E-Book, 757 Pages
New Adult/ Fantasy/ Romance
By: Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“Your power is a song, and one I’ve waited a very, very long time to hear, Nesta.”
Whenever SJM releases a new book, you start seeing it everywhere related to books, whether it is GR, blogs, book twitter and even memes. I tried to read the book as soon as possible not because I was super excited but because I know some people got zero chills and can’t help but spoiling it for others. And to give you a better idea of Sarah’s success I am gonna provide some numbers here: She sold more than 10 million copies, her books are translated into more than 37 languages, her net worth is around 40 million dollars according to Google and ACOSF, her books that just has been released already has 27K ratings over on GR which takes some books years to reach.
I am saying all of the above because I understand that SJM is not perfect and no one said she is. I don’t consider myself a SJM stan and I gave her books all kind of ratings from very bad to excellent according to me! And the important thing is that this is highly subjective, some readers enjoy her books and some don’t which is totally cool. The not cool part is shitting on people who reads her books. The thing is I know this review won’t change much, Sarah will continue releasing books, her readers will continue to read them and the SJW will continue doing their job.
I will try to keep this spoiler free and if there are spoilers I will point that out and hide them. But if you have not read the original trilogy then don’t continue this review because you will get spoiled. The story takes place after the events of the last book and it is a full novel focusing on Nesta and Cassian. Nesta is kind of traumatized after the events of the last book and she’s specially affected by her father’s death. She goes into a self destructive cycle which makes Feyre and Rhysand involved to help her. In addition to that there are some issues from the last books that are further explored like the human Queens and the political problems within the different courts.
Now here is the thing with SJM stories, I think they have the romance part and the fantasy part. I am a bigger fan of the later part and the first part can sometimes be too cheesy for me! To be honest, this entity is the filthiest and has the most smut in all of SJM books. I think this is not appropriate at all for younger readers.
The writing was typical SJM writing, Sarah has the ability to keep you hooked and entertained throughout the story even if it is a 700+ book. There were readers who finished the whole book in one day!!!!! I also believe that Sarah listens to her readers, there was certainly less purring in this one but there were definitely moments that made me cringe. I am not the biggest fan of terms like “Mate, territorial and primal” which are used. Also the character’s ability to smell each other and know who had sex with who always made me cringe and I don’t think it is romantic at all.
Another thing I like about the book is the world building, I kind of enjoy the lore and the settings of the world. The magical house in this book was a great addition and I don’t know if it can be considered as a character but I loved it and saw that many readers did too.
“She was a wolf who had never learned how to be a wolf, thanks to that cage humans called propriety and society. And like any maltreated animal, she bit anyone who came near.”
And speaking of characters, it should be mentioned that this is a character-driven book. I think SJM taker her time to explore characters and trying to expose them to all kind of stuff and also giving us an insight to their backstories so that when the actual plot happens, it is empowered by the reader caring about the character.
Nesta grows a lot throughout the book, she starts as someone who is in a dark place, self destructive and cold and we see her slowly becoming a better person through the book. I loved her relationship with Emerie and Gwynn. I tend to like SJM’s platonic love dynamics! However, I thought that Nesta was sometimes not treated fairly and no one acknowledged that fact and they just ganged up against her.
Cassian is also good, But I wish Sarah’s males were a bit different and more distinct from one another. Rhysand, Rowan and now Cassian kind of sounds the same with their big wings and bigger cocks. We understand that they have “rippling” muscles and nice tattoos so I wish the author focused on their personalities rather than what we have outside. Az is actually a bit different from them and I want his book right now!!!
It is funny how Rhysand was insufferable in this book, and not just to us as readers but also the different characters pointed that out whether by speaking it out loud or rolling their eyes…etc.
The plot is there but I feel there were multiple subplots rather than one main plot line. I think after reading 10 of Sarah’s books I became very good at catching her foreshadowing which made almost all those plot lines predictable one way or another.
*** The Feyre and Rhysand sub plot was actually too dramatic in my opinion. I saw the pregnancy coming from before when I started the book but also there was a lot of exaggeration. At the beginning of Nesta’s training it is mentioned that she should train until the lactic acid is released whatever that means (The wording is very close to this) but then when we have a big baby, it becomes almost impossible to deliver it by cesarean delivery. The C-Section actually goes back to more than a thousand years ago so with the available Fey magic I found it hard to believe that it was not used. I felt that there were moments when the plot felt convenient to advance the story***
“Whatever you need to throw at me, I can take it. I won’t break.”
Summary: I think it is kind of a typical SJM story that will appeal to fans of ACOMAF. I liked the main characters and I liked their romance but not all the sex and focus on physical traits. I liked some of the sub plots but some of them felt too convenient or predictable for me. It was a gripping read and the last 10% was exciting and addicting. I want the next book to focus on Azriel so can anyone tell me it will be his book please?!