Epic Character Development!
I have finally decided to read ACOWAR and despite all of the hate that surfaced upon the release of this book, I loved it! I didn’t look into why people didn’t like this novel (because Ignorance is Bloss) and I don’t want to make this a negative review so let’s all be happy and bask in the brilliance that is Sarah’s writing!
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings 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.
Wow, there is so much to talk about with this book. Let’s start off by saying that I loved it more than the second book – A Court of Mist and Fury – and I have heard from numerous people that ACOMAF is their favourite book in the series; at a time I once thought that’d be true for me too.
Character and Plot development:
A brief recap of the first two novels we see Feyre as a damsel in distress, gaining strength and her footing in her new fey body; relying on the dark, mysterious Lord of the night to save her from situations; and Tamlin, the once handsome prince became dangerous and possessive, even his second in command Lucien feared his best friend.
Gone is the mistreatment of women and acts of un-consensual sex, this novel really hones in on Feyre’s new lavish life in the Night Court as well as trying to abolish the negative aspects of the Fey society, hence the impending war that takes place against good and evil.
I have a few bones to pick with Tamlin, who really turned around quite dramatically throughout the novel attitude-wise. When he first saw Feyre again after her betrayal it seemed to him like he as owed something from her and couldn’t see his wrongs, but the last interaction they have he wishes her well, and I’m not sure where he was or how he had the time to – but Tamlin did some thinking. Not saying self-reflection is a bad thing, but for someone as oppressing as he was portrayed, it didn’t seem like a realistic arc for him (though I am happy he left with no dramas).
Now into problematic territory. Nesta, I don’t care how effing much you all hate her, she had the most consistent and interesting character development of the whole novel. It was that nervous tension as to whether she would let people in or not, and the interaction with the other characters – especially since everyone else already got along fine – was a shock. I very much liked how she was able to understand her abilities and allow herself to learn, as well as through Feyre’s eyes we saw a somewhat caring side to Nesta. What I truly appreciated was that at the end of the novel, though all her progression as a person, she didn’t bust out and instead chose to seclude herself hopefully emerging when ready.
I also need to include Feyre and Rhysand in this character section, and I want to do so by saying that I really didn’t see an improvement in their characters or their relationship. Feyre was still being as daring as ever, and Rhys was learning to let other people help him, understanding – through various lectures – that his friends actually cared for him and he should stop being a stubborn shithead.
New Love and Romantic Tensions:
Here I want to address 2 things; one is the mating bond and how I really respect Sarah J. Maas’ decision to not force Lucien and Elain together, rather letting the two understand things on their own and having Lucien respect his mate’s space instilled my faith in the Fey just that bit more (though now I just think he got that respect from his true father).
The second thing is obviously Nesta and Cassian’s really weird and mysterious relationship that seemed like a sort of bond. Not the sort of mating bond – which would’ve been easier to understand – but a bond between two people who understand each other on another level. Though I want their relationship to go somewhere, I appreciated the softness of their relationship and how Cassian was not forceful towards her and like I just mentioned, he seemed to understand her in the way only people who have the Illyrian warrior mentality can understand one another.
Also, Mor coming out as Bisexual to Feyre really made the story a lot less frustrating to read (coz Azriel’s moping was annoying me tbh), and left it open to more information and intrigue.
Welcome to my Ted Talk, I just want to point out that Lucien was lost for half the novel and this wasn’t addressed where it should’ve been. Just saying.
The Sexy Times:
Oh man let’s just rip this one off like a band-aid; there are long descriptive sex scenes at appropriate times (like in bed when characters have downtime), then there are long descriptive sex scenes at inappropriate times (like in the middle of a war).
Maas seems to love her long descriptive sex scenes, which are for some reason in abundance in this series; and are never actually justified. Let me explain; people can be horny often and I get it, but I don’t understand why Fey males like sex so damn much! Okay but like how horny can Rhys be? and at the most unreasonable times!?
I’d say that the long descriptive scenes mainly occurred at the appropriate times, though the mention of sex – even if we’re looking into someone’s mind – ruins the mood when the topic is serious. I also need to know wtf is the obsession with sex; like reign in those hormones mate.
The Literal Wings and Ruin:
The war scene/s were really good reading, descriptive and suspenseful. I don’t have much to criticise or pick at and I think it was my favourite part of the novel aside from Feyre’s deceit at the beginning. My favourite part of the battle was Feyre’s daringness to get the upper-hand by unleashing the most dangerous beasts in Prythian, making bargains even she doubted she was able to keep.
Amren WTF? But YYAASS QUEEN!
Because I’m a typical book blogger, I’ve forgotten the name of Rhys’ favourite healer but I believe that woman didn’t get enough air-time or recognition because damn she needs a higher wage, a God status and her own castle. Honestly, I found it really easy to accept that she could repair wings, and heal the wounded – both physically and mentally – because she was the only one to do so; but the woman needs to be worshipped for her hard ass work.
Big happy family!
★ Rating ★
I chose to give this book ★★★★★ (5/5 stars) because, but not only because of Sarah J. Mass’ amazingly beautiful writing that calms me down when I read it.
What are your thoughts on the Court of … series?? As you can see I quite enjoyed this one and am excited to get stuck into the A Court of Frost and Starlight novella.
Thank You, With Love Bree xx
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