it, but I can't help being reminded that this was nothing close to the perfection that ACOMAF was. My reading experience was honestly reminiscent to Harry Potter, because I was fangirling every other page, while squealing and giggling and rolling around on my bed like I was twelve again! And when
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know you're a dedicated fan when you mark an untitled book set to release in 2017 as a "want to read". Who cares if it doesn't come out another 2-3 years anyways?

EDIT 1/28/17: ahh that cover is so beautiful! Not much longer now!
4.25/5 stars

"Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged."

I want to print off a picture of this cover and keep it in my wallet. Just in case anyone asks me if I have children, I can just show them this.

Because all these assholes are my children.

I don’t even know where to start with this review. I’ve been writing things and then deleting them for weeks. Every combination of words just isn’t the right combination I need to right the perfect review. Sarah J. Maas always releases n
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
“One life may change the world.”

Nothing has changed. This book wasn't any better or worse than the other two in the series. Maybe slightly more exciting. But Sarah J. Maas is Sarah J. Maas and while her stories and her writing often excite me, they also annoy me. A lot.
Since so many (sooo many) people have read this book and written reviews about it, I'll keep mine short. (Well, okay. I now realize this is far from short, but it was worth a try.)

Overdramatic, exaggerated and cheesy are the best
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.8/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”

Let me talk to you about this book. This book KILLED ME. This book DESTROYED ME. This book ANNIHILATED ME. This book OBLITERATED ME. This book ELIMINATED ME. This book WIPED ME OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. This book EXTERMINATED ME. This book ERADICATED ME. I will never recover. How can I function after this fucking book? I was supposed to read it slowly because A Court of Frost and Starlight will arrive here
H.O.L.Y. -

Just when I thought that a book couldn't be honed to absolute perfection, Sarah J. Maas wiped that sneer off my face and proved me wrong. Again.

A Court of Wings and Ruin is a work of art that will make you run out of proper adjectives to describe all the pandemonium, magic and apocalypse it entails. The kind that will pull at your heartstrings right from the get-go and hold you with its sharp claws, imploring you to devour it.
Intense action, delicious romance, backstabbing, ferocio
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Be happy, Feyre,” he said quietly.

Actually it's not a 5-star rating, more like 4.5678-star for me. But this book, this blessed book brought me to tears and my heart nearly exploded through it. RHYS. I breathe him in and don't want to let him out. I longed for ACOWAR since it didn't even have the title and promised myself that I couldn't die before I got my hands on it. I can't gather the words to express how I am feeling right now. Everything is just right. EPIC. PERFECT. EXQUISITE. RHYS I
May 3rd, 2017

Video Review: Coming soon!!


Yes, that is dramatic but I don't even care because this book gave me everything I wanted and more. This is a guilty pleasure for me but not so guilty since I will always admit my love for this book/series.


I'm just overall very happy with my reading experience even though I yet again got no sleep from reading this beast of a book (I
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I’m on crack but I was surprised to find this book better than the first 2. The pacing was better, the side characters had more roles and personality, and I appreciate that Feyre and Rhysand were depicted as a power couple that were both supporting and challenging each other. That being said, the writing is still a hot mess, but at least it was kinda funny (i.e. the excessive usage of mating bonds, the random gay monologue at the end, the haphazardly rushed conclusion, etc.)
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
symptoms - sweaty palms, increased heart rate, calling everyone 'mate.'

diagnosis - rhysand withdrawals.

treatment - rereading this book.
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Okay okay.

I'm aware that I've taken about 74829101918281 days to complete this book. Trust me, I have my reasons.

Review to come!!!


Buddy read with my local hospital ❤️

I have to give them a shoutout because they were kind enough to offer me a room to stay in. It's like they already know I would require medical assistance to deal with THEM FEELS I'M ABOUT TO ENDURE.!!!

#PrayforTweebs 🙏🏼

K Thanks bye ✌🏼️✌🏼️✌🏼️✌🏼️✌🏼️

Alrighty all joke
♛ may
How do you write a review for a fantasy book that you’ve been waiting an entire year for??? And kinda disappoints you ??? I don’t know, so if you’re here for a review you better leave while you can. :)))

So, if you hadn’t noticed, my rating dropped dramatically since I read it and that’s not bc I am an impressionable child without an opinion but its bc I rated it at 1am while I was sleep deprived and my mind wasn’t functioning 100%

And now after taking some time to think about the book and my true
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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. To find out more, visit or follow @therealsjmaas ...more

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“I believe everything happens for a reason. Whether it is decided by the Mother, or the Cauldron, or some sort of tapestry of Fate, I don't know. I don't really care. But I am grateful for it, whatever it is. Grateful that it brought you all into my life. If it hadn't... I might have become as awful as that prick we're going to face today. If I had not met an Illyrian warrior-in-training," he said to Cassian, "I would not have known the true depths of strength, of resilience, of honor and loyalty." Cassian's eyes gleamed bright. Rhys said to Azriel, "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." Azriel bowed his head in thanks.
Mor was already crying when Rhys spoke to her. "If I had not met my cousin, I would neer have learned that light can be found in even the darkest of hells. That kidness can thrive even amongst cruelty." She wiped away her teas as she nodded.
I waited for Amren to offer a retort. But she was only waiting.
Rhys bowed his head to her. "If I had not met a tiny monster who hoards jewels more fiercely than a firedrake..." A quite laugh from all of us at that. Rhys smiled softly. "My own power would have consumed me long ago."
Rhys squeezed my hand as he looked to me at last. "And if I had not met my mate..." His words failed him as silver lined his eyes.
He said down the bond, 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.
He wiped away the tears sliding down my face. "I believe that everything happened, exactly the way it had to... so I could find you." He kissed another tear away.”
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