Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Published by Recorded Books on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult
Format: Audio Book
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the number-one New York Times best-selling 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 among the dazzling and lethal High Lords - and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the number-one New York Times best-selling 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.
Listening Length: 25 hours and 8 minutes
“What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”
The conclusion of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses tied many threads together while leaving some dangling. The novel picks up right after the events of the previous novel, with Feyre back at the Spring Court. As war looms, Feyre must find a way to save Prythian and make it back home to the man she loves. The story was exciting, fun, and full of hot sexy times, but didn’t compare to A Court of Mist and Fury.
Like with book 2, I listened to the audiobook. I was a bit disappointed to see that this book would have a new narrator, but I shouldn’t have been. Amanda Leigh Cobb did a wonderful job narrating this story. She changed her voice for the different characters, and their individual personalities were able to shine through. Not only that, but Cobb read the novel in such a way that I felt as if the events were happening before me.
One of the many things I enjoyed about this book was the number of characters (new and old) present in the story. This helped make Prythian seem like the large place it is, as well as brought back characters not seen in a while. On top of all that, Maas also introduced some new characters to love or hate. This really made the war feel like a huge threat to the land and its people and left me wondering as a listener if everyone would survive by book’s end. Another aspect of the story I really enjoyed was Cassian and Nesta’s romance. I really loved the slow burn of it and thought it was handled really well. I hope to see more of them in a spin-off series or something.
One aspect of the story I didn’t particularly like was how Tamlin’s character seemed to be vilified. I never liked him too much as a character and thought he was a bit controlling, but I never viewed him as a villain. I wish Feyre and Rhys could have gotten together without destroying Tamlin’s characterization. Another aspect of the book I didn’t like was how other characters were also changed from who we’ve come to know them as. I don’t want to spoil, but someone I really loved got a complete overhaul as the explanation for some of their actions. It’s not the reveal so much, as that there were no seeds planted in the earlier two books, making this reveal come from left field.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. However, there was a bit too much filler that could have been cut out and felt unnecessary. I also am not too happy with how things ended and felt it was a bit unrealistic for the series. There were problem characters, like Feyre’s sister Elaine, whose character development was boring and too slow. She felt like a wasted character, and I don’t feel as if her story was completed. Maybe SJM plans to do spin-off books or novellas to tie up the remaining loose ends, or maybe not. Either way, I don’t feel like we’ve seen the last of these characters or Prythian.