Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★☆☆

23766634I finally finished Court of Wings and Ruin. I feel like it took me forever to get through and that’s where it lost a few stars for me. Fair warning, this review will contain spoilers.

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

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.

I loved almost everything about this book, so you might be wondering why I’m giving it three stars. I’ll get to that later.

The opening starts off strong. Feyre is in the Spring Court, destroying Tamlin’s court from within. It’s a very dark character arc for Feyre. She enters the minds of Spring Court soldiers to rewrite history that – quite frankly – did not need to be rewritten. A huge part of Court of Mist and Fury is Tamlin’ s blatant abuse of Feyre, masked as protectiveness. His entire court saw how he treated her and a few even apologized in this final installment. But Feyre still goes through with her plan to paint Tamlin as worse than he is.

Which is totally unnecessary. His soldiers know what he did last time she was in the Spring Court and no one is happy about the Hyburn occupation. She is fairly one track minded at the beginning of the book, which is why, after she brings down the Spring Court (and breaks Ianthe’s hand in an all too satisfying scene), the pacing slows to a crawl.

This was the first place that I started to enjoy the book a little less. The action was gone. Suddenly, we were on the hunt for information, which meant a lot sitting… and waiting… and hinting that there were things beyond our understanding. It made the bulk of the book move incredibly slow, with the only action being the action between Feyre and Rhysand.

And there we sat while characters began to speak the truth and reveal little bits of their history until finally the action picked up! Which brings us closer to the second thing I didn’t like.

J. Maas went on a little character endangerment spree and left Azriel critically wounded and Mor running off to sleep with whomever.

And finally, Mor reveals that she doesn’t return Azriel’s feelings – nor any male’s feelings – because she’s gay.

I don’t care that she’s gay. I care that her coming out was not set up well at all across the series and feels more like a ploy to reach an LGBT audience. I care that her sexuality was treated like an after thought. I don’t think after thought representation is what the world needs.

Outside of that incredibly large faux pas though, I did enjoy the final installment and I hope you pick up the series if you haven’t already.

Fair warning: don’t get the audio book. Having sex scenes read to you is super awkward.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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