Here we are, at the end of another series.
Or is it?
It’s been a few weeks since Feyre returned to the Spring Court, pretending to have broken through Rhysand’s influence and back to Tamlin. She has spent her time playing the obedient yet traumatized lady in an effort to get into both Tamlin and Hybern’s good graces. She attempts to gather as much information as possible to send to the Night Court about what the King of Hybern is planning while simultaneously dismantling the Spring Court from the inside.Plans, even the best laid ones, don’t always go right and Feyre soon finds herself journeying back north and to her family – only this time with an unexpected ally in tow. Feyre, once reunited with her family, combines her information with that Rhys and the others have gathered to find Hybern’s true plan: to take over the human lands.
It becomes a race to gather as many allies as possible, which is difficult to do considering the Night Court’s reputation in Prythian. Will all of the High Lords side with the Night Court against Hybern? Or will they side with the Spring Court instead? Even if the High Lords rally together, their numbers might not be enough. Perhaps they will have the strength to defeat Hybern if they can find the missing human queen and convince her to side with them – along with the entire race of fae that disappeared after the last war. Even then, Hybern has the Cauldron; unless Feyre’s sisters can master their own mysterious gifts, but would that even be enough?
I really enjoyed A Court of Wings and Ruin. Being the concluding volume of this particular story, there were a lot of characters introduced. If you were waiting to finally meet all of the other High Lords, this is the book for you. A lot of action goes on, but I felt unsatisfied with some of the story. There were times I felt certain scenes dragged a bit or were truncated before their time. I think this is largely due to the huge cast and it being difficult to devote enough time to each group without having a book become too large (I wouldn’t have minded an extra 200 pages to flesh out certain scenes, but that’s just me).
I really can’t say much about this book without spoiling any of it. I will say that Azriel has always been a favorite, but he definitely outpaced everyone. He gets more screen time in this volume. I’ve also really grown to love Nesta and the complexity of her character.
I’m sad that this particular story in Prythian has ended. But Sarah has promised 3 more volumes so I’m eager to see what she has planned next.
My rating: 4.5/5