A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Review

Adult Fantasy Romance Book Review - A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Review - ACOTAR Series by Sarah J Maas

In this A Court of Wings and Ruin book review I’m sharing my thoughts on the third book in the ACOTAR series by Sarah J Maas. I always try to keep spoilers to a minimum, however, there may be some small spoilers.

“It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it – not be broken by it.”

Sarah J Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third book in the adult fantasy series A Court of Thorns and Roses. After the cliffhanger of the second book I could not wait to get my hands on this book to see how our story ends.

A Court of Wings and Ruin book cover

Trigger Warnings

Since we don’t always get trigger warnings on books I like to give trigger warnings in my reviews. This can help people avoid certain triggers that could hurt their mental well being.

Possible Triggers in this book are:

  • Assault
  • Blood
  • Bones
  • Death
  • Decapitation
  • Gore
  • Hostages
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Poisoning
  • Profanity
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes
  • Slut Shaming
  • Torture
  • Violence
  • War

For a list of the triggers I look for you can check out this link here. This may or may not be a complete list of triggers for this book, I do my best to make sure I mark anything that could be a potential trigger but I may accidentally miss triggers.

Synopsis and Author

We continue to follow Feyre as she is now back in Spring Court with Tamlin – after being betrayed – and her sisters being turned into Fae by the King of Hybern when he puts them in the Cauldron. We see our favorite characters prepare for war with Hybern, revenge, and a reveal of who the Night Court actually is to all of Prythian.

Sarah J Maas once again grabs us and takes us for a ride of twists, turns, and an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing, cheering, and even ugly crying. This series just gets better and better with each book.

A Court of Wings and Ruin Reading Experience

In A Court of Wings and Ruin we are once again in Prythian on the verge of war with Hybern. We get to see two more additional courts in this book and once again they are absolutely beautifully detailed and written by Sarah J Maas.

While Feyre is still our main point of view in this book we get two parts in the beginning and at the end that are from Rhysand’s point of view. 

Being on the verge of war and with Feyre back at Spring court, this book moves pretty quickly. We go from action scene to action scene with few spots to rest. I could not put this book down with either the first or second read through. 

This book took me from cheering, to laughing, to ugly crying all in the day and a half I spent reading it. I absolutely loved the entire book from start to finish.

Writing Style

This ebook is a little over 700 pages with 82 chapters of non-stop action. Every scene, the character development, and the dialogue was beautifully created. Just enough description to be able to see it in your mind’s eye without being overly wordy.

I could not put this book down. Sarah J Maas gave us amazing twists and brilliant plans. I did not think the ending was going to happen the way it did. I had a hard time predicting anything that would happen in this book.

A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Review

Right off the bat Feyre and Rhysand top my favorite characters. Feyre on her own is really coming into her own, growing, and healing, while maybe getting some small revenge. Meanwhile, Rhysand is just delicious. His support for Feyre, his willingness to step aside, he made her his equal in every way in the last book and it continues in this one.

The Inner Circle. I love the entire inner circle for their loyalty, fierceness, love, and humor. They compliment each other nicely and are truly like a family.

Hellion, I love me a bisexual character who can go from scary to teddy bear real fast. 

Nesta, she may have her issues, she may be hard to get through, but she is strong and unafraid of a lot of things. We see some growth in this book with her.

Tamlin and Ianthe end up on my hated list because of everything they’ve done to help Hybern and their attitudes in this book are just horrible. They never take responsibility for anything and I can’t stand them.

Beron is an asshole who would only do something if it benefits him somehow. 

Hybern makes my hated list. The king, the twins, anyone involved with Hybern is despicable. 

Again Sarah J Maas does a fantastic job with world building. Her description of war scenes was perfect, not a lot of gore but you get the point that it’s brutal. I especially liked the details about what war actually does to a character. It’s not like they are just ok with what’s happening, they hate that this is happening and wished there was another way.

I could not put this book down the first time and just like with the last two books I cried harder the second time around than the first. It’s not often that books get better the more you read them and these did for me. 

If you like high fantasy that involves Fae and magic this is absolutely a great series for you. 

Star Rating

Before I rate this book I want to give you a bit of background about what my rankings mean. I typically read books that I check out through the Libby app with my local library or through Kindle Unlimited. 

I rarely buy ebooks unless they are cheaply priced or on sale. I also very rarely buy physical copies of books. I’m a bit of a minimalist so I have to absolutely adore a book to buy a physical copy that will be proudly displayed in my home.

So my ranking system is as follows:

  • 5 Stars equals I am buying a physical copy of this book. I will read this book at least 10 more times, it is the best ever.
  • 4 stars equals a great book. I might buy an ebook version when it’s on sale so that I can re-read it at least one more time.
  • 3 stars equals a good book. I likely won’t read again but I appreciate the story.
  • 2 stars equals “Meh.” I will not read this book again, it had a lot of problems and I did not care for it.
  • 1 star equals a bad book. I barely finished this book and I will never recommend anyone waste valuable book reading time on this book.
  • 0 stars is a did not finish book. I will never finish that book and it is banished.

A Court of Wings and Ruin gets 5 stars from me in both the first and second read throughs. I loved the pacing of this book, what the characters went through, the ending, and the roller coaster of emotions that Sarah J Maas takes you through.


  • Emotions run high in this book and it makes you ugly cry.
  • The action keeps this book moving at a steady pace.
  • I loved the character growth of all of our main characters.


  • There were a couple of new characters brought in at the end of the book that are left on a cliffhanger even though the main story is done.

Final Thoughts on A Court of Wings and Ruin

This was a fantastic finish to the ACOTAR series, my understanding is that we are getting more books like A Court of Silver Flames where we dive into the point of views of new characters. I’m interested to see where this goes and I hope we get more than just Nesta and Elaine. 

I loved this book, I loved the Feyre and Rhysand story and I felt it was fitting. I look forward to seeing what happens with them through the eyes of some of the other characters.

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Adult Fantasy Romance Book Review - A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Review - ACOTAR Series by Sarah J Maas

ACOTAR Series by Sarah J Maas - Adult Fantasy Romance Book Review - A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Review

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