by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3
Release Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Length: 25 Hours 8 Minutes
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
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Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
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.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
*This review does not contain spoilers for ACOWAR, but will contain spoilers for the first two books in the series*
“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”
After I finished A Court of Mist and Fury I was pretty much dying for ACOWAR! The wait seemed SOOOOOO long and then it was finally here and I was so excited! My pre-order copy did not arrive until 4 days after release so I quickly downloaded the Audio and began listening! Once I started I did not want to stop! I just needed to keep going to see what happened next!
ACOWAR picks up shortly after the ending of ACOMAF, Feyre has returned to the Spring Court with Tamlin and is pretending that her mating bond to Rhys does not exist while attempting to dismantle his traitorous court from the inside. I have to confess, that while I found Feyre’s deceit and the trap she laid for Tamlin and Aenthee completely entertaining… I honestly wanted it to be over faster. Yes, the plot needed the time for her trap to be believable, but I just wanted her back with the Night Court! The one positive of the Spring Court was Lucien! I adored him before and I do even more now! The anticipation of him and Elain was killing me ever since the end of ACOMAF!
Once Feyre finally left the Spring Court (and really upon her exit) the pace of the book picked up right away! I loved the adventure of her trying to get home and it lasted just long enough to not become boring or tedious. Once she is reunited with Rhys and the Inner Circle my heart soared!
“Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”
The middle of the book is a lot of building, but I felt it was well paced and enjoyed it all. We see how Nesta and Elain are doing, which is another thing I had been anticipating! We also see how the Inner Circle has recovered. A large part of the middle is spent debating and preparing for the war against Highburne. During this time, we learn A LOT about the other High Lords and their Courts. I found this all so fascinating and intriguing and once again SJM’s world building prevailed! I was especially excited to learn more about my Court – the Dawn Court! (If you’re wondering what court you are take the quiz here ). Each Court and High Lord was so well built and thought out, it was truly amazing and one of my favorite parts of the book!
As well as learning more about the Courts, we also learned more about the Inner Circle. In truth, not as much as I was hoping but enough to make me happy and give me the feels for this group that I love so much! Also, Rhysand and Feyre’s relationship goes to a whole new level of awesome that had me sighing and swooning! I just love these two together!! They have a perfect balance and are a true OTP to me!
“Night Triumphant – and the Stars Eternal.
If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.”
A large portion of the book and the bulk of the ending was the War. Many of us have been preparing for this War with Highburne, we all knew it was coming! And oh boy it was just EPIC! Such an epic battle! I cried, I cringed, I was full of fear, defeat and victory! SJM even threw a few twists in there that I was not expecting! Honestly they blew my mind! All in all the feels that I endured had me so immersed that I could not stop reading… for ANYTHING!
I loved ACOWAR, but I have to be honest for one sec and say that there were a few things that I had been hoping and dreaming about since ACOMAF and they just didn’t happen and I was really disappointed that they didn’t! View Spoiler »I have been so excited for Elain and Lucien and Cassian and Nesta and this entire book produced really nothing between the two couples except some slow burn torture. I really wanted more and that is largely where my disappointment lies. I also wanted to learn more about Azriel and felt we are still largely in the dark about him. « Hide Spoiler My heart still hurts from the disappointment but, from what I have heard, this was an end to Rhysand and Feyre’s story but not and end to this series. There will be more books in a spin off series about other characters that have not been named as of yet. SJM recently did an interview where she said that she “deliberately left a lot of threads open” and hinted at seeing some of these expanded in the future. I certainly hope so because I need more!
Don’t get me wrong… I LOVED ACOWAR! There was so much action, redeemed characters, swoon worthy moments, a lot of answered questions and in the end I was overwhelmed with feels and crying happy tears! I loved it… and as for the things I am still hoping for? I hope SJM brings it for the future books because I cannot wait!! Like literally… I cannot wait.. when exactly is the next book?
“I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one part that i do not love with everything I am.”
Have you read ACOWAR yet?
Have you read ACOTAR or ACOMAF?