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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.

©2017 Sarah J. Maas (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Great book, slightly jarring narrator switch.

I am only giving the performance 4/5 because the change in narrator from the last 2 books is jarring for the first bit. You get used to and I then realized this narrator is also great and it was only the change that threw me a little.

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Siri, is that you?

The story is absolutely amazing, but the performance horrible. You might as well ask Siri to read it. Would not recommend.

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Wings and ruin

I was so sad that they went with a different narrator for this book. It just wasn't the same. but the story was worth it. I haven't had so many good cries in a long time from a story.

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Terrible Narrator

The whiny narrator ruins the story completely. The way she reads sounds like she is surprised by every word and the pitch is just nails on a chalk board. If you want to enjoy please read it yourself. It is unbearable.

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Made me want to cry and laugh

I enjoyed the whole trilogy very much, the narrator switch was jarring at first. but after a bit I got used to it and I wasn't bothered at all. there were some points in the story I thought were overly convenient. But I am glad all my favorite characters survived.

I wanted to cry in some parts and laugh and cheer in others. I was at work though so massive restraint lol. wish I could forget I read it if only to read it again anew.

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A perfect balance of action/romance

I like this series overall, but it is not for everyone, its faulty and it has a lot of gaps, sone characters dont make sense and some actions either so if you are looking for realism, well I dont recommend this book(or any fantasy book for that matter). If you are however, looking for a nice fantasy romance with a magic twist, I highly recommend it. I LOVED THIS BOOK through and through, my favorite part was all the action it had and all the careful planning and strategy. The switch in narrators was unexpected and unwelcomed at first but the narrator grows on you, if you can endure it for a little bit (its very annoying for the first chapters but then its ok, and by the end you love her)

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tears just tears

it was a great ending to feyre and rhysand. i preferred the last narrator personally

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Love every word of it

One of my all time favourite series, such a masterpiece. Totally worth the read, I’ve reread the series several times

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Entertaining

This book was entertaining and enjoyable. It kept me very distracted during the covid-19 lockdown.

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Great story, previous narrator was better.

I accidentally stumbled upon this series and really enjoyed the first 2 books. The storyline and plot of this book was really enjoyable as well, but the narrator wasn’t as talented as the one who did the first two books. It was rather disappointing, as it detracted from the enjoyment of listening to this audiobook.

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  • JP
  • 2017-05-04

Jennifer Ikeda declined to continue with theseries

I contacted Recorded books Inc. and they said via email that Jennifer Ikeda decline to continue with the series. :(

I don't like the new narrator, but we may have no choice to get used to her.

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  • Savannah R. Brake
  • 2017-05-17

Beyond changing the narrator

Well I'm just completely disappointed.

We waited so long for this glorious extension of a story that has cradled our souls and birthed fireflies in our bellies with excitement to be dragged through the mud grinding down our flesh and bones on glass and mud to end in a puddle of acid. That's how disappointing it is to me.
The story sags and is padded with unnecessary 'the considerable length of him' and 'my heavy throbbing breast.' It really doesn't hold a candle to SJM's TOG series. The adult content while well written feels like filler content and forced excitement instead of true literature. I get the feeling that Jennifer Ikeda probably read through the first 3 sex scenes and said "dude, you're really shoving it down their throats huh?" So, maybe that's why we have a new narrator. Whom I think did a great job but yeah how fucked up is it to hear theses characters one way and the third book is completely different. I also get the feeling that SJM read way too many of her teen fans' tweets and instagram posts begging her and she said fuck it, I've got this other story to write might as well give these turds what they want.

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  • Kase Johnstun
  • 2017-05-02

Loved it, despite new narrator (give her a chance)

I'll admit, I had a difficult time getting into this one (but loved it none-the-less). The new narration was just so different from Jennifer Ikeda -- for Feyre and Rhysand particularly. However, about a quarter of the way through, I was over it and just enjoying the story itself. Cobb did a really amazing job with the thrilling last half of the book in particular. Knowing that we have some character-focused novellas and novels coming up in the series, I know she'll do a great job with them (she nailed Cassian, Nesta, Amren, and Mor, I thought). looking forward to more Maas books narrated by Cobb (or Ikeda should she come back to the series). The fandom should definitely not fear this one. It's a great listen!

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  • Jill
  • 2019-05-14

I had mixed feelings

A court of Wings and Ruin is book 3 of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

After absolutely loving book 2, A Court of Mist and Fury, I started A Court of Wings and Ruin within minutes of finishing the other.

Some random thoughts, in no particular order:

Probably because I read the books back to back, I was able to notice some continuity issues that I wouldn't have otherwise noticed. But there were several instances when things just didn't seem to flow correctly with either a plot line or a characters' behavior. Also, one thing that continued to bother me through this book and the prior book was the time references not adding up or making sense. For people who are centuries or in some cases millennia old, a year or two or even ten or fifty years is really not that long of a time frame. Sure it sucks for something bad to have happened for any extended time period, but in the grand scheme of things, it isn't that long. Freshly coming off of a 50 year nightmare is understandable for them to still be upset and processing, but what about those things that happened 500 years ago that are still a central issue of pain and despair? That doesn't make sense. A lot of "childhood" things should be able to be left in the past by then.

This book had a lot of filler. I caught myself skimming a few times.

