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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
I can't believe this is the end of the trilogy - I feel like I just started the books! And I know that there's a new book coming out in February 2021, but that's really going to be the beginning of a new trilogy since it won't be from Feyre's perspective. So in only a few books, Maas has created a fantasy world, changed my relationship hopes for characters, fought off two major dictators, and created a happy ending. Well done, Maa, well done. So, what did I think of Wings and Ruin...
It's actually so funny to think that only two books ago I was rooting for Feyre and Tamlin. That hope is completely blown out of the water in Mist and Fury and replaced by my profound hope that Rhysand and Feyre find their happy ending. Rhysand is the male character you constantly hope to see in a romantic lead: his is passionate without being controlling, patient without being patronizing, and seriously hot. This book just reiterates over and over how Rhysand sees Feyre as his partner: someone for him to rely on while still providing a safe place for her. Are their sex scenes a bit too much for YA? Absolutely. Do I love them as a couple and would point to them as evidence of a healthy relationship? 100%.
Well Written Battles (and I usually don't like those!)
So this is really random for me, but I really appreciated how Maas writes her battles. I normally skim through these moments in books because they hold so little interest for me, but Maas does a great job following so many different characters that it forces you to pay attention to ensure that the character you love stays alive! I particularly loved reading about Cassian fight (and it doesn't hurt that we get to see Nesta's softer side while she also watches him to make sure he stays safe). The final battle against King Hybern is perfect because of how surprising it is in terms of how he actually dies. I couldn't ask for more than that.
Lots of Trauma
There is a lot of trauma in this series as different characters try to heal at different points. Beyond physical trauma that characters like Cassian and Azriel need to recover from, the mental trauma that so many of these characters are dealing with is so important to read. Each of them responses to violence against them different: Elain shuts down, Nesta hardens, and Tamlin rages against the world. My heart breaks for every character in a different way because they are all dealing with their trauma differently. The hardest part is that there is never a guarantee that they will fully heal. So while I dislike Tamlin in his relationship with Feyre, I think it's so important to note that he is clearly also dealing with his past and doesn't have the support that she does (or isn't willing to accept the support) to heal from what has happened to him and the loss of control he experienced. I just hope that these three characters in particular find a happy ending as some point.
Overall, this was a great end to a trilogy. I couldn't believe how quickly I fell in love with these characters and this world. I'm so excited to read the novella next and then Nesta and Cassian's story in 2021 (February can't come fast enough!). I'd recommend this series to anyone who has loved other SJ Maas books, is a fan of Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black or Cassandra Clare, or is just looking for an interesting fantasy series (that is definitely New Adult, not Young Adult).
What do you think of the ACOTAR trilogy? Did you like this ending?
FINAL RATING: 5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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