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To act as a spy, and to begin plotting revenge, Feyre allows herself to return to the Spring Court with Tamlin and his deceptive priestess, Ianthe. But Feyre will learn to become the wolf, in this and all courts, and especially in the imminent, great battle against Hybern. Unlikely alliances are begrudgingly forged as all courts meet to discuss battle with their great enemy, and surprises abound on the final dramatic battlefield. A Court of Wings and Ruin is the culmination of the great war that has been building up for the last two novels, and the satisfying answer to what the mighty, secret abilities are within ancient beings, including Amren, as well as displaying all the powers that Feyre is truly capable of wielding.
- Why did Tamlin make a deal with Hybern? How did he follow through, and how did he manipulate the deal? With whom did Feyre also make deals and what was their price?
- What did Feyre do to Ianthe (each time) and why? What did she do to Dagdan and Brannagh?
- What is faebane, and what were its effects? How did the High Fae counter it?
- How could Hybern and the fae who followed him see the days before the War of owning slaves as a golden era? How did Hybern encourage this mentality by limiting trade routes and blaming it on the wall? Have any other world leaders created the same mentality in their followers?
- What did Amren and Nesta have in common after the Cauldron?
- Why did Feyre think it was important that she and Rhys showed a solid, unified front before their “family”? What did Rhys think? How was this in contrast to Tamlin, and why did it work better for Feyre?
- How did being High Lady change things versus only being Rhys’s mate? How was it especially different when it came to decisions she made and when she did (or didn’t) choose to let the others know, particularly Cassian, Mor, Amren, and the others? To whom did she belong as a mate, versus a High Lady, and how?
- How is it possible that Feyre had never been to a library before the one in Velaris? Might she have been a little different if she had? How would your life be if you hadn’t been to a library until you were an adult? Who was the library in Velaris a refuge for?
- What was the Bone Carver? To whom was he related?
- What is the Ouroboros and what does it reveal? What can be the effects? Why did the Bone Carver request it of Feyre?
- How was Lucien’s relationship with Jesminda different from the one with Elain? What happened between Elain and Graysen?
- How is it possible for someone to take the Cauldron’s essence, to pillage from it? Who did it?
- What decides two people being mates? Is it always a perfect match? Can it be rejected/do people have a choice about it?
- What did Amren used to be?
- How had Nephelle’s small wing size saved her and Miryam? What lesson does this illustrate?
- What did the Cauldron do to Elain?
- What was the unexpected surprise about Lucien and his mother?
- What made Jurian decide to trust Feyre? How did he help her?
- What things did Tamlin do for the Night Court, for Feyre?
- Which characters surprised Feyre during the battle by appearing to help? Which ones were lost?
"Night Court" Blueberry Lemon Muffins Recipe
For breakfast in the Night Court at the House of Wind, Cassian, Azriel, Feyre, and Nesta had muffins of blueberry-lemon. This is also a great representation of the Night Court, and the way light and dark live in each of them, sweet and tart, in balance, and under control.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or sour cream), at room temperature
- 2 cups, plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups fresh blueberries, stems removed
- Zest and juice (about 4 tablespoons) of 2 large lemons
- Preheat your oven to 350° F. In the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed, cream together the sugar, lemon zest, and butter. In a separate bowl, sift together two cups of flour and the baking powder. In another bowl place the blueberries, and gently fold in the two teaspoons of flour until all berries are coated. Be sure to do this gently either by hand or with a soft rubber spatula or spoon so the berries aren’t crushed.
- When the sugars and butter are combined, add the two eggs to the bowl, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract, lemon juice, and Greek yogurt (or sour cream). Stop the mixer to scrape down the insides of the bowl. Turn the speed back on to low and slowly add the flour mixture in three to four installments. When all ingredients are combined, use a spoon or rubber spatula to gently fold in the blueberries; do not use a mixer or it will smash the berries.
- Into two paper-lined cupcake tins, drop the batter and fill each cup two-thirds of the way. Bake for 18–20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean of raw batter. Makes 16 muffins.
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The next book in this series is A Court of Frost and Starlight. Sarah J. Maas also has another series that begins with the Throne of Glass.
The Ouroboros is reminiscent of the Mirror of Erised in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Other fantasy books that involve magic battles are The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, beginning with Wizard’s First Rule, as well as The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
The Weaver in the Wood and a few other characters are similar to those in Patricia McKillip’s In the Forests of Serre, about a man who encounters a witch and a curse in the magic woods, and strikes a deal to which he is bound.
- “I am the High Lady of the Night Court...There’s no such thing as a High Lady… There is now.”
- “Elain had always been gentle and sweet—and I had considered it a different sort of strength. A better strength. To look at the hardness of the world and choose, over and over, to love, to be kind.”
- “You did not fit—the mold that they shoved you into. The path you were born upon and forced to walk...and then the path changed...I know what it is to be that way.”
- “You’re my equal, and as much as that means having each other’s backs in public, it also means that we grant each other the gift of honesty. Of truth.”
- “As his mate, you were still his to protect...he’s yours to protect too. I would have laid down my life for you...as his friend. But you were his...As High Lady, you are mine. And Azriel’s and Mor’s and Amren’s. You belong to all of us, and we belong to you.”
- “Why should I be scared of an oversized bat who likes to throw temper tantrums?”
- “This is war. Wed don’t have the luxury of good ideas—only picking between bad ones.”
- “What came out was not what went in...How lovely she is—new as a fawn and yet ancient as the sea.”
- “Looking at her now...She was pale, yes. The vacancy still glazing her features. But he couldn’t breathe as she faced him fully. She was the most beautiful female he’d ever seen.”
- “When I sleep, I can hear your heart beating through the stone. Can you hear mine?”
- “Only Nesta would not just conquer death—but pillage it.”
- “A messenger—and soldier-assassin. For a wrathful god who ruled a young world.”
- “I will never be happy about any if these terms, but… My father wins, Eris wins, all the males like them win if I let it get to me. If I let it impact my joy, my life.”
- “What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”
- “The world should know how good you are Rhysand—how wonderful all of you are...You are selfless, and brave, and kind. You are more than I ever dreamed for myself.”
- “Night triumphant—and the Stars Eternal.”
- “It’s so much harder when enemies turn into friends. And the opposite, I suppose. What didn’t I see? What did I overlook or dismiss? It always makes me reassess myself more than them.”
- “Success in battle, Cassian had told me...was often decided not by numbers, but by picking where to fight.”
- “Another rule of war, knowing when to pick your battles could be equally as important as where you fought them.”
- “Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”
- “What can I do? Stay...stay...until the end.”
- “Leave this world a better place than how you found it.”
- “I did not let you do anything. You are your own person, you make your own choices. But we are mates—I am yours, and you are mine. We do not let each other do things, as if we dictate the movements of each other.”
- “Do not get distracted. Do not linger. You are a warrior, and warriors know when to pick their fights.”
- “I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have...the wait was worth it. I believe that everything happened, exactly the way it had to,,, so I could find you.”\
- “Be happy Feyre.”
- “Thank you. I hope you find happiness too.”
© 2018 Amanda Lorenzo
Pam Lorenzo on June 08, 2018:
Great read. I couldn't put it down. Thanks for the questions and the recipe.
Naude Lorenzo on June 07, 2018:
A faithful follower of this cup cakes recipe, love to read a good book and have a perfect recipe, a very good combination, love it.