Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy
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 torn apart.
I initially rated this 4 stars, but after careful consideration, I have decided that I simply had too many issues with this book that can’t be ignored, so I’ve lowered it to 3.
Before I go into this, a lot of my friends have received nasty backlash for not liking ACOMAF and I just… what’s the point? If you can’t handle criticism against Maas’ work, this is not the review for you. And also, how is arguing over the internet going to solve anything? Find people who love her work just as much as you and go rave with them. I am always willing to discuss, though. DISCUSS, not argue.
So, now that that’s out of the way, let’s start with the positives. I simply have to praise the amount of detail that went into the creation and building of this world. Prythian is incredible with how intricate it is and I immediately fell in love with Velaris and the Night Court.
I also think Maas is a very gifted writer; she spins words like the Weaver herself and creates magic with her penmanship. Her stuff can be very lyrical, very quotable, and will instil envy in many a writer (including myself).
Some of the characters are amazing. Naturally, I love Rhys (as does the large majority) and his four Musketeers – especially Cassian was a total babe. I like fiery Nesta and snarky Lucien.
There’s someone I don’t like though.
FEYRE. Feyre and I didn’t get along from the very get-go in ACOTAR. I found her to be the Mary Suest Mary Sue to ever Mary Sue, with her pitiable past and her conveniently absent or useless parents and her painting and her all-around “woe is me” attitude. That attitude only got worse in ACOMAF, which was certainly understandable as she had been through a lot, but really got on my nerves after a while. Having to hear about how broken she is and how she’s a monster and how she has a black hole where her heart used to be gets repetitive and monotonous after a while.
Of course, she also has to be a super special snowflake with her super special powers. She’s one of the most powerful Fae (once she truly harvests all those super special powers) who attracts the fancy of the most peaceful and handsome and muscled and tortured High Lord and—
Which brings me to THE PLOT. like so many before me have asked: what plot? This was basically a 700-page-long build-up of some very cringey and melodramatic sex scenes. Rhys climaxes so powerfully that he makes mountains shake. MOUNTAINS. Call me crazy but that sounds like he should never ever have sex again because do you know how DANGEROUS that sounds? Like I don’t want to get crumpled in an earthquake because you can’t keep that woodpecker of yours in check, know what I’m sayin’?
THE ROMANCE. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Tamlin was bleh and boring in ACOTAR and was totally rooting for Rhys (or even Lucien) to get together with Feyre, but I did not appreciate the way it was done. People can fall out of love without their exes turning into giant douchehats. It’s like Maas wrote ACOTAR and then went “NOPE” and did a complete 180 on both Tamlin and Rhysand. Tamlin turns out to be the fuckstick while Rhys is excused of all his sins of ever. Rhys went from sexy, possibly a villain with grey areas to a fluffy Carebear. Tamlin became the dragon guarding the damsel in the tallest tower, while Rhys became the pretty princess. (Okay fine, he became the prince. I just wanted everyone to visualise him as a pretty princess. With a tiara.)
I mean, for both of them to act so out of character was just really cheap. When ACOTAR was literally all about Feyre and Tamlin’s “twu wuv”, it’s annoying to just turn him into a possessive assclown and basically negate the entire first book. I felt cheated.
You know who else was out of character? Lucien. WHERE WAS THE LUCIEN I KNOW AND LOVE? This guy was a spineless lapdog with less personality than a paper bag and it was truly disappointing to see him as a mere shadow of who he can be.
There was also very much a lack of diversity. There is the obvious lack of colour or sexuality (which would have been really easy to add with all those fairies and Fae frolicking about at Courts), but what bothers me more is that everyone is beautiful. They’re all gorgeous and strong and muscled and there is not an ounce of fat on anyone’s butt. What is this “cellulite” you speak of? Is it a beauty regime? Can I inject it into my full and perky breasts so they look even more perfect?
Last up, the infodumps. Oh my god, the infodumps! Like I said, I really appreciate the detail that went into this, but some chapters had my head reeling with all the information I’d been given. By all means, do fling the entire life histories of four new characters at me in one scene! Like I’m going to remember all of that.
So I realise this all sounds pretty negative – I guess I had a lot to get off my chest. But overall I genuinely did enjoy the story, did love the banter and the flirting and the tension between Feyre and Rhysand, did enjoy meeting the new cast and exploring new places (and definitely did feel all the feels when View Spoiler »Velaris was attacked « Hide Spoiler). I’m just not crazy about any of it. And I’m very wary of the idea that this series is going to be 8 books long.
Nevertheless, I remain intrigued. I’ll see you guys at part 3.