First and foremost, A Court of Mist and Fury is still my favorite of the three books. And I believe that everyone went into this novel with very high expectations. Having said that, despite the fact that A Court of Wings and Ruin fell short of my expectations, but I still enjoyed it.
A Court of Wings and Ruin begins up shortly after the events of ACOMAF. Feyre, the High Lady of the Night Court, meets with her old lover Tamlin in the Spring Court. Feyre is determined to bring down his court and spy on any plans related to the King of Hybern’s impending invasion into Prythian. The Inner circle must figure out how to collect the High Lords and join forces in a temporary peace before Hybern arrives. And uses the Cauldron to wage war on Prythian, now that they have the information they need.
Apart from that, I thoroughly enjoyed this work. The wit was still present, and it made me laugh at times. I also enjoyed learning more about Azriel. I believe he remained overlooked at ACOMAF because he is so quiet and practically hides in the shadows. He has a much bigger role in this book, and he quickly became one of my favorites. I wholeheartedly endorse a book dedicated solely to Azriel.
The fantasy world-building was my favorite part of this book. In this volume, we got to see a lot more of Prythian and learn a lot more about the other courts and High Lords, which I really liked. Even though these themes seemed forced and out of no where at times, but with more characters of color and LGBTQ characters, it was a welcome addition and the story became more varied.
This brings us to the book’s ending, which is, in principle, the end of Feyre’s story. I assumed that these three novels would conclude the trilogy, but I don’t believe SJM ever stated that this would be the case. It felt like she was laying the groundwork for numerous distinct stories to unfold but it’s possible that’s what the novellas are for, and the three volumes will be a trilogy following a different character, similar to how this trilogy followed Feyre.
Finally, while I like the story overall and was mostly content with the ending, I appreciated the full-circle aspect to it. I can’t really describe what I’m talking about without giving too much away, so I’ll just leave it at that. Despite some flaws, this was a great book series.
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