I just read ACOWAR. Completed ACOWAR … I can’t believe I just read ACOWAR!
If you have not read it yet, please do not proceed any further than this sentence, unless somehow spoilers get you more excited about reading it (spoiler paradox).
First, let’s talk about Tamlin. I know the order is messed up because Tamlin wasn’t the point of ACOWAR, but damn! If you hated him in ACOMAF, you’ll love him in ACOWAR (more on why later). He promised to change, and he tried, although his effort was kinda’ lame, partly due to Ianthe’s schemes.
Speaking of our most annoying b*tch, I thought for SURE Tamlin did it with Ianthe on Calanmai, but hell no! The Great Rite had to be done, and guess who did it? Tamlin refused to do it with anyone else, to our great surprise (because we thought he’d pursued Feyre partly for lust), and so LUCIEN had to do it! With ... Ianthe! Now that I’m talking about it it just sounds so … wrong! Like … I’m imagining the scene in my head right now and it is. So. Freaking. Wrong. Feyre felt like Tamlin was selfish in pushing Lucien to do it in his stead, but what do you expect him to do, Feyre? If he had personally f*cked Ianthe instead wouldn’t it give you more reason to hate him? I also feel sad and disgusted for Lucien, but still … If it was Rhys, what would Rhys do? He would never let his friends do it for him, even though they might insist, but Rhys’d never allow it. Rhys himself MIGHT do it, because he did it with Amarantha for 50 (?) years to save his court, so he will do it again if he had to. Because he is too “selfless”, as his friends and mate claim. He might do it, he might not (although because it's Rhys, everything he does will be "right" in everyone's eyes) ... I wouldn’t know for sure because doubts about my sense of judgment have bubbled up after my misreading Tamlin. What do you think?
Okay. So basically in ACOWAR most of the plot is focused on defeating Hybern. The high lords banded their forces in opposition to Hybern’s crazy enormous army, which supposedly stretched endlessly across the horizon. Finally! It was great to see all the high lords teaming up, because they always seem to be arguing. Tarquin made up with our Velaris peeps because he realized that they stole the Book for Prythian. Yay! I liked Tarquin a lot, so this was great news. As nice as blood rubies may be lolol.
And guess what? NEWS FLASH! The Morrigan is gay! I thought she was in love with Azriel because their relationship have been … strained? So I just presumed that they had to sort things out, because Azriel was obviously so in love with her. Mor being gay is unexpected because there weren’t hints leading up to that. Her finally embracing herself is great, though I can’t help but feel sorry for Azriel, who wasn’t told about this (though he might’ve suspected), and was strung along all this time. I loved the fighting between Feyre and Mor in ACOWAR, because best friends fight and we’ve seen the very first of it now!
I started off the book disliking Nesta because she was so difficult, but as the story progresses, she started to accept what has happened, and also stopped going against Cassian like a bull. She’s still not the most gentle woman, but her steel is part of her charm.
The best part about this book, to be honest, is the beginning, when Feyre was at the Spring Court. That was when most of the drama happened, and when we got to witness Feyre’s unparalleled badassness. She so carefully crafted and twisted every event, ruining Tamlin’s court from inside out. And I was sooooo relieved she decided to save Lucien from the Hybern lackeys Brannagh and who-knows-what-her-twin-brother’s-name-was. I’m normally anti-violence, but I’ve gotta’ say, for all she’s been through, kudos to Feyre for literally crushing Ianthe’s hands. But for all Tamlin has done, and what he will continue to do FOR Feyre, I feel bad for him, a teensy bit, for being betrayed by his lover(who turned out to be his arch nemesis' mate), his best friend (Lucien), and his whole court. I wonder how the story would’ve ended if he died in the war between Hybern and Prythian (as sacrifice or something). It would be sad, but it would redeem him completely, for sure.
Moving on ... I knew the Bone Carver and the Weaver was in the story for a purpose. Feyre and Rhys unleashed them on Hybern’s army, and although they were of great help, their deaths were pretty quick to come, for “invincible” and “ancient” immortals like them, that is.
And let us welcome the new “creature” called Bryaxis living at the deepest point of Velaris’ library. Feyre unleashed that guy too, the creature whose appearance put Cassian in utter shock for days. I was curious to see/read what it looked like, but Sarah apparently decided that it was better to leave us hanging when it comes to the so-called “most terrifying” creature Cassian had ever seen.
