In A Court of Wings and Ruin, we start back in the Spring Court, following the high octane finish to book two, where Feyre makes a deal to return with Tamlin (who is still under the misguided notion that Feyre belongs to him), in order to secure the freedom of her family and friends.
Obviously this is never going to last, but we get some interesting insight into the bad guy’s side before Feyre returns to the Night Court, along with a surprising companion. I have to say I found the beginning a bit slow and predictable, and wanted to get back to the Night Court to see what was going on there. But once we make it back, the addition of Feyre’s sisters in the court adds a great dynamic, along with the males vying for their attention. The relationship between Cassius and her oldest sister is particularly good, heightened by the fact we only get snippets due to Feyre’s first person narration.
We’re at the business end in book three, and, true to the high fantasy sword-wielding genre, it’s all about securing allies, working out how to achieve their ultimate end, and fighting the final battle. And these elements did not disappoint, along with a couple of twists and turns along the way, and a great redemption arc for a certain character.
Book three nicely brings together all the loose ends from the rest of the trilogy, with the outcome you’d want, and enough scars to make things interesting for future installments, even if some of it was a bit predictable. The only thing I was a bit dubious about was the way Feyre’s father was utilised – this felt extremely simplistic and convenient, without adding a great deal to the story, which I thought was a missed opportunity.
But, generally, another good read from Mass, in an interesting world, with exciting magic, and I mostly loved it.