Goodreads rating: 4.7
Date published: May 2nd, 2017 (USA)
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings 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.
☆☆☆☆☆ · 5/5 stars, but it honestly broke the scale for me, just like ACOMAF. Definitely will reread it during this weekend
Warning: this book includes mature content and is not suitable for young readers
This first (short) part will be spoiler-free, and then I’ll get into all my feelings with tons of spoilers. But PLEASEEEE do yourself a favor and read this series so you can discuss it with me. I could write a thousand reviews and still not be able to express how much these books mean to me… so please read them hahaha
I will most likely curse and use a lot of caps, because I just finished it and I am overwhelmed with feelings. Please bear with me…
The characters, as always, were on point. We’re introduced to a ton of new characters, with some diversity – especially sexual. The new characters, great as they might be, literally mean nothing to me compared to the Inner Circle… I live for those six and their interactions, they make me laugh so hard aND I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH
“He would not suspect when I turned them on each other”
The world building is great in this one, as it was in ACOMAF. We are introduced to new places, and they are fucking beautiful as always. This world is honestly so well thought-out and, despite everything bad that goes on, I’d still love to live in it.
Mile after mile. A kingdom of the rotting dead. And still I looked.
As far as the plot goes, let me tell you: this book has so many plot twists, it’s not even funny. I was gasping every other page, SO MANY TWISTS AND TURNS. How does SJM even come up with all of this stuff??? I don’t think I’ve ever read or heard of a book with this many twists and revelations, I was literally mind-blown the whole time.
“When I looked to Ianthe and smiled again, I let a little bit of the wolf show.”
Sarah J. Maas’s writing, yet again, is extremely addicting, I could NOT put this book down. I even read it on the bus, despite the fact that I get car-sick if I read. I didn’t give a shit, I just wanted to know what would happen next. SJM has that power, that ability to hook you and always have you wondering, even after the book ends.
“Cassian’s wings rustled. “Daylight is a precious resource.”
“We live in the Night Court,” Mor countered”
A summary: I HAVE NOT YET RECOVERED FROM THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER THAT THIS BOOK BROUGHT UPON ME AND I DOUBT I EVER WILL
Once again, I recommend this book to everyone. Please, please, PLEASE, pick this series up. You will most definitely NOT regret it, trust me. Even if you don’t like the first book, you will LOVE the other two, for sure!
I hope I was able express my feelings well enough, and that anyone who hasn’t picked up ACOTAR does, because this series is one of the best out there.
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Spoilery section [in which I yell about my feelings]
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So we start off with Feyre SLAYING the role she decided to play in the Spring Court. Tamlin is a FUCKING DUMBASS, as usual, but Lucien – my smol ginger child – knows what’s up.
Also, can we talk about Feyre letting Tamlin think she’s interested in Lucien? Fucking priceless
Then when Feyre has fucked up the entirety of the Spring Court and is about to peace out, #1 bitch Ianthe is trying to get it on with Lucien – against his will. Feyre goes berzerk – I loved every second of her making Ianthe smash her own hand and killing those bitch ass twins – and from then on the beautiful interaction between Feyre and Lucien unravels.
I really loved Lucien in this book, he definitely redeemed himself, and finally found somewhere he feels at home, which warms my heart. I really love Lucien, I have since the beginning. But he needed to fucking stop being Tamlin’s bitch, it was SO UNNERVING TO SEE HIM IN ACOMAF but thankfully he made up for it ♡
“Two Illyrian males making me sweat in one morning. What’s a female to do?”
The honest conversations within the Inner Circle were so great, so heartwarming. And the rest of the conversations were so funny, I kept laughing out loud.
“”It’s no surprise that you’re tardy, given that your own sons were too slow to catch my mate. I suppose it runs in the family.””
The dialogue in this book had me cracking up, even during the meeting about the alliance… Everyone is fucking despicable and hilarious and I loved every second of it.
“”I’ve been to funerals that were merrier,” Nesta muttered.”
Is it just me, or are all of the “hideous and extremely dangerous” beasts all great? I love the Bone Carver, the Weaver, and the Suriel – my main. I couldn’t believe that fucking bitch Ianthe had killed the Suriel. I hope she suffered a TON in the Weaver’s cottage, that bitch. I hate her so much, maybe even more that the king because at least he didn’t hide who he was and what his intentions were – but Ianthe was a fake ass bitch, and she got what she deserved.
