Why the Courts Deserve More than ACOWAR from Sarah J Maas
19th July, 2017
I enjoyed the first two books in the series, A Court of Rose and Thorns and A Court of Mist and Fury. I had some problems with the way certain ideas (like consent) were presented in the books. But I admit both were enjoyable reads because the pacing and the world building made up for the shortcomings. I was eager to see how the series would end and that is the only reason I read the third book till the end.
This review will be a short, bulleted one. When ACOWAR begins, Feyre is in the Spring Court and she has to find a way back home to her loved ones.
A Court of Wings and Ruins has been creating a lot of hype on social media ever since the cover was revealed. The cover is a pretty one, but the novel is everything that is not pretty. Here are a few points that made me cringe:
- People are just ‘talking’. All the time! The novel begins on a serious note with the war but all the characters seem to be just talking all the time, mainly to give the readers a back story. They did not seem so worried about war or even care to fight it.
- Mor’s sexuality seemed so forced and awkward as if the author wanted to include something diverse after writing the book and thought this was her best option. And what’s more? This is supposed to be a ‘plot twist.’
- Feyre and Rhys are too horny. Why are these two people having sex when a war is going on?
- One more point about being too horny. Feyre meets Rhys after a long, arduous journey and it seems so odd that before drinking water or coffee or even asking one another about the perils on the way they jump into bed. Who has the energy for sex of the kind described in the book after a tiring day?
- The pace is extremely slow. I read the book on a Kindle. The only time the book seemed interesting was between 45% to 60% of the book. But as I said before, I really wanted to know how things end because I liked the first two books.
- This book is still marketed as a Young Adult (YA) book even though almost every blogger/reviewer has vouched for this series to be categorised as New Adult (NA) because of the explicit sex scenes.
The novel did have a few good aspects but their lustre was deeply diminished because of the above reasons. I think I should have stopped at the first two books. I don’t think I would read the companion novels coming out either. I would recommend the first two books, but definitely not this one. If you are confused about picking up the earlier novels this might be useful : ACOTAR and ACOWAR – To Read or not to Read.
Title : A Court of War and Ruin
Author : Sarah J Maas
Publisher : Bloomsbury
Expected Publication: 2017
Language : English
Pages : 699
Rating : 2/5
Did you enjoy the series? Which was your favourite book?