*THIS REVIEW IS FULL OF SPOILERS. And no, I’m not taking them out.*
*This is where I convince you Rhysand is a better man than Tamlin, if reading the books didn’t convince you on their own.*
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Originally published: May 3, 2016
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Preceded by: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Followed by: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Synopsis: 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.
Opinion: TAMLIN is not perfect for Feyre. Let me say it again for the people in the back. TAMLIN IS NOT PERFECT FOR FEYRE. Yes, Tamlin has PTSD. Does that rectify what he does to Feyre? No. Was he a better person in the first book? Yes. Do I think he’s an awful person? No. I think he had a lot of stuff he needed to work though that he kept ignoring.
Let me spell it out for you, he emotionally, psychologically, and borderline physically abuses Ferye. This was not a healthy relationship. THIS IS NOT A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP. If you are rooting for Tamlin and Feyre with the way things go in this novel, you might need to seek help yourself because that means you are blind to these things. I’m saying that in the nicest way possible.
The way I saw it, and I believe this was even mentioned in the book, is that Tam was the perfect fit for human Feyre, but not fae Feyre. Feyre grows a lot between these two books. She gains faith and confidence in herself. She has someone fighting for her in a way that she has never had before. Tam wanted a relationship to save himself and his people, and once he attained his goal he put his relationship on the back burner. He had more important things to focus on, in his opinion.
We see Tamlin trying to protect Feyre (I’ve never said he didn’t care for her,) he just smothers her. We literally see her start a spiral into depression, and he doesn’t. Everyone sees it except Tam, but no one wants to stand up to him because he rules in fear, not love. Everything Feyre does, from the clothes she wears to the parties she goes to, is to make Tamlin happy. Not herself. She does nothing to fix herself after Under the Mountain and it sucks the life out of her.
RHYSAND, obviously, I love him. Is what he did to Feyre Under the Mountain okay? No. Do his actions after make up for it? YES. For someone who was sexually abused for FIFTY YEARS, he copes and he helps Feyre cope as well. He antagonizes her to help her see her own strength, to let her find her voice, and to draw her out of her fogged up mind. To me, Rhysand MAKES this story.
ACOMAF is amazing from the start, and I realize Tamlin is what held ACOTAR back. Tamlin is what had me going back and forth between DNF or no the first time I read it. It’s not Maas, it’s not her writing, it was the character. Tamlin is just meh.
Rhys saves Feyre when Tamlin traps her, but he gives her the choice to return home, if that is what she wants. It is always her choice. Not his, not what he wants, what she wants. Rhysand listens to Feyre and shares his thoughts with her, he asks her opinion. Feyre is able to make friends on her own terms, not her spouses. She is allowed FREEDOM.
Rhys understands Feyre. He is able to see through her eyes, quite literally. They both feel that they are unworthy of love. They both are broken, but they come out of it together. They don’t try to protect each other or shield the other from harm. They fight together. They fight for each other, never alone.
ACOMAF is full of that action and adventure that ACOTAR lacked until the very end. It’s not just a sappy love story. It’s jam packed full of new places never mentioned before. Basically, a whole set of new characters are introduced, with few familiar faces.
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY is one of the best books I have ever read. Anyone can love this series. ANYONE. We tread even further into impending doom. Feyre becomes the bada** b**ch that Rhys helped her find in herself. Feyre pulls ahead of Aelin here in SJMaas female lead favorites. I’d rather have Feyre at my side in a fight. I wasn’t going to read ACOWAR after ACOMAF but now I think I might just have to.
Thanks for sticking out this review. I warned you it would be long!
My Rating: ★★★★★
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