Greetings bloggers and readers everywhere. NI present to you a book review after months and months of absence! Hallelujah! Enjoy :).
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Genre: Fantasy, YA, NA, Romance
Page Count: 699
My Rating: 🐉🐉🐉🐉
I don’t even know where to begin with this book! It left me empty and shaking, although it surprisingly didn’t make me weep for hours but I was left with this stupid feeling that it’s all over. Honestly, I really expected myself to adore this book more than I actually did, I’m not saying it was bad, some parts were still amazing but there were also things that I really disliked. It wasn’t as life-changing as the second book but was much better than the first. I mostly think that’s because, almost everything’s already been revealed and this book was just the finale to it all which breaks my heart.
ACOWAR is the thickest book of them all but I still felt like a lot of main events were rushed while other less important ones took too many pages to be resolved. The first part was very gripping while the second part got slower but the last part was still spectacular. I finished this long book in two sittings, that’s how much I love Sarah’s storytelling. Everything else I had to do could go take a break until I finished reading!
The settings we see were all very descriptive and intensely beautiful. We finally get to see more of Prythian’s other courts and High Lords. I caught myself several times wishing that someone would soon capture all these vivid magical places into fanart!
My favourite thing about this series was all the characters and all their relationships and interactions! The author really does make you fall in love with every single one of them! She makes them all flawed and imperfect rendering them irresistible. They are probably the reason why I gave this book 4 stars.
A lot of books revolve around the protagonist while all the other characters occasionally contribute to the plot but ACOWAR was different. The wide set of characters all enhanced the plot and proved themselves worthy to the readers. All of them are unforgettable and unique. They are the kind of characters that could each have at least one book centring around their lives after this ending. To me and I’m sure many other readers, these characters stopped being fictional and became real thanks to how complex and life-like they were.
The writing in this book was great but I’ve read better from the author. Maybe it’s because I’ve read other books by the same author and I’ve gotten used to her writing style but there were phrases that have been used repeatedly and have now become rather boring. Or maybe it’s because writing so many books with so many pages with little time put too much pressure on the author. I missed the times when I’d read paragraphs packed with feels and so many overwhelming emotions, that I’d start crying even if the scene wasn’t supposed to be sad. I miss the powerful wording and beautiful imagery that made me read whole pages again in order to properly appreciate the wonderful choice of words.
🚨Spoiler alert 🚨 (This is the part where I rant about the book)
I saw Rhy’s name as the title of a chapter and I thought that the whole book would have alternating POVs and I got so excited for that. But the rest of the book was all from Feyre’s POV! Except for the second to last chapter which also had Rhys’s POV. I didn’t see the need for that at all! I mean why get my hopes up for no reason? It’s not like he provided any extra information that we couldn’t have gotten any other way!
It gave me great pleasure reading about Feyre taking her revenge on Tamlin and Ianthe in the Spring Court! She was wicked when everyone else believed her to be the innocent woman she was as a human.
I loved how she dealt with Ianthe, stealing her spotlight and going into her mind and forcing her into smashing her own hand! Ianthe got what she deserved in the end and I’m glad about that.
The reunion of Feyre with the Court of Dreams was one of the only scenes that moved me in this book. I was so happy that the Revenge on the Spring Court didn’t take long but then there’s the part where they try to gather allies and it frankly took too much of the book.
I did like the flying lessons that Feyre took with Azriel. I was glad to get to know more about him and it warmed my heart seeing him laugh and make jokes. Seeing the Bone Carver again was nice especially after I realised that Feyre saw him as her (internal screaming) own future son!!
The meeting with all the High Lords in the Dawn Court was hilarious and filled with the tension you’d expect between people who’ve always had a hard time cooperating. Tamlin’s appearance was a surprise and I loved how upset he was. I had to stifle my laughter whenever he insulted Rhys in front of all those other people.
“When you erupt, girl, make sure it is felt across worlds.”
Seeing Nesta embrace her new self and become fiercer than ever was inspiring! She finally began to appreciate Feyre. She starts helping and training with Amren to stop Hybern. She isn’t even slightly intimidated by anyone! I loved seeing everyone’s amazement when she just asked Amren questions they were all too scared to ask. I loved seeing her care for Elain and sass Cassian. I loved seeing how strong she was even though she never did learn how to physically defend herself. Nessian was my favourite ship in this book!
Elain was less involved in the story and I really wished we’d seen more of her powers as a ‘seer’ because it really sounds like an awesome power. Now I just wonder whether the mating bond between her and Lucien will work out or whether she ends up with Azriel. I just considered the second possibility because of how Az treated Elain.
Feyre became so powerful and confident in this book. She handled the position of being High Lady with ease. She didn’t d mind ruling or having to make tough decisions. She’s changed so much from the terrified fey-hating human she was.
“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”
I really loved how she faced her true self in that mirror and didn’t run away. It really sends a powerful message about accepting yourself with all your flaws and mistakes. I loved how Rhys treated her as an equal, never looked down on her, didn’t try protecting her for her ‘own good’, and let her fight her own battles. That’s an crucial part of being in a relationship.
My one complaint about Feyre and Rhys was all the unnecessarily frequent sex! I mean this book wasn’t even about them realising they were mates and falling in love, that has already happened, so why include so much of it?! They literally dropped everything they were doing for it! Priorities please? I mean hello! People have just died, you’re in the middle of war leave that for later! I swear it was like reading about wild animals who can’t control themselves! It was very cringeworthy.
There was more diversity in this book than the previous two but I felt like it was forced and fake. I’m not against making more diverse characters but it just felt like it was added here to appease the raging fans. Some people liked it but I didn’t see how it advanced any of the characters’ arcs. Making Mor a lesbian felt like a last second addition that made her look cruel. It made absolutely no sense and it didn’t really show anything besides the fact that she’s been a complete ass to Azriel for way too many years! Or Hellion-the High Lord of the Day Court. I don’t know how but they made it seem like his sexuality was just a stupid joke. While I was reading I felt like all the so called ‘diversity’ was being shoved down my throat. It’s just my opinion but I think there’s better subtler and more elegant ways for these things to be properly represented. A way to give things purpose.
The actual war finally began and the way the author described the battles was easy to imagine. I liked the addition of the Weaver, Bone Carver, and Bryaxis to the fighting team. The last battle was intense and I loved seeing everyone use their full power and go berserk on the enemy.
I was so taken aback by the death of the Suriel! At first I thought:oh of course we need one encounter with the all-knowing creature. But then when it was shot and I began realising it’s mortality. I never really considered the Suriel to be anything but a monster but reading about its death made me realise that I was mistaken! I couldn’t believe it but I began crying when it asked to not die alone!! I think I mourned its death more than anyone else’s in the whole series.
All the allies appeared finally from the Continent. Although I didn’t get how Vassa who was cursed managed to escape and how the Archeron dad just came with his own Armada and conveniently knew that the other Queens betrayed them.
I’m glad Amren was unleashed onto the world because ever since her dreadful powers were mentioned in the previous book I was curious to see what they were. I would’ve preferred letting Amren go because even though she was a great character, she might’ve been the sacrifice needed to win the war.
Drakon, Miryam, and Jurian seemed like great characters but we got to see so little of them and learned so little of their stories which was disappointing. I wanted to see a resolution to their fight but maybe that’s because other books might focus on them? I don’t know.
I kept hearing about how Tamlin’s arc would be great and how he’d redeem himself but I saw very little to prove that. He did save Feyre that one time, convince the Autumn Court to join and give valuable information against the enemy. But I didn’t see enough to say that he’s changed and that he can now move on with his life and be happy.
I feel like I’ve been too critical reviewing this book but I’ve been teaching myself to notice these things. I do love the A Court of Thorns and Roses series which is why I felt like I had to be completely honest. Despite all these flaws I found in ACOWAR, it’s somehow still a 4-star book and I really had fun reading it, regardless of whether things were properly explained or were too rushed. I enjoyed it and it didn’t feel like a waste of time and that’s what matters the most.
Did you read this book? Do you agree with my review? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to discuss further details with you.