The third book, ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ of the ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ Series toyed with my emotions like no other. It begins with Feyrah in the Spring court playing the part of the doting lover all while poising the Spring court to fall in her act of vengeance against Tamlin for nearly getting her mate, her family, and herself killed all in order to steal her back from Rhysand. This is a bit short-sighted however because it poises the Spring court to be overrun by Hybern and poisons an ally that they later need in order to defeat the wicked king.
Feyrah, as the strong female protagonist the young adult fiction or adult fiction fantasy book centers around, sees her powers grow and her abilities to fly and to fight become more defined. She also puts the Autumn court in their place, as I had hoped for in the second book. We also see her woo a myriad of monsters to their side, proving that even the most unlikely of allies can be won. She takes her place as Rhysand’s mate on the romance side but as High Lady of the Night Court, striking fear into enemies and allies alike. They are the two most powerful high fae and their union proves too strong for their enemies.
In this book, we also meet Elain and Nesta as immortal High Fae. Elain is devastated because she was engaged to a mortal who has a deep-seated hatred of the Fae and her mate, Lucien, is a hovering presence on the edge of her near-catatonia. We also learn that she can see bits and pieces of the future and this proves a somewhat helpful gift. Nesta, however, has powers not because the cauldron gave them to her as it did with Elain, but because she stole them. Because what Nesta has was ripped from the cauldron during her making she has damaged the cauldron so that it no longer performs the way the King of Hybern needs it to. She also has a connection to it and can detect when it is being used. We only see a glimpse of her powers on the battlefield when her untrained self wreaks havoc only to drain herself in one move.
My favorite moment was when she finally took on the Ouroboros and then when she finally defeated Hybern by controlling the cauldron because she did that through her own sense of self and acceptance and not through her immortal powers. The last fifty pages were so action-packed that I couldn’t put the book down even though I was crying and my stomach was growling because I was putting off eating so that I could know what happened next.
The death of Rhysand was what truly killed me and I felt like I was living through Feyrah’s heartbreak. I was shocked that all of the high lords, including Tamlin, came forward to save him after her treachery at the beginning of the book in the Spring Court and her putting the Autumn Court High Lord in his place during their discussions about the upcoming war. It is because Tamlin came forward that I do believe that he actually loves Feyrah still even through everything they have put each other through because only someone who loves someone else could put aside their own personal misery to not see the person they love be miserable.
The third novel is preceded by ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses,’ and, ‘A Court of Mist and Fury,’ and followed by one more novel: ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight,’ with the fifth and final novel ‘A Court of Silver Flames,’ coming out in January of 2021.
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