I am furious that those three were killed off, because they were all great and they helped a lot and they didn’t deserve it, especially not the Suriel, who was SUCH A GREAT FRIEND to Feyre. Fuck Ianthe. Fuck the king. I hate them all!!
“You belong to all of us, and we belong to you”
I loved to see everyone coming together to fight Hybern and put their differences and their past aside, for the greater good. I was actually proud of everyone, even the ones I hated.
Tamlin redeemed himself, I guess, but his attitude during the meeting was fucked up. He had the nerve to talk about Feyre’s moaning, in front of everyone. Are you fucking kidding? That’s disgusting. We get it, you were abandoned and deceived, but no one gives a shit BECAUSE THERE’S A GODDAMN WAR AND ALSO YOU DESERVED IT
“I sent back an image of me sticking out my tongue at him.
(…) His answer arrived.
Like mine, it was wordless, a mere image. Like mine, Rhysand’s tongue was out.
But it was occupied with doing something else.”
The smut scenes… on point, as always. Nothing I like more than to read about Feysand sex, honestly. They’re the best couple I’ve read about, incredibly compatible on every level and I LOVE MY CHILDREN SO FUCKING MUCH AND I JUST WANT THEM TO BE HAPPY FOREVER *sobs*
“”I suppose that’s how Varian decided he’d tell Amren he was feeling rather grateful she ordered us to go to Adriata.”
Tarquin cringed. “We’ll alternate who has to deal with them on holidays.””
Finally, Amren got some action too lmao it was about time
“My friend through many dangers. My lover who had healed my broken and weary soul. My mate who had waited for me against all hope, despite all odds.”
The whole battle I was a ball of stress. I’m not usually one to appreciate war tactics and descriptions, but I did in this book. It was great – absolutely nerve-wrecking, but so great.
I already knew Amren would be unleashed, it was one of my #1 theories about ACOWAR, but I still didn’t like it when it happened. I love the shit out of Amren, and the fact that she’s back is so great ❤
One thing that wasn’t that great was WHEN FUCKING RHYS DIED. ARE YOU KIDDING ME I WAS BAWLING MY EYES OUT HOW COULD SARAH DO THAT TO MY HEART.
I couldn’t stop crying, even though I kept thinking there was no way he wouldn’t come back, I couldn’t stop crying. Imagining Feyre without him, everyone without him – I can’t think about it for too long. Rhys is my baby and I want him to live happily and forever with Feyre and Mor and Cassian and Azriel and Amren and Nesta and Elain and Lucien. All of them. Safe, forever. That’s all I want in life.
AND HE BROUGHT AMREN BACK OH MY GOD YESSSSSSSSSS
“I wondered if any of the priestesses had ever gone sledding down the spiraling path.
“Not that I know of,” Rhys said into my mind. “But Mor and I once tried when we were children. My mother caught us on our third level down, and we were sent to bed without supper.””
Will there ever be an OTP I ship more than Feysand? Most likely not. I have no words for how much I love them and ship them. They’re so, so precious.
“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world – the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”
I also really like Cassian and Nesta, but unfortunately we never got to see them together… perhaps in the next books? Who knows, maybe they’ll be told from Nesta’s POV!!
The scene when she’s screaming his name though…. my poor little heart was STRUGGLING
“When he gets back, keep your forked tongue behind your teeth”
And then when we all thought Prythian was going to shit, daddy Archeron appears and I go I FUCKING KNEW IT. I. KNEW. IT. There was no way he wasn’t involved in Fae business, absolutely no way. He was mentioned throughout the three books, always absent, it was obvious he would come back in some way. I was so happy, so relieved to see he had
I was so happy, so relieved to see he had came along with Drakon and Myriam and the Queen… and then the fucking king snaps his neck…….. thanks Sarah
“I can’t love him like that.”
“Because I prefer females.”
When Mor revealed that she was bi, everything made sense. I just hope we get to see her and Azriel deal with that in future books, because the poor thing has been pining over something that will never happen for like five hundred years… I’d date him any day, so someone please make me a character so I can make Az happy – he deserves it!!
Can we just take a minute to talk about when Feyre figured out that Lucien wasn’t Beron’s son? I actually gasped out loud, what the FUCK. You’ll always be surprised by what Sarah J. Maas throws at you, I swear.
“If Rhysand was Night Triumphant, I was the star that only glowed thanks to his darkness, the light only visible because of him.”
Well, I think those are all of my thoughts on this MAGNIFICENT NOVEL. I might add new stuff if it comes to mind because my emotions are still all over the place. I’m not very coherent at the moment, as you can probably tell hahaha
See you on my next post ♡