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.
A Court of Mist and Fury was my favorite book of 2016 so this book was one of my most anticipated novels for 2017!
I’m going to say right now that this review will have spoilers for the previous books and this book. I have too much I want to say to not speak freely in this review.
This book starts off interestingly enough with Feyre at Tamlin’s Spring Court where she is out to learn just what is going on and how she can stop it. I did enjoy seeing Feyre back at Tamlin’s house because she was stronger this time and she knew exactly what she wanted. I highly enjoyed the part where Feyre was able to leave the Spring Court in pieces by putting doubt into the minds of the soldiers and people. She was turning the Spring Court against Tamlin so they wouldn’t help him when he needed it. She also tried to teach that vile priestess a lesson on the way out.
As soon as Feyre when back to the Night Court I was excited because we were going to see Rhys and the gang again. I was happy to have them all reunited but things now feel really different. Whereas we were use to the Night Court gang it has grown. Feyre’s sisters are there now and one is a bitch and one is locking herself away to cry for a human life she can never go back to. Also in this there was so much talk of mates. Each sister seems to already have a mate even though those bonds haven’t snapped into place. I honestly felt that the majority of this book wasn’t even about Rhys and Feyre, it was about the sisters and how they were going to move forward in the next set of books to find their mates. Honestly this is the last book that focuses on Rhys and Feyre and yet it didn’t focus on them at all. I was and still am pissed about this. I fell in love with our main characters and I feel they didn’t even get a final book. They got this mess of everyone but them.
Moving on from the sisters there is a war to plan. This also seemed a mess to be honest. At first Feyre decides she must train herself for war by learning to fly and also keeping up on her fighting skills. This seems to last for a few chapters before this is thrown to the way side when most of the courts get together for a meeting about the upcoming war. At this point we went from the sisters’ plot to the war plot with all of these new characters again. I do have to say I enjoyed seeing all of the leaders of the other courts. I know many people are pretty upset with the new cast because we finally get a book where there are gay and bisexual characters. However, these High Lords are part of the story but not main characters which means them being gay or bisexual doesn’t add a lot to the story. I don’t really care if the characters are gay or bisexual because to me everyone is who they are. I think though that for years people have shamed Maas for on diversity and so she just randomly throws in a few new characters who are mostly in the background and they just happen to be gay or bisexual. Of course to add to this we do find out eventually that Mor is gay and would prefer to fall in love with another female. This was sort of a weird move for Maas to make because Mor is a pretty big secondary character and yet for two and a half books we didn’t know about her being gay. The question becomes was she gay the whole time or did Maas just make her gay when readers demanded more diversity in the sexuality of her characters?!?
I have to say something I did like about this book were the battles. I really enjoyed Feyre’s first taste of war and I loved how she stepped in to help Mor save the summer court earlier on in the book. I also liked seeing how everyone could fight with and without powers on the battle fields. There is a certain beauty to war and battle even though it also involves death and destruction.
However, after that first initial battle Feyre hardly gets anytime to show what she can do. She is suppose to be oh so powerful because she was Made and has power from every High Lord and yet she never gets to use it. She is never really allowed onto another battle field because Rhys won’t permit it. Um what?! Rhys has always told Feyre that he wants her to experience life and learn to her powers and how to battle with them. Yet here we are at WAR for crying out loud and she is never allowed to do anything because she is too precious to Rhys. Why could she battle early on in the book but not when it really counts? I honestly don’t really understand how Feyre is all powerful but not allowed to do anything but nurse people back at the camp. Isn’t this the opposite of what we achieved in the second book?!
My last gripe is that the book literally has WAR in the title (Wings and Ruin) and yet no one dies!!! I was so afraid to finish this book because I thought for sure that someone we really loved, some secondary character, the general of the war perhaps, would die. I honestly was prepared to fall apart at the death of Cassian. I love Cassian with all my heart after Rhys of course and yet he never died. I mean don’t get me wrong I’m happy he didn’t have to die but this is war people! Not a single person ended up dead in the end. Well unless you want to say Amren and Rhys die but don’t even get me started on that. As soon as Rhys was pronounced dead I rolled my eyes! He is our main character and hardly ever does a main character die. I knew they would bring him back. I couldn’t even get upset about his “death” because it felt so fake and stupid. Also he just had to bring Amren back from the dead with him so everyone is safe and sound…. end of book.
This was such a let down. I liked these characters in the first book. I loved these characters in the second book. I sang so much praise for the second book and wanted everyone to stop what they were doing so they could hear me gush. Now I find myself having finished the third book and all I want to do is have someone sit down and listen to me so I can get all this anger off my chest. I’m pretty upset with what went down in this book. There were problems I didn’t even talk about or go in depth with because this review would be a novella. Honestly I feel that someone wrote fanfic for this series and it somehow ended up published with Maas’ name on it. What a disappointment!