I could not put this book down. I loved it almost as much as I loved ACOTAR and it wasn’t because of Feyre and Rhysand, it was because of the rest of the group. Azrial, Cassian, Mor, and Amren oh my! Also, Lucien, Nesta, and Elain. All the side characters really made this book much more interesting. There was a lot of war planning going on and so meeting the other high lords and seeing the other courts was fascinating. I did also love seeing Feyre’s character development in regards to her becoming a bad ass.
So we find out in book two that when the High Lords brought her back to life she was gifted a tiny piece of each of their powers. That’s right, Feyre now has the power of EVERY high lord. Awesome. So in this book she’s learning how to use those powers and Sarah J Maas did a wonderful job at making it feel organic. She didn’t just suddenly learn over night and was this wonder woman of power with complete control. No, it took time, and there were moments where her powers failed her because she’s a novice. Loved it.
There were so many moving parts in this book but the most epic part, in my opinion, is the meeting of the high lords. You guessed it! Tamlin comes back in! BOOM! And he gives Feyre a well deserved tongue lashing and then she gets to be a bad ass by putting the high lord of autumn in his place. Brilliant. I will say though, that after reading the entire series I am a little ticked at Sarah J Maas for making Tam out to be an antagonist. Honestly, he is not a bad guy; a scorned lover for sure, and bitter, but not a bad guy.
I really did start to care for all the side characters in this novel though. We get introduced to all of them in book two but it’s really not until book three that you get to know them and care for them. I think Sarah J Maas did an excellent job of spacing out the spotlight between this cast and making sure that they all got ample time.
But the ending, you guys, the ending! Aaoejaeofijadiejfje;fj! That is how I felt at the end of this book. SO MUCH LEFT OPEN BUT AT THE SAME TIME TOO CLEAN! There were eye roll moments at the end because parts were just too tidy but at the same time ties that were left untied and I’m over here like….what just happened? That’s it? THAT’S IT?!
So apparently she is coming out with more books, this is good, because most of the love connections are left murky at the end of this one. Who ends up with who and all that.
But overall, lots of war planning, lots of character development, some Tamlin, and a whole lot of sexy scenes. Worth it.
Until next time here’s a quote from the book to get you through:
“But this is war. We don’t have the luxury of good ideas—only picking between the bad ones.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin