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“The stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses.
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”
WOW! This book was really fantastic. I have been a fan of Maas since I read the Throne of Glass series and I always enjoy her writing. While I enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, I didn’t love it. After finishing ACOMAF, IT ALL MAKES SENSE. Every relationship, every conversation in ACOTAR was perfectly placed to set the scene for the sequel. I really wasn’t a huge fan of Tamlin, and Feyre’s relationship with him felt forced at times. That being said, I was very happy with the direction the sequel went!
Feyre’s character development through the book was phenomenal. I am amazed at how Maas seamlessly touched on some very heavy topics of PTSD, depression and abusive relationships in a fantasy novel. Feyre was truly broken after the events with Amarantha Under the Mountain. Forced to kill innocents and tortured both physically and mentally- Feyre is left feeling empty. Much of this novel focuses on Feyre working through that depression and emptiness and it is a very realistic and beautiful journey for her! We also get to see her adjusting to her new Fae body and the new abilities that come with it.
I loved all the new characters we were introduced to in the Night Court and I am so glad we got to see more of Rhysand! Maas does and excellent job of developing her supporting characters. We also learn a lot more about Prythian outside of the Spring Court.
Even though this book focused very heavily on relationships and character development, there was no lack of action! With war from the King of Hybern quickly approaching, Feyre and friends must find a way to fight him. We get to see some Summer Court, flying Illyrians, water-wraith action and it all makes for some very exciting scenes!
Finally, the romance was steamy. I always love a slow-burning romance and I was not disappointed here. Overall, a great read and I would highly recommend! Especially if you were not 100% sold on ACOTAR. Please, trust me and read this.