Author: Sarah J. Maas * Pages: 624 * Publisher: Bloomsbury * Genre: YA, Fantasy * Rating: 5 Stars
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.
I want to be honest in saying it took me 2 months to finish this book. From amount of actual pages to be consumed to the feelings I kept getting caught up in, I can say without a doubt that I LOVED this book. I have every intention on reading it again all at once just to get the full impact of the book as a whole. I heard Maas say in an interview that she wrote this immediately after writing the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I have to say her writing and formation skills for this series has blown my mind immensely. This book reached my expectations like a sequel should, which is to exceed the first one and then some.
It wasn’t until I was about 30% into the book when I realized that this was a Hades and Persephone retelling. Being that the first book is a “Beauty and the Beast” retelling but with the added elements of the story, such and the seasoned courts, the timeless tale of Hades and his quest to claim Persephone has made for an excellent addition to the story being played out in ACOTAR series. Feyre is alive and has survived the wrath of Amaratha but seems to be having issues with her decisions that led her to break her curse and save her love, Tamlin and his people. But things after Under the Mountain don’t seemed to be getting better until Rhysand, the strongest fae of all time and High Lord of the Night Court, comes to collect on his bargain he forged with Feyre at the most awkward time, her wedding. I am so glad that we finally get to see more of Rhysand in this book though I wasn’t expecting to see him in majority of the book but it worked out very well.
I had no idea that Tamlin would turn out to be such a tool. You read ACOTAR and absolutely fall in love with him just to find out in ACOMAF he is neglectful and over bearing. It broke my heart to see Feyre fade away haunted by what she had to do in order to save everyone. I can’t get over the fact that Rhysand is Feyre’s mate as well and in being so they have the mate bond that they can use to communicate with each other telepathically wherever they are. Rhys would be able to hear her whenever something was happening or seeing if she was wasting away as Tamilin failed to. Tamlin went overboard locking Feyre up in the castle which results in Rhys finding a way to safe her and bringing her to the Night Court. Thankfully, lol!
I appreciate Rhys so much he didn’t force the mating bond on Feyre even if it would have saved face of everyone in the land thinking he stole her from Tamilin. If they all knew they were mates, it would solve all those problems but like the gentlemen (no one knows) he is, he took whatever little bit of attention she would give him. Sad to say this is not the only problems Feyre and Rhys have to deal with. The King of Hybern is cooking up some trouble with the Cauldron and is ready to unleash it on not only Prythian and Rhys but a few of Feyre’s loved ones as well. Everything from the Rainbow to the Court of Dreams, the Feysand love scenes to the sassy Inner Circle, this book has a well deserved 5 stars from me.