My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
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.
I have and always will love Sarah J. Maas’ work. She breaks barriers with adding themes that we matter to our every day world: he for she, LGB love, upper vs. lower class.
In ACOMAF, we last see Feyre returning to Tamlin’s court. For every Rhys and Feyre fan this left you at the edge of your seat. Feyre must figure out Tamlin’s true position in the war with Hybern, and try to destroy his army and credibility with the Spring Court people. Once she has played her position well, she can return to the Night Court, with now Lucien in tow. Feyre doesn’t realize through her own blindness of hatred that by mitigating Tamlin’s army, she has left his court vulnerable to Hybern, whom swiftly acts on the opportunity and stations troops in the Spring Court for the oncoming war.
Feyre returns to the Night Court to find Elain, her sweet lovable sister, has become withdrawn and depressed from her experience in Hybern, and Nesta has become a wrathful terror to all. Feyre must try to mend her relationship with her sisters while also aiding them into adapting to their forever changed life, while also training with Cassian, Rhys, and Azriel. With the looming war, alliances must be made with former enemies. Betrayal strikes the sides hard when some people must choose to play ally to both sides, in order to benefit their true allegiance, even if it means putting their own life on the line. The war inevitably asks the question: Do we fight for the lesser Fae and humans who can’t defend themselves while risk losing our men and possibly our own lives, or do we allow a corrupt ruler to wipe out the weak to live in a world where only the strongest and highest have a voice?
Feyre must lead the way and bring the many courts together to prove to them that the war is worth fighting, and in the midst she learns to overcome her personal fears and accept what she must do to protect her court, friends, family, and the humans. This step truly brings her character to its full strength and becomes her title, the High Lady of the Night Court.
Being the second time reading this, I was able to follow the plot twists easier and discover these wonderful themes that are highly relevant to our modern word that Maas so fantastically presented in a fantasy setting.
What’s more, reading this series in preparation for its sequel’s release next month, I found I was able to break through a bout of depression having experienced lately with the death of my grandmother. In middle school, I read the Harry Potter series to escape the world of bullying that attacked me daily. Had it not been for those books, I would probably not be here today. But when my grandmother died, even Harry Potter couldn’t provide me an escape. Perhaps it was because in middle school I was reading the books for the first time as they were published. I felt myself experiencing that same glooming pit of despair after my grandmother died. I wasn’t able to pick up a new book in a series to read. Nor was I able to write my own aspiring novels to escape in the worlds I have created within them. But I found motivation to refresh myself with the ACOTAR series prior to the 4th book’s release and discovered that it was exactly the world I needed to find escape. I could escape into this wonderful fantasy world of love and war to forget my feelings and find healing. Perhaps while reading about Feyre finding healing of her heart I was able to heal my own. Sorry if that sounds cliché.
Wow, I am truly at a loss for words, Sarah J. Maas. First, thank you for keeping me at the edge of my seat every day. Also, thank you for the 5 hours of sleep a night before I worked a 12 hour shift. This book haunted my dreams and thoughts every moment it wasn’t in my hand! 2018 cannot come soon enough.
I will honestly say I loved the ending. The war I will not give too many details so as not to spoil, but oh my goodness. Very well written and described. The scenes were so thoroughly described it was almost as if it was a movie in my head. Which brings me to my never ending request, can we please make this series a movie? I understand love scenes would have to be omitted or made a little less graphic as described, but seriously. Theo James would be the perfect Rhys. Cara Delivigne = Mor. Evana Lynch = Elain. Robert Carlysle = Feyre’s dad. Kellan Lutz = Cassian.
I really like how Maas built off of Feyre and Rhys’s mating bond. Up until the last maybe quarter of the book I was hating Tamlin. I still do not like him, however he did something that was very surprising and generous for his character at the end.
This book I found myself gasping, covering my eyes, blushing, crying (really Maas? p. 666?! awful number, awful page), and of course squealing. I wish she would’ve contributed something to the mating bond now between Elain and Lucien. Instead, the book basically omits him besides the very beginning and very end. Are they or are they not going to try to build a relationship from this bond? If not, then give Azriel a relationship with Elain, dammit!
Now I have to wait until 2018 for two Sarah J. Maas books that are probably going to murder my heart.
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