“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.” ― Sarah J. Maas,
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. – Goodreads
Caitlynn: ACOMAF still holds the title of favorite book currently and re-reading this for a third time didn’t change that for me. There were so many things that I just wasn’t expecting and that just blew me away when I read this. Maas truly draws you in and doesn’t let go at any time in this book. 5/5 stars!
Eden: This is the third time I read ACOMAF. It was one of the few times that I actually wanted to rush through this book simply because I wanted to get to ACOWAR at that point. Like I say in the discussion, this will probably be the last time I read ACOMAF simply because I’m worried I’ll continue to pick it apart and turn into a book I don’t love as much. Unsurprisingly, I’ve rated it 5/5 stars.
Jenn: I’m so glad that we got to reread this book for a discussion post. I absolutely loved reading this book the first time. The second read through really enabled me to notice and appreciate new things about the book. I got to see somethings in a different light since I knew what to expect. There were somethings I noticed this time that I was not a huge fan of. However, I would still recommend this book. 5/5 stars.
Eden: Ok, ACOMAF… How many times have you guys read now?
E: Three for me as well.
C: Once was an audio book for me.
E: How did you feel after reading it this time?
J: I enjoyed it just as much this time, but I do think I was more critical of it this time, knowing what to expect and having had more time with each of the characters. It pointed out a lot of the things that bothered me throughout the writing, like the same ploys being used over and over again and same phrases over again. But I did enjoy it just as much, I would keep it at my 5-star rating.
C: I like it because you get to pick up different things each time you read it. It’s almost like it’s a whole new book. At the same time, it’s not like I can just fly through this book I have to sit there and read every single word because I will miss something.
E: That’s what I told Jenn, it was taking me a little longer to finish than I wanted to and it frustrated me because I HAVE to read every word on the page even though it’s my third time re-reading it.
C: It’s almost more important now.
E: Yeah. I’m still kind of going through it the same way I would be with a book I haven’t read before.
J: And you’re a more meticulous reader than a lot of people. I read every word on the page, but my brain fills in if something doesn’t make sense the first time I read it, my brain just connects the dots and makes a word that would make sense there. The back of the palm thing didn’t bother me because my brain already changed it to the back of the hand.
E: So, a backstory on the back of the palm issue… the back of the palm is something I noticed when I re-read ACOMAF and I couldn’t figure out what the back of the palm was. I definitely think you’re right Jenn. Like Jenn, I’m much more critical with each read that I go through the book. I don’t think I would re-read this book again just because of how something new that bothered me popped up each time. It’s not anything big, it’s still a 5-star read and one of my favorite SJM books.
C: Honestly, I feel like it’s the opposite for me because I was going into this book really not looking forward to the Illaryium war camp back story because it was so boring to me the first two times reading it. When I got to it this time, I’m not sure what clicked, but something was so much more interesting to me now. I just liked it more this time.
E: I got more annoyed with the interactions at times and certain things just kind of irked me.
J: I think what made me a little more critical when re-reading it this time was the fact that we just read Empire of Storms and there were similarities between the two books so I saw a lot more of those similarities reading it this time.
E: I agree with that entirely. There were so many elements between those two books that were so similar.
E, also: What elements are you guys enjoying while re-reading, though?
C: Mor! I just love her.
E: Me too.
J: I enjoyed reading through it and taking more time with different characters and seeing their characteristics. When I read it the first time, I recognized Amren’s statements but I didn’t fully appreciate how they came across. Knowing how she is overall, it helped me when looking back and seeing her as a full-bodied character. I liked her the first time, but I was so drawn by everything else going on to fully appreciate her as a character.
C: And you’re not meant to like her when you first meet her too, so when you re-read it’s so interesting to see her for what she actually is.
J: And I was so focused on Mor and Azriel the first time because they were so new and interesting that this time I got to actually focus more on Cassian and Amren and appreciate them more.
E: I focused a lot more when I was reading on Nesta and Elain this time so that I could get a better feel for what to expect when we go to ACOWAR. Reading it kind of just upped my excitement factor, I was so excited to read the next chapter and read the next book.
C: I find myself not really focusing on Rhys and Feyre’s relationship as much. Like obviously it’s a main focal point of the novel, but I wasn’t constantly trying to figure out what was happening with them and what was going to come from it. I get to focus on the supporting characters and surroundings now.
E: Yeah, the first time you read it Feyre and Rhys have this interesting bond and you are curious, are they going to get together or are they meant to be just friends? Knowing where their relationship goes, it helps the reader relax and see everything surrounding them now.
C: And I think Maas did such a good job with that too.
E: Yeah, you get to see more interactions between Mor, Azriel and Cassian.
C: The part when Feyre meets the Dream Court for the first time. It was just such a great conversation and even on the third time reading it, it still gave me all the feels as the first time reading that interaction. How excited I was for Feyre to join these people.
J: I agree.
E: Me, too.
E, also: Anything you guys want to address in particular?
J: What color is her hair?!
C: It’s golden brown…
J: But in the first book the mercenary says to Feyre that she should be able to tell that Nesta and Elain are her sisters because of her “brassy” hair. Yellow-blond color… Half the time, they would talk about the gold in her hair and the brown in the hair. I can’t see how she can have both.
C: I don’t think that bothered me because I saw a more golden brown hair…
J: I don’t know, I think I read through it so quick, she said brassy hair and I was like “ew” and then every time they talked about it after that I was like “what color is her hair?!”
E: I love that Jenn’s hang-up is hair, mine is back of the palm… What is yours Caitlynn?
C: I don’t know…
E: No hang-up for Caitlynn.
C: I don’t want there to be a hang-up!
E: Everyone has to have at least one hang-up per book.
J: Also, every time she talks about people’s eye colors and these ugly color combinations that they people wear.
E: Teal and gold, always teal and gold!
J: She wore pants that had gold bands around the ankles and was teal.
C: I think it would be a cute outfit!
J: Uh-huh, you wear it!
E: When we meet Tarqin, he was wearing teal and gold.
E: Also, everyone has crushing blue eyes.
J: Rhys has violet eyes.
C: How does someone have violet eyes…
J: Maas has grown so much as a writer since starting Throne of Glass. Like the idea of relationships as a 16 year old is a lot like Feyre and Tamlin’s relationship.
C: I was thinking about that reading it this time to, it just seemed like such an immature relationship and reasoning for Feyre when she was with Tamlin and then in ACOMAF she realizes that she thinks she felt that way towards Tamlin because he was the first person to show her this level of kindness.
E: I like that she recognized that in the story. I think too often if there is a broken relationship in a book, it’s often because one of the people in the relationship was purely evil. But Feyre recognizes that no, he was who he was when I fell in love with him and then she realized that she grew up.
E, also: So yeah, I think we can really appreciate Maas’ writing in ACOTAR because she has true growth in her characters.