Author: Sarah J. Maas Publisher: Bloomsbury Release Date: May 2nd 2017 Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance Pages: 699 --- Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all. --- Okay. I’m just going to try my hardest to put my review of this book into actual words, because I have a lot of emotions, even though it’s been over a week since I finished ACOWAR.
Basically, this was such a satisfying end to the ACOWAR trilogy (I know it’s being extended, but I mean the end to Feyre’s story). Maas is exceptional at descriptive writing. It’s like her storytelling hopped off the page and came to life right in front of my eyes.
Her characters, also, are excellent. Feyre is so badass but vulnerable at the same time, and Maas managed to pull off a great exploration of her strengths versus her weaknesses. Many of her other characters I fell in love with (all over again) were Rhys and Mor and Cassian and Nesta. I was quite surprised that I found myself fondly attached to the Suriel as well. What I love about Maas’s characters are that they’re all, in some way, broken but she manages to write each one to overcome that piece of them. She also has the best villains, too. Every single time I saw Tamlin’s name on the page I just wanted to scream.
If there’s something I didn’t like about it, it was the fact that Maas seemed to pair off like every character. Some of their romances felt unnecessary and completely forced. Rhysand, of course, is the best relationship. And I can understand Elain and Lucien, because I ship it a little bit too. But Nesta and Cassian felt completey forced in my opinion and I don’t think they should’ve ended up together.
But the plot was everything I could’ve hoped for and more. It was gripping throughout and made ACOWAR practically unputdownable. I even finished it in a shorter time that I had expected it was that good. Would totally recommend the A Court of Thorns and Roses and although Maas is quite a problematic writer, as long as her offences are called out and acknowledged, I was able to enjoy the rest of it.
5 out of 5 stars for one of my most anticipated releases of this year.