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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
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really liked it
bookshelves: series, 2017-read, main-reads

Lucifer have mercy! (*fans self with black hat*) Maas has done it again.

At the end of ACOMAF, Maas left us hanging on the edge of a cliff. Hybern potentially had broken one of the bonds between Feyre and Rhys, Azriel and Cassian had both been gravely wounded, the Archeron sisters had been turned into Fae, Hybern and Prythian were on the brink of war, and Feyre was on a mission to destroy the Spring Court from within.

By the Cauldron...if that b*#@$ didn’t deliver.

Feyre’s time in the Spring Court was not our favorite...for obvious reasons (Such as the lack of Rhysand) and also because it was a little slow. Some of our witches actually struggled to get through it, though we promise, it does pick up later!

We will say one thing about this part of the book...we ain’t messing with the High Lady of the Night Court anytime soon. Her revenge was patient and oh, so brutal.

The Crew...
Rhysand, Dark Lord of our hearts, how your harem has missed you. As always, Rhys’s love for the Court of Dreamers, the sacrifices he is willing to make for them, it is enough to make us carve the hearts from our very own chests. And the way he supports Feyre, believes in her...ay!

Warning: Readers, prepare yourself for page 666. That is all.

Basically, have tissues handy from the time Rhys gives his moving battle speech and on.

“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...

After Feyre’s action in the Spring Court, finding out about her sisters was next on our list. How had turning Fae changed them, what powers had the Cauldron bestowed? Becoming Fae seemed to magnify much about the sisters, though we were surprised to see that Nesta changed the most, emotionally. She goes from her usual hard and uncompromising self, to understanding more of her sister’s choices, becoming willing to sacrifice a bit of herself for the greater good, and maybe, just maybe, finding love.

Elain, on the other hand, didn’t change too much by the end of the book, though she was the center of some interesting developments. We found out at the end of ACOMAF that she and Lucien are mates. Without spoiling anything, we will say there’s a long journey between Lucien’s post in the Spring Court, through Elain’s protective sisters, and the waiting for Elain’s recovery from the trauma of the Cauldron.

Here’s where her story gets interesting though…
(view spoiler)

Tamtool also really surprised the Coven. His actions took him from Biggest Douche In All The Land, to maybe, just maybe, we won’t crucify him at our next bonfire. He came through at some very crucial moments, but still has a long journey ahead. It will be some time before he can become whole after the trauma Under the Mountain and everything since. At the least, we wish him healing and happiness.

“We're all a broken, in our own ways - In places no one might see.”

Dem Monsters...

Maas had some fun filling out the cast of ACOWAR with monsters. We meet Bryaxis, the nightmare under the mountain. We also got to visit more with the Bone Carver and the Weaver. Personally, we thought Bryaxis was the most cuddly and would make a great familiar.

And the Suriel, sweet, sweet, skeletal Suriel, bless your ragged cloak. Many tears were shed on your behalf.

Things The Coven Didn’t Love…
For so many threads, plot twists, and such odds stacked against Prythian, the end ties up just a bit too neatly for our liking. Of course, we wanted a happy ending for our loves, but this felt like a bit of a stretch. We will forgive Maas almost anything...except killing off Rhys, Feyre, Mor, Cassian, Azriel, Ameren, Nesta, Elain, Lucien, Varian, Helion, Drakon, Miryam, Nephelle, or Vassa.

Is that really too much to ask?

There was also an interesting character development for the Morrigan, warrior goddess. (view spoiler)
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Reading Progress

December 28, 2015 – Shelved
December 28, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
January 26, 2016 – Shelved as: series
October 29, 2016 – Shelved as: 2017-read
August 21, 2017 – Started Reading
September 20, 2017 – Finished Reading
October 31, 2018 – Shelved as: main-reads

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