“A Court of Wings and Ruin” by Sarah J. Maas

WARNING: The internet is dark and full of spoilers…so if you don’t want this spoiled because you haven’t read it yet, I suggest that you go read it and then come back to this post. Pretty much all of my posts are written post reading of novels and my entire blog is basically one big spoiler…..BUT how I explain something and how YOU picture it happening may be totally different than how it is written, so even with spoilers, you still can be surprised/awed/insert adjective here. Enjoy!

Sarah certainly has a way of writing well. She writes A LOT, but it is well written.

I have always enjoyed that she adds a lot of detail and uses short sentence structure to convey the characters hurrying/stressed. Another writing style quirk of hers that I like is that she writes her dialogue more in line with how people actually talk. It’s nice. It feels more real.

This book was the very first book in my adult life that I have ever stayed up all night into morning reading. I got 34% done from that midnight release (to my kindle as an ebook) until 5am when I finally had to force myself to get some rest.

That drawback, which I have already mentioned before, of the weird trait/characteristic Sarah gives her female protagonists with taking baths. (She has both Fayre and Celaena Sardothien from her Throne of Glass series just obsessed with taking baths.) I think it’s just an odd trait to be so enamored with. I can see one of them being like that, but both? Seems bizarre. I get it, she is trying to show their relaxation times and how they unwind. Thankfully she had one like painting and one like reading so there are some differences. I digress.

The glaring issue with this conclusion to the trilogy was that barely anyone died. None of the main characters died (for real anyways). One minor character, their Dad, was killed and their big bad enemy also bit the bullet (Or more accurately the sword).

Think about this for just one moment. The main core cast of characters, in a WAR mind you, all okay and perfectly happy at the end. Not realistic. Cassian at least should not have survived that.

I feel like Sarah held back. She pulled some huge punches. She could have written some killer death scenes (Pun absolutely intended) and she could have done more.

I was disappointed with those aspects only.

I very much enjoyed the writing and the series as a whole.

Ms. Maas is writing three more books set in the world of Prythian featuring minor characters. (My money is mostly on Lucien since he was absent for most of this installment.)

We shall see what the future holds. I know I for one will be pre-ordering them to my kindle again because I get a lot of value from her writing. (She and Charlaine Harris are my two favorite female authors. George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss are my two favorite male authors.)

My sister bought me the first two books in this series in hardcover and my hubby got me this one also in hardcover on day two of my reading my ecopy of it. I plan to reread these and I was honored by the gifts so I can’t complain.

I now own more than 30 books, but that’s okay. The number of items is just an arbitrary number anyway.

I updated my bookshelf tab to reflect these additions and will update there any future additions/subtractions made. Books are my thing, they make me happy, what can I say? Every minimalist still needs to have a “thing”.

Oh and by the way? It was totally worth it staying up all night to read ACOWAR and I did finish it in three days like I figured I would. Wootwoot!

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