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.
Words still fail me and it’s been almost a week since I’ve finished this book. It was spectacular. Fantastic. Unbelievable. Out of this world beautiful. I can keep going. It’s probably the strongest sequel I’ve ever read and it just soared on the top spot for my favorite book of the year. Sara has outdone herself with this one and it shows. It’s remarkably beautifully written, it ensnares you from the very first page and it’s hard to believe, but it gets better and better with. each. page. Sarah weaves such an intricate tale and it’s hard to believe where we’re at, at the end of ACOMAF, compared to where ACOTAR has started. It’s like a different story altogether, but it’s amazing to see the progression of Feyre’s story and how far she’s gotten.
This is one of those books that you don’t necessarily expect to blow your mind, especially since it’s a sequel, and sequels tend to not be as good as the first book (that dreaded Second Book Syndrome that everyone hates), but it’s definitely not the case with ACOMAF. The story progressed beautifully from the end of the first book and it went places I never thought it could go. Most importantly, nothing felt forced. Nothing felt unnatural. Everything felt smooth and fluid. And the writing was breathtaking. I absolutely adored the descriptions and I love how much the world has expanded from the first book. We got to travel further into Prythian and it’s beautiful and can someone get me there right now?
As for the characters…. holy cow! Oh my god. Unbelievable. The Feyre in the beginning of ACOTAR is nothing like the Feyre at the end of ACOMAF. It’s not out of character, it’s character growth and development and I loved every second of it. Feyre comes into her own, she shows how kickass she can be and it’s beautiful to watch. I love that Sarah has introduced so many new characters, and that she makes you fall in love with them so effortlessly. You care about them instantly and I think that’s something impressive for an author – to make you feel connected to every single character they write. No matter if they’re heroes or villains.
Please read this book. It’s phenomenal. It’s too good for words. You 100% won’t regret one second of it.
Special mention for sexually explicit scenes. I don’t remember exactly how many there are, but they’re there and if you’re sensitive to them, bear this in mind.
“No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”
“I am broken and healing, but every piece of my heart belongs to you.”
“To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.”
“You sent that music into my cell. Why?” Rhysand’s voice was hoarse. “Because you were breaking. And I couldn’t find another way to save you.”
Now, for a bit of a spoiler-y discussion:
Feyre and Rhysand. These two are perfect together. They were friends before anything else. And their relationship progresses so naturally, it’s not forced at all. It’s not insta love. It’s two people getting to know each other and respect each other and be partners. Equals. The end of ACOMAF destroyed me. I was so scared that their bond had been shattered, I was literally unable to function. When I found out she had become High Lady and she’ll essentially be a spy, I started crying. The last sentence of the book is one of the most powerful and amazing lines I’ve ever read in my life. It’s everything.
I loved how the focus was on Feyre’s choices. She always had a choice with Rhysand, as opposed to Tamlin. I do believe Tamlin loves/d her, but Under the Mountain twisted them both to the point where his good intentions went sideways. He couldn’t understand her anymore. His selfishness started to break through. The fact that Lucien would dare act against Amarantha, but backed down when he thought he had pushed Tamlin too far speaks wonders about Tamlin’s character. The betrayal at the end…I just couldn’t. I couldn’t believe he could do that. I do hope we’ll get to see some redemption for him. I don’t believe he’ll come out of this story alive, though.
So many amazing female characters! Amren and Morrigan are just…perfection. I loved how Sarah touched on the treatment of women, through Morrigan’s story and that of the Illyrian women in the camps, women who are often seen only as tools for breeding, with no choices of their own, with no means of deciding their own destiny. The rest of the Inner Circle has stolen my heart permanently. I just want them all to be okay after the story is done.
As for Rhysand…he has become one of my all time favorite characters. He’s such a complex, intricate individual, I can’t believe I thought poorly of him during ACOTAR. He is a perfect example of how men should act. He’s absolutely flipping fantastic. He’s powerful, cocky, snarky, sarcastic, but underneath it all, is someone who has suffered for the good of his people and his friends. He has such a deeply ingrained instinct to protect, but he never holds it over Feyre’s head and ultimately leaves her to make the choices she wants. He has faith and trust in her and that won me over immediately. It’s hard not to compare him with Tamlin, but Tamlin doesn’t hold a candle to Rhysand. He’s perfect, that is all.
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