I finished A Court of Wings and Ruin last night and honestly, I don’t know how I’m supposed to pick anything else up right now. How will any book compare after just finishing ACOWAR? If you can’t already tell, I LOVED it. This seems to be an unpopular opinion, but I think it was the best in the series, and here’s why….
Reasons why ACOWAR was my favorite in the series
- Lucien. I adored Lucien in A Court of Thorns and Roses but he made me so angry in A Court of Mist and Fury. He had been Feyre’s friend in book one. He helped her survive under the mountain more than Tamlin ever would have. But then in the second book, he was weak and absurdly loyal to Tamlin. This book gave me the character redemption I needed to see from him. I loved he and Feyre’s budding best-friendship. One of my favorite moments in the entire book is when Feyre sees Lucien at the end of battle and runs and hugs him. I was already pretty emotional at that point and it sent me right back over the edge.
- I was already on board the Feyre + Rhysand ship. I really, really didn’t like Rhysand in the first book. The whole drugging her and dressing her up provocatively each night made me so uncomfortable. Because of this, it took me awhile to accept them as a couple in A Court of Mist and Fury. Now, they’re one of my favorite book couples of all time. I love how they have so much mutual respect for one another. He always treats her like an equal, allows her to make her own decisions, and never tries to control her. It is such a positive, healthy relationship that we need to see more of in young and new adult books.
- I already felt invested in all of these characters. A Court of Mist and Fury felt almost like a totally different book series than A Court of Thorns and Roses. We were in a new setting and being introduced to tons of new characters. By this book, I was already completely attached to these characters so naturally, I was more emotionally invested.
- Feyre is a stronger protagonist in this book than the last. I understood that last book she was suffering from severe PTSD. In fact, I thought it was really important that Maas show that. However, over time her surly, negative attitude started to wear on me. In this book, Feyre was angry but she channeled that anger into serious ass-kicking and I rooted for her every step of the way.
Things I didn’t love…
- Lucien and Elain. This pairing doesn’t make sense to me. Elain is sweet, innocent, and sensitive. Lucien is sassy. Like super sassy. Azriel is definitely a better match for her, but I still don’t love that match much either. I also just felt like Maas never really developed Lucien and Elain’s relationship, so it’s impossible to tell if they would even have chemistry.
- Mor coming out to Feyre. I know we all champion diversity in YA, and literature in general, but this just felt odd and out of character. I sort of felt like Maas had heard so many people criticize her books for the lack of diversity that she threw that scene in last minute to say “look at me! I write LGBT characters!” It felt forced and didn’t add anything to the story for me. Also, stringing Azriel along for this long is so not cool.
- I wanted more on the Drakon and Miryam story. I felt like there was a lot of build up to them in both ACOMAF and ACOWAR and then we hardly saw them at all. I’m hoping the next books will explore that story more.
Things I need to gush about….
- Cassian and Nesta! I need more Nessian in my life.
- I was super excited to see the bone carver and the weaver again.
- I loved the magical library.
- I immediately started to cry when we found out their dad was working with Vassa to help Prythian. The minute Drakon said “Prince of Merchants” I immediately was like “Omg their dad” and started to tear up.
- Nesta and Amren’s budding frienship. I love their sass and snark together.
- When Rhysand died, I definitely started to cry and then when Feyre felt the mating bond “die” with him I fell to pieces. Like nose running, trying to stifle my sobs crying.
Predictions for the next books…
It has been confirmed that there will be more books in this world, but from my understanding it’s a spin-off series, told from a new perspective. I spent a lot of my time this book trying to figure out who the next books will focus on and came up with three theories.
- Vassa, the sixth queen. This is the theory I feel most certain about. The last few chapters had a lot of focus on her. They established that she is cursed to be a firebird by night and she is tethered to a death king. All of this felt like set up for the next series of books. She’d be perfect to focus on because she now seems allied to the Night Court so we’d still get to check in with Rhysand and his inner circle. We’d also probably get some backstory as to how she came to work with Feyre’s dad, which I really, really want. Also, I’m going to assume in the next books the other queens will be the villains since that is definitely an unresolved, looming conflict.
- A prequel focused on Drakon and Miryam. I could definitely see a prequel, set long before Feyre, about the first war. Drakon and Miryam would be the main ship. We’d learn more about their conflict with Jurian. I felt like this was a huge possibility after the first chapter when Rhysand flashed back to the first war. However, I really hope she doesn’t go this route because I feel like the Drakon, Miryan, Jurian triangle too closely mirrors Feyre, Tamlin, and Rhysand, and the books wouldn’t feel original.
- In this book we found out Lucien is Helion’s son. We also found out Helion has no heir to the Day Court. If Helion were to die (which I really don’t want to happen), Lucien could become High Lord of the Day Court and we could follow him on that journey.
Those of you who have read the book, what did you think of it? How did it stand up to the others in your opinion? What are your theories for the next books? Let me know in the comments below!