My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Song: Halsey – Control
Ooh, you clever clever woman, Sarah J. Maas. You knew exactly how to hook me in, didn’t you?
I didn’t even know that I was missing anything in book one, until I got to book two and everything went on its head. I did know I wasn’t in love with Tamlin, but I thought he was ok enough, and then we see his behavior here and it’s like “WTF?”. Did Feyre went through all of THAT for THIS?
And on the other hand, Rhys. Such a brilliant character. I had some ammount of guilt liking him in book one, I admit. But between a meh good guy and an awesome bad guy, I always choose the bad guy to love. I don’t even want to know what that says about my mental health, I’ll leave that for my future therapist to figure out. I see ungodly bills in my future. But yeah, Rhys fascinated me from the moment I met him. And now? I’m happy to say that I don’t feel guilty anymore. I am totally vindicated.
“I will say it once – and only once,” Rhysand purred, stalking to the map on the wall. “You can be a pawn, be someone’s reward, and spend the rest of your immortal life bowing and scraping and pretending you’re less than him, than Ianthe, than any of us. If you want to pick that road, then fine. A shame, but it’s your choice. But I know you – more than you realize, I think – and I don’t believe for one damn minute that you’re remotely fine with being a pretty trophy for somene who sat on his ass for nearly fifty years, then sat on his ass while you were shredded apart-“
I just love the guy, he flew to the top of my book boyfriends and I don’t see anyone throwing him off any time soon.
Because this is my first series by SJM, I was not expecting such a big turn in terms of character building, or should I say rebuilding? What she did with Feyre was brutal but magnificent at the same time. Like watching a birth of a child. It was painful, icky and took a long time but what we have as a result is pure magic. While in ACOTAR Feyre was just charging through to get to that final point of happy ending, in ACOMAF she faced what was happening to her and to Prythian, she made choices, took charge and found her identity in all of this.
And let’s talk about Tamlin for a minute. I don’t know if I agree with Feyre that it was Under the Mountain that broke him. My opinion is that he was always that way, he just hadn’t had the opportunity to show it. His inability to act on behalf of his people in the past, as well as his refusal to brake the old ways and patterns, speaks volumes for me. The curse he was under put all of that in stasis, and Amarantha unleashed what was already there. I don’t expect a full redemption from his character in the future, he might turn around, but I’m not holding my breath.
I’m more interersted in what Feyre is now capable of doing and becoming, of her relationship with Rhysand and her sisters. And I’m excited to see how she and Lucien will interact now that she is back. I still have hope for him, even if he did let her down. Although, I must say I need a break from the intensity that is this series. Maybe I’ll go read some smut or something.
Over and out