Okay. I can’t even. This book is so good!
How do I move on from this?
How do I read anything else?
What is literature?
Okay. Trying to get a grip on my emotions, now.
The story picks up a few weeks after acomaf and Fayre does not disappoint with the task at hand. Ruining Tamlin’s court. Rhysand is as wonderful and supportive as ever but whats most fascinating is that Sarah J Maas manages to juggle so many different storylines altoether. Never once failing to gives appropriate depth to various individual characters all the while introducing more! She is the real queen. All hail!
Now that we’ve established that I have no control over my emotions whatsoever and established the foundation of just the kind of review this is going to be (ehem biased cough), I want to get a few facts straight.
Sarah J Maas is a phenomenal story teller. ACOTAR is a problematic series and it’s not for everyone. Since the series progresses from Young Adult (ACOTAR) to New Adult (ACOMAF and ACOWAR), there are a lot of detailed sex scenes that you should keep in mind before picking this up. If sex scenes are not something you’re comfortable reading, I would suggest that you stay away from these and read Throne Of Glass by the same author. Another epic fantasy series with a strong female lead.
Back to Rhysand.
She manages to make me fall more in love with the High Lord (I didn’t think that such a feat was even possible) and also with so many other lovable alternatives (which I absolutely will not consider at all while my dream of Rhysand is alive) like Tarquin, Azriel, Cassian, and Helion and on and on. Ehem.
I did not have a single speck of doubt that this story would be amazing and boy did it not disappoint. Congratulations to Sarah on her first ever finale (of sorts) and I hope the next book will be about Azriel.
Please! I’m desperate, here.
That’s all I’ll say about the book and it’s writing. I know I’m not making much sense and at this point and I don’t even care.
Here are all the things that I loved about the book:
And oh so many details! I loved how the courts seemed in my mind and boy if I don’t need one of you smart sketches out there to make fan art.
As you can see, I have my favorite theme palettes on the left. They’re so gorgeous and they perfectly capture the vibes that all the courts give in the books.
To be honest, the hippie side of me is all for the Autumn court. Sorry, Rhysand.
Bad ass bitch with so much sass that not even Celaena (from Throne of Glass) would stand a chance against her in a battle of wits.
Nesta and Cassian were so cute in the bonus ACOMAF except that Sarah wrote for the Target edition and I was really glad to see where it went and how it reached there. I want more, through.
He’s SO cute int his book, it’s unbelievable.
I loved his interactions with Nesta and getting to know more about his back story with Mor.
I’m in love. Need I say more? Love love love love love.
A certain character who successfully overcomes a set of stigmas placed along them due to their actions in the past. Ehem.
All the while, not making excuses for what they did.
Don’t even get me started or I’ll drop spoilers.
Including Amren. I’m so excited for her. The other monsters were given character and boy what a character they had.
About Amren. Even though the group doesn’t trust Amren with the Book of Breathings, she continues to translate it in ACOWAR. Her story takes on an exiting turn by the end of this book and I can’t wait to see what happen next. Probably her own novella? I feel like she’s one of the mystery characters in the series and I would love to get to know more about her.
A certain human who was in captivity for an extended period of time.
Who would have guessed that I would come to actually love this character’s involvement in the story line? I was honestly shook to encounter the turn of events and couldn’t believe how I didn’t see it coming. I always thought that this characters behavior was odd but I never was able to put a finger on it.
Gosh, the web of lies.
I don’t care if half the fandom disagrees. That one part about her back story made me tear up. I do wish she would tell Az but I completely understand why she thinks she can’t. She’s such a complex character. If you thought that her partial back story in ACOMAF was too much, wait till you get to know the full extent of it.
Not to say that Morrigan is innocent in all of this or (being 500+ years old) not a master of her own actions but we have to keep in ming all the things that she went through. I can’t imagine how I would’ve acted in her position and I think that the fact that she’s still fighting and acknowledging her shortcomings is commendable in my opinion.
Feyre and Rhysand’s relationship.
I cannot stress this enough. The most exemplary relationship in YA.
I love how supportive they are of each other. Love how none of them think that they are more important than the other and how they give each other the space to make their own choices.
I can’t even.
Rhysand, where you at?
I need you in my life.
The diverse characters.
What a breath of fresh air it was to discover that so many LGBTQ characters also exist in this universe. Showcasing love and acceptance and yet not ignoring the stigma. Well done, Sarah.
Was it partial fan service? Of course.
Do I care? Nah.
Now moving on to what I didn’t like about this book:
I needed more from Cassian and Nesta.
I will not elaborate on that but you all need to know that there is a special target edition will a Cassian and Nesta excerpt out there where stuff happens! You need to read it before ACOWAR for sure.
Elain and Lucian.
What is happening there? It was all so unsatisfactory. Although I hope that the topic will be dwelled upon in further books.
Something that happens in the end was being foreshadowed in the entire book and that kind of took away the shock of the moment. It still was a fairly dreadful feeling but I do hope that there was less foreshadowing.
Yes, people. This book does comes to an end and only you can prepare yourself for it. I wasn’t prepared and so I’m going to go ahead and read it all over again. That is not to say that the end wasn’t satisfactory in the least bit. Just that when is the movie/TV show adaption coming? I can’t stand it. I need more!
To wait another year for the next installment which is not likely to contain Rhys and his awesomeness… The mere thought sends shudders down my spine.
(Credits to all the artword used in the post goes to the original artist. Source: Pintrest.)