Amren was very different in book 3 than she was in book 2. I know it was to setup a specific storyline for her in this book, but the character departure was a bit too extreme. She went from a solid, badass, protective, and dependable 2nd to Rhys to being a rude shut in who couldn't do anything or see anything beyond her project of deciphering the book.

Mor has a "big" secret that she has kept from the group/family for centuries but finally confided in Feyre. Yet the secret isn't really a big deal and her group would totally understand and be fine with it. Yet by keeping the secret and not opening up about it, she is causing actual harm to one of the others. And this group considers each other to be a family. Totally not cool and it really just didn't fit or make sense for her to do that. If nothing else, she should had told Azriel. But the fact that she felt she couldn't tell any of them did not make sense.

I hated Nesta. Like a lot. I couldn't stand her. The fact that she was a central character throughout, just didn't do it for me. Besides, I wasn't really a big fan of Elain and Nesta being changed by the cauldron or that being the direction the story went. Then sweet Elain took her heartbreak of her not being able to get married to that jerk a bit too far and it annoyed me. Get over yourselves because the world as you know it is pretty much about to come to an end and your sister, her mate, and their family are all putting their lives on the line to save you ungrateful brats and the humans.

I loved Azriel and Cassian and Rhys and Feyre. I liked seeing all of the monster/god type characters that were brought in. They were cool. I was so upset about what happened with the Suriel. I loved what happened with the Weaver and Ianthe.

Overall, I love their little family. A family you choose is often better than the family you are born into. Their friendship, love, loyalty, and respect, is EVERYTHING. I adore them all. By the end, I was even tolerating Nesta and Elain.

I have enjoyed this series up until now but as this book pretty much wrapped up the big conflict and war, I do not feel a pressing need to continue to the next book. I think I am good to end here and move on. Maybe I will read the next book sometime but my attention is straying in other directions. Besides, ending here allows me to dream up what happens with the characters from here.

Audible:I added the whispersync audible narration to this kindle book. The narrator was fine. She was easy to listen to and understand but I didn't really care for her voices. I think reading this one is probably more rewarding.

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  • Kiyah
  • 2017-07-17

Mixed review

I returned the book Bc of the voice narration but I later repurchased it and was able to deal with it.

It was a good book but entirely too long for what the ending ended up being. I feel like the beginning and middle were sooooooo drawn out but the end was quickly wrapped up with so many questions unanswered. I'm assuming that many many story lines weren't tied up or answered Bc there is another book coming out....?

I wish they worked on the ending more and honestly I've become more interested in the other characters than the main ones lol. If there is a another book in the series I look forward to more development in some characters

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  • Amanda
  • 2017-05-03

Not that bad!!

After seeing these reviews, I was really scared to listen to this. I loved the first 2 books SO MUCH! Jennifer Ikeda ruled. Why the switch!? I wish she had kept going, and I don't know why they chose someone new, but honestly? Once I got over being pissed off, it wasn't that bad! I mean, Amanda is no Jennifer, but I think she did her best. The characters were good. Lucien's brothers were fantastically evil. I just miss the overall tone of Jennifer as Feyre. I felt like I got to know her, and now it was like a completely different person.

And since this book is over 25 hours long, how were people writing reviews THE FIRST DAY IT CAME OUT!? I don't think half those people even gave the new narrator a chance. They couldn't have had the time to listen to it. So. I admit, it took a while for her to find her stride, I think, but once I got past my initial shock and dismay, and I started listening to the story itself? I was still interested, and I was still moved.

Chapter 44 - with all the high lords? And that scene with the cliff? Oh - and Lord Grayson scene with Elaine???? Come on. It was good. Admit it. Of course, you have to listen that far.

It probably sucks to step into such a popular series, so I say job well done -- even if I wish Jennifer was still doing it....

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  • Kara
  • 2017-05-02

Change narrator! PLEASE!!!!!!

This is by far my favorite series of all time. I will probably re listen to the first 2 books and only read the last book. I am SO disappointed that they changed the narrator for the last book. it honestly shouldn't be allowed in book series...... PLEASE RE DO THIS!!!!

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  • Bookish Gal
  • 2017-05-13

Narrator Change Didn't Ruin It

I loved the first two books in the series and was looking forward to this one when I noticed that the narrator was different. I generally hate when there is a narrator change in a series told from the same perspective, especially if you are binge listening. It tends to be so distracting that it can ruin it. Luckily this narrator sounded almost identical to the previous one and did an equally excellent job. I might not have even known they were different narrators. That being said, it was a great end to a great series, well worth the listen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-05-31

Narration was just as good as the others

Many complaints about a new narrator... I couldn't even tell. As expected, the book was very good.

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  • Mother_of_2_FL
  • 2017-05-25

Good Ending to Story

The story took a lot to build up, but it was Okay. It took awhile to get to the final war. Author uses the word purred too often. It did get to the point of annoying. This book builds more depth in other characters; however, it didn't feel like other characters act like 500 year old fairies or creatures at times. The whole mate thing seems a bit silly, which led to a section that could cut out entirely. The story did have a lot really good action scenes, which few people mentioned in their review. 2nd half is more interesting than first. This story isn't the Lord of Ring good. Some of characters lack depth and are too predictable. The story plot follows the typical good guys fighting the bad guys. There was a lot focus on cheesy romanace that isn't exciting unless you are into that. The story had so much potential to be much more and become more complex with the war, creatures, and different rulers who would have different interests and motives. It does have some of that, but author doesn't go in much depth in that regard.

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