(3.5 / 5)
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.
The anticipation for this book in the YA world has been high! In short, it was OK, could have been better, but I’ll definitely take it.
For everyone that doesn’t know, or have been living under a rock for the last three months, this is the third installment to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by our lady Sarah J Maas. So to begin with, I think that A Court of Mist and Fury was a better story in my opinion. There was more unknown intrigue and sexy tension with Rhys, and we were unsure of the course the book was going to take us. During ACOWAR it had a similar feeling to the last Harry Potter book, like you knew that you were simply headed toward a big battle of some kind, it’s all just about the details.
Overall the plot of the book was good. I think that SJM is pretty decent at stringing a story along, piecing it together and making every part count. There were many elements to this story, at 699 pages there were many places that could have been trimmed down a little, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I enjoyed reading all about the other courts and their rulers, where they all fit into the history of Prythian. We also enjoyed the return of some of the more exciting characters such as the Bone Carver and the Weaver, as well as some of the not-so-exciting ones like Ianthe. She was good at tying up *most* of the loose ends by the end of the book.
I think that the sexy times were nice, and they were sexy, but all of the sexual tension between the two of them was drained out of this story. Rhysand and Feyre are already mates, so it just remains if they are going to do it and how. I liked to read those parts and they were hot still but there was still that element missing that was there between them in ACOMAF.
K, so I’m going to say that she does use the same verbiage over and over again to describe things, like Rhysand “feasting upon her” (blech dude) to the snarling, the talons, ect. There was a lot of her telling instead of showing, like the writers like to put it, I think there was something different about her writing in this book.
Overall, this really is a series that you could dig into over and over again. Now that it’s over for Feyre and Rhys, I think I may give Throne of Glass another shot!
You literally can’t do a review of this book without talking about some spoilers, so if you haven’t read this book yet or any of the other ones, the rest of this review WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
First of all, Elain and Az. This is good, great, better than great. What could be better than a yin and yang, light and flowers and darkness and shadows. YES!! Sorry Lucian this will be painful but you will get over it, possibly with the aid of Vassa.
Second, Tamlin. You did it, even though I thought you were a complete jerk off pretty much the whole time, you redeemed yourself from what I thought was an impossible low. While I was admittedly upset in the beginning that he didn’t die defending Feyre, that was quickly remedied when I saw that we needed him to bring my Rhys baby back to life.
Which brings me to spoiler three, holy shit did she really just kill Rhys?! Of course she did, SJM, you toy with my emotions. So many things were made and unmade in this story, I lost count.
I was enjoying the ending and the battle scenes but I’ve been calling the dad thing since the first time I read ACOMAF- I knew that Feyre’s dad was off doing something that had to do with all this, and that he would pop up when we needed him most. What I didn’t know is that he was going to show up just to be killed off immediately? I didn’t understand that part at all. Maybe SJM thought that the sisters would need to have no reason to go back to the mortal lands in her next book.
Maybe Feyre and Rhys hunting Braxis will be a short story (yes please)!
Finally—What happened to Alis??