Trigger Warnings: Blood; Death; Emotionally abusive relationship (past, referenced); Rape (past, referenced); Sex scenes; Violence; War
In the third instalment of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, everything tied together perfectly at the end, yet I felt that at times during the first/middle parts, it wasn’t as gripping as I thought it would be. I don’t know if this is more to do with me (I typically find Sarah J. Maas books quite difficult to read in places), or the book, but I did find that I was enjoying it without actually feeling gripped to read another chapter. However, the last 100-150 pages did make up for this, to the point where I begrudgingly had to stop reading at 11:20pm – I didn’t think I’d be able to squeeze in another 25 pages before I fell asleep!!
My journey with this book was a bit stop-start, as I took a break from reading it when I was completing my Murder Most Unladylike Challenge earlier this month and July. So when I did return to it on the 8th August, it did take me a couple of days and chapters to re-familiarise myself with the characters and the plot. But once I got back into this book, I did really enjoy it, and all the battles and twists that came with it.
Once again, Sarah J. Maas has crafted a book where she has dropped clues throughout it, and then wrapped everything up at the end. Especially in this book, she presents the answer to a problem before the problem is even posed to us as readers, then just when you’ve forgotten about the solution, she wraps everything up perfectly. This is done in a way that made me wonder why I never thought of it before.
I am looking forward to reading A Court of Frost and Starlight, which is the next book in this series. As it is smaller (around 230ish pages), I might find it a bit easier to read (and quicker too!). I do love it how each Sarah J. Maas book in a series exactly carries onto the next. It makes it seem like we are really going on an adventure with the characters, and we are outsiders, viewing their journeys with them.
As much as I do really like Sarah J. Maas books, I would probably recommend them more towards older readers who are prepared for a long, and in places difficult read. I say older readers as the battles/fights are quite gruesome in places (it is described how people are killed/how injuries are attained), and romance is always a running theme throughout her books. For me, I found the Throne of Glass series easier to read than this series, but I still really enjoyed both. As one of the first ‘proper’ YA series that I read was Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas’ books will always be really special to me.
Overall, I did enjoy A Court of Wings and Ruin. While A Court of Thorns and Roses still remains my overall favourite in this series, that does not detract from how cleverly put together this book was. It was interesting to read, and to see tension building up from every angle, until the explosive last section.
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