This book picks up a few months after A Court of Thorns and Roses, with Feyre still trying to recover from her time Under the Mountain, and feeling numb. She is not the same Feyre as before, not someone who wants protection like before. She can’t forget what she had to do in Amarantha’s court and the only one who tries to help her is Rhysand (*swoon* I love Rhysand). He calls in his bargain with her and while she is spending a week with him at his court, he starts to teach her to read and to help heal her.
In my review of ACOTAR, I was totally for Tamlin x Feyre. However, I’m going back on that and I am totally for Rhysand x Feyre. Tamlin is an controlling a**hole in this one (sorry). While I think he was good for the Feyre in ACOTAR, she is completely different in ACOMAF. They were both changed by their time Under the Mountain, and I don’t think Tamlin’s was for the better.
The character growth is amazing! Feyre is this broken soul, suffering from nightmares and now has these gifts from the seven High Lords after they brought her back from the dead and transformed her. And then there is Rhysand. Oh Rhysand. I loved him in ACOTAR, but not enough, I think to want him and Feyre together. And then this book happened and so much of his actions and his backstory was explained and he just took on this life of his own, and I’m sorry but I think I love him.
There is so much about this book to love and to have your heart torn up about; this book will make you run the gamut of emotions. And most of the time, this is me:
One thing I will say is that I was taken aback by the graphic detail of the sex scenes. I wasn’t expecting that. There is nothing wrong with sex scenes, don’t get me wrong, but going by her previous books, while you know the characters have sex, it’s not gone into detail. This book elevates this series to NA fiction for that reason, in my opinion.
Honestly, I don’t what to else to write except this is probably Maas’s best book so far. She just keeps getting better and better with each book. I need several pieces of fanart for some scenes I have in my head.
“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.” -Pg. 320
“Many atrocities . . . have been done in the name of the greater good.” -Pg. 387
“I wondered, then, with his hands beneath my breasts and between my legs, what Rhys wouldn’t give of himself. Wondered if . . . if perhaps the arrogance and swagger . . . if they masked a male who perhaps thought he wasn’t worth very much at all.” -Pg. 413
“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. . . . But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key.” -Pg. 427
“My mate. Death incarnate. Night triumphant.” -Pg. 569
“We deserve each other. And we deserve to be happy.” -Pg. 575
[You should also check out Rebecca Walsh’s Pinterest Board for A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s gorgeous!]