(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on May 3rd 2016
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.
WHAT WAS THAT?
The ending of this book killed me. I can’t handle it. Not. At. All.
Anyway, onto what I thought about the rest of the book—I’ll get to the ending later.
If you’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses, then you know how much Feyre’s life had changed since she was taken to Prythian to break the curse Amarantha placed on the fae realm. She remained in the Spring Court with Tamlin, her love for him strong enough to literally move some mountains. But life in the Spring Court was not what it once was, and Feyre isn’t who she used to be, either.
I didn’t understand why people hated Tamlin until I read this book. I even sided with him in ACOTAR and told myself I was going to try and understand why people jumped on the Rhysand ship. DID I EVER UNDERSTAND AFTER READING THIS BOOK?! I’ll admit, at the beginning of ACOMAF I did feel sorry for Tamlin. His actions cannot, under any circumstances, be justified—he wouldn’t let Feyre go outside, for the love of all that is holy. I did want to see his side of things, though. I know that thought lands on the unpopular opinion side of things for those that have read the book, but he didn’t stay on the “I want to understand” side very long.
The bargain that Feyre had made with Rhys to heal her injuries Under the Mountain arrived with a devilish smirk and at the most inopportune time. Since Tamlin was being such a prick, it could not have been a better moment fro the High Lord of the Night Court to winnow in and whisk her away.
Did I ever fall in love with Rhys. There is still conversation of where these books fit, genre and age group wise. Rhys knocked this book rightly into the new adult category. Their romance was slow and aching. I loved and devoured every second of it. I wanted more Rhys, more playful flirting, and to just know more about what was the thing between Feyre and the aloof High Lord. I need more of him now, and I don’t think that I can survive without it. The paint scene and everything that followed—just, ugh! OH MY WORD.
I loved Rhys’s inner circle. They all had their own struggles and stories going on in the background. I’m rooting for Morrigan and Azriel, Cassian and Nesta, and two people not involved in the circle: Elaine and Lucien.
I read this book relatively slow, actually. It was a comfort book. I would put it down because I had to read something else or do something for school, and then I would pick it back up as a comfort mechanism. For some reason, considering this book takes place over such an extended period of time, I liked reading it this way. A whole lot happens in this book. There are plot twists and gasping moments galore, and I didn’t know what to expect one page to the next. It was glorious.
THAT ENDING. Is it time for the next book? I needed it the second I turned the last page. I thought I had an idea about how the book might end, but I was wrong. I had no idea that was coming at all.
The ACOTAR series are my favorite Sarah J. Maas books so far. She creates characters like no other and makes you want to jump inside the pages and live there. If you haven’t read anything by Maas, you can do no wrong by starting here.