I meant to post this last week, but I was mid-re-read and just couldn’t bring myself to write more than a paragraph. This was my third full re-read of ACOMAF and it’s power over me has not eased for even a breath. If anything, I find more things to swoon over or connect to other parts of the story or consider repeatedly and at great length. This book is magic. Ultimately, I can’t imagine how ACOWAR will match up (I’m only a third of the way in now because #LIFE has been crazy this past week), but I hope it will!
So let’s begin as we always do, with the blurb:
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.
My quick summary…(and if you haven’t read any of my #MaasMondays yet, stop now before you get into spoilers):
Feyre is restless in the Spring Court as Tamlin has become over-protective, unresponsive, and a zipped-lip tool who won’t share his life with her beyond the borders of the house. She is also suffering from severe post-traumatic stress after all that happened Under the Mountain, as is Tamlin who can also barely sleep through the night and has an explosive temper over pretty much everything now. Lucien is putting on a brave face and trying to be peacekeeper between the two of them, but mostly Feyre is in the house, getting ill, not healing, and also having flickers of uncontrollable magic.
Fast forward to their wedding day, and Feyre can’t do it. She begs in her mind for someone to save her. Rhysand obliges and calls in their bargain. She sort of hates him, but is also sort of relieved to get out of the wedding dress and have some time to think, especially when she realizes that she is not a prisoner but a guest of the Night Court and that his home is in a beautiful, airy palace instead of the “Under the Mountain” style seat of power that she expected. Rhys forces her to read and write. Rhysand is, after all, the most witty and wonderful of high lords. (Haha.)
Feyre returns to the Spring Court, and back to the Night Court, and then back to the Spring Court… but not for long, as Tamlin basically locks her up with magic like an animal in a cage. She has a full on magically-enhanced meltdown, Rhys cracks the cage and sends in Morrigan to carry Feyre out of the Spring Court so that they don’t break any rules and open themselves up for war at the hands of Tamlin. Feyre decides to work with the Night Court, aka the Inner Circle and Rhys, to help prevent war with Hybern (where Amarantha came from.)
There are so many memorable scenes from here on in including the Weaver, the Bone Carver, training with Cassian, training with Rhys, dinner with the Inner Circle, visiting her sisters, the letter to Tamlin, the Queens, Lucien in the forest, the Court of Nightmares visit, the Summer Court visit (especially the book retrieval part), the Inn, the kidnapping, Feyre in winnow/strike beast mode, the Suriel 2.0 scene, the cabin, chapter 55, chapter 56, the defending of Velaris, the Attor, and visiting Hybern… and ALL THAT HAPPENS IN HYBERN. And all that happens after Hybern as the Inner Circle returns to the Night Court with Feyre’s sisters, and Tam, Lucien and Feyre go back to the Spring Court as she pretends that she has been enthralled and that their mating bond has been broken by the magic of the Cauldron. All to help their getaway and as a way for Feyre to get back into the Spring Court and get some revenge. End scene.
From this point on, anytime I think of fan art for ACOTAR as a series, I think of Charlie Bowater (three of the pics above). Her imagining of Rhys and Feyre are just spot on perfection. You should definitely check out her work if you haven’t already. And her dress in the pic above was used on the cover of ACOWAR, so likely, you have already heard of her if you are reading this!
The couple of this book?
Rhys and Feyre. Rhys is incredibly patient and tolerates a lot of name calling and rudeness while Feyre is figuring out her head and healing in general. This is probably the main reason why people fall for Rhys. Aside from the fact that he is described as being physically strong and handsome, it’s his actions that win people over. He gives her options, he forces nothing on her (aside from calling in the bargain to bring her to go to the Night Court), he expects her to better herself through literacy, physical training, eating, and mastering her mind, and he provides her with the space and time she needs to get over Tamlin and Amarantha’s torture. He also provides a built in support system, thanks to the Inner Circle, as well as a purpose if she chooses to join them in the Inner Circle. And after all of that, Feyre realizes her feelings for Rhysand. Realizes their bond is deeper than the bargain that they made Under the Mountain. And when Rhys explains all of his prior questionable actions… ugh.
Really you could make an argument that the couple of this book is Feyre and her new body and new mind which she has to come to terms with. She is mentally and physically destroyed and wasting away and confined. Then she is free and slowly healing over 700 pages.
I don’t dare get into favorite quotes, as this book is riddled with beautiful passages of dark and light, pain and tears, and amazing renewal.
Hopefully by this time next week I will have finished ACOWAR and will be back for a final week of #MaasMondays (until September anyway)!
Did you re-read ACOMAF in the past month? What were your new takeaways or favorite moments to revisit? I swear the winnow/strike slaughter followed by the poisoning and the Suriel 2.0 leaves me on an adrenaline rush all over again every time I read it. But the Weaver… chills. And chapter 55… tears. This book is perfection.