A background peep into why the Bone Carver helped the Prythian army out: he made an almost impossible request that Feyre retrieve the Ouroboros (a mirror that nobody who looked into it has ever walked away alive or sane from), claiming that the mirror will return him to his former otherwordly state (which he later admitted otherwise, saying it was to test Feyre’s will). Feyre did look into the mirror, but damnnnnn … this book is so rushed we don’t even get to know what Feyre saw in that mirror! I really wanted to know, but no, Sarah just had to glaze that part over with some vague sentences. Ugh. Was it intentional to leave us hanging once again? Not sure, but I really would’ve prefered to know the details. Anyway, as expected, Feyre did conquer whatever the mirror showed her when she looked into it.
Psst. BTW Amren and Varian. They finally did it, shamelessly and publicly, at that. So Amren-ish.
Hybern. As for Hybern. The King of Hybern, whose name is Hybern, who reigns over a country named Hybern … *ew* He certainly put up quite the smug front with his gigantic army and his possession of the Cauldron. But who’d expect him to be killed by Elain? Elain. Yes. Elain. WTF? The sweet Elain? If you piss a sweet girl off by killing her father and messing with her sister, you’ll get your ass kicked a thousand miles deeper than hell. Moral of the story, do not piss off sweet girls, especially THE Elain. BTW Elain killing Hybern didn’t take any effort on her part. She merely stabbed him. Like … whut?! Then they could’ve assassinated him a long time ago. I thought he had some defensive magic or something, but no. This whole situation is so messed up. LMAO.
And surely writing an ACOWAR review, we can’t dismiss Rhys’s death! I can’t say I expected it, because he was just hugging Feyre from behind, transferring his exhausted powers to her in order to revive the Cauldron. I just didn’t think that he could die from that. In fact I would have preferred Feyre to die (again! *rolls eyes*) just to glorify her sacrifice, and also because if Rhys died, Feyre would be so, so lonely (even though it works both ways … I’ll admit I’m a little biased towards members of my own gender). Luckily and unrealistically, Rhys was resurrected the same way Feyre was at Under the Mountain—the powers of all high lords, including Feyre’s own powers, and yes Tamlin’s too!!!!!!
“Be happy, Feyre,” Tamlin had said with a face void of emotions. We can’t say for sure but I have a feeling he still loves her, not that it matters anymore. He even saved her from Hybern, thus sabotaging his plan of getting close to Hybern on purpose. I feel better now that Tamlin has lived up to my expectations. My mild defense in favor of him in this post was justified! Anyway, was anyone else happy that Tarquin was the first high lord to contribute another sapling of his power to revive Rhys? I love Tarquin!
A tremendously disappointing part of this book is that we didn’t see any development between Lucien and Elain, which I was really looking forward to, because no matter how much ACOMAF antagonized Lucien, I still love him (and I justify why in this post). Nor did we have the honor to be graced with some Nesta x Cassian, and least of all Az x Mor (this ship’s dead now). The whole book focused a lot on Hybern, and although Nesta did show signs of warming up to Cassian, we obviously NEED MORE! This was at the end of the book:
2018? 2018? Are you serious? How am I supposed to wait …? The story is done, with a decent ending, so for now I can only assume that more “fae stories” means novellas? Elaboration of the ships I’ve been shipping? Please! Elain x Lucien! I need this. I freaking need this. This is my favorite ship besides Rhys x Feyre. Not even Nesta x Cassian can compare. Wait! Unless! Elain doesn’t end up with Lucien. Unless … Elain ends up with Az?! Wait wait wait what?! That is possible as well, as ACOWAR had proved to us. Is it normal that I ship Lucien with Elain as much as I ship Az with Elain? Is it just me? I love Elain too much! Now I know why Nesta is so protective of her.
Personally I feel like there is a lot squeezed into this one hella’ thick book, and there weren’t details on what we’d liked to know more about. Even Rhys’s death seemed rushed, and even though I love that everyone in Feyre’s so-called “family” ended up alive at the end—aside from her father; his short presence and swift death—I find it a bit forced (?) that Amren was fished out of the Cauldron when I thought for sure she’s a goner.
I liked ACOMAF better, but then I had a feeling it'd be hard for any book to top ACOMAF, even its sequel. Ending was unexpected, but I guess we should be celebrating the fact that Sarah kept our most beloved Velaris' peeps alive! I hope you find your happily ever after too, Tamlin! And of course, PLEASE! MORE ELAIN X LUCIEN or ELAIN X AZRIEL! I need to knowwwww!
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