Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Also in this series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Also by this author: Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
***Warning: There will be spoilers that are beyond my control. If you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses you have been warned!
“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.”
Hmm. I’m not sure if my first review since November should be about this book but I have so much to
fangirl talk about! I was originally planning on reading this once I got home from BEA but hearing reactions from my friends that were currently reading it made me change my mind and bump it up on my TBR. And I’m so glad I did. ACoMaF blew me away. I could say it was the writing. I could say it was the adventure. But let’s be honest. While those things made me keep reading, it was the ultimately the relationship between Feyre and Rhysand that kept me glued to the pages. While I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum I will say that ACoMaF is not a love triangle. No. If anything, ACoMaF is an evolution of Feyre’s destiny that just so happens to align in Rhys’s path.
“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
He picked up his glass, his gaze so piercing that I wondered why I had bothered blushing at all for Tarquin. Rhys clinked his glass against mine.
“To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.”
Rhysand is not a character that you love at first sight. Sure, the intrigue is there but let’s be honest; Rhys was kind of a dick in ACoTaR. That’s kind of what makes the moments between Feyre and Rhys so rife with tension. As the story progresses it becomes almost impossible to not feel the anticipation of what you know deep down in your heart (and your pants) is going to happen. If I can be a little crass, Rhys gave me a serious case of lady blue balls. And then he would make my heart feel things and gah it was lovely. Seriously, I’m all about that slow burn and SJM made it burn for 626 pages.
But I have to say all Rhysand’s possible misgivings (the things you think you knew about him) pale in comparison to reality of Tamlin. Tamlin is the worst and I hate him. I hate him. I hate him. I’m not sure if he can ever come back from the things that he’s done/is but I am curious to see how that will play out. Part of me regrets not doing a re-read of ACoTaR prior to reading this because I really didn’t have the foresight to see the writing that was most definitely on the wall.
“But I forgot to tell him,” I said quietly, opening the door, “that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key.”
Aside the epic change of heart I had for Rhysand and Tamlin, one thing about this series has remained the same is my girl crush on Feyre. The romance does play a huge part in this series but I think just mentioning that and failing to comment on how badass Feyre’s personal journey in this would bastardize just what is so great about this series to begin with. Feyre’s pretty dark and twisty after the events that took place in ACoTaR. It would be so easy to see her just give up and resign herself to her new reality but she doesn’t. I think that’s part of why I love SJM’s books (Throne of Glass, etc.) because she doesn’t shy away from strong female characters.
The only things I really wish to say are that this book is REALLY long. As in, I listened to the audiobook at 2x speed and I swear, I only got about 4% in. I had to switch to the kindle version, and it still took me 3 days of reading. But that was 3 days that I was reading in cars, bars, during BEA lines, and dinners. Had I been home, I might have read at a faster pace. But because it was so long it was also very detailed.
Also, if you can do a re-read of ACoTaR. You don’t necessarily have to (there are recaps throughout) but it REALLY puts into perspective when things about Tamlin, Rhysand, Feyre, etc. play out. It’s really these little details that kind of make you question how you missed it playing out.
And last but not least, this is not YA. I know it’s not necessarily marketed as such but I do understand the confusion as it was released by Bloomsbury USA Children. And SJM’s other series is YA and also released by the same publisher. But there is nothing young about this story, if you catch my drift. Basically, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under 16.
But because it was so not a young adult, it made it REALLY good. In fact, I wouldn’t mind a novella of just steamy scenes because OMG.
ACoMaF was everything I never knew I wanted. I have read a few books since I finished this past weekend and nothing has compared. It left quite the impression and I am not looking forward to the almost year long weight for the final installment.