Published: February 16, 2021
Genre(s): fantasy, adult, faeries
Read as: hardcover, owned
Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.
The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.
Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.
Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms. (Goodreads)
“Your power is a song, and one I’ve waited a very, very long time to hear, Nesta.”
In case the gif isn’t clear enough, SPOILERS FOLLOW. MANY OF THEM!
Yes. Yes I did wait a long time, thank you book quote for pointing that out. And, for waiting that long for this book to come out, it sure was a crock of shit.
“But Amanda, you still gave it a 3 star review! How can you say something is bad and still give it a 3?”
Because I didn’t read 750 pages of faerie dick sucking just to give it a 2. It’s on principle. Just roll with me here.
Let me explain. I read the first two books in this series, A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury, and absolutely loved them. The writing kept me engaged, there was a delightful amount of fae smut, and there was an overarching story that I could follow and root for. A Court of Wings and Ruin was decidedly less interesting and I like to pretend Frost and Starlight doesn’t exist. Its better for my sanity this way.
However, Cassain and Nesta? My two absolute favorite characters from this series? Oh, I was pumped to read this! Cassain is strong and brash tends to think with his weapons and fists before his brain catches up with him. Nesta is my favorite of the female characters from the original trilogy. She had her ups and downs but she was a stubborn, harsh, bold, and horribly broken character and I loved her for that. I couldn’t wait to see how these two clashed and eventually came together.
What did I get instead of the story of two broken and soul-weary characters finding themselves and getting caught up in another plot to save the world?
A fae fellatio erotica.
Yup, that’s pretty much it.
Okay. That’s not IT but it is a huge part of it. I mean HUGE…which is a word brought up as frequently as possible to remind you that Cassian’s quivering member is as large as possible. Maybe even larger than that. And that he really likes it sucked. Anyway…
Outside of the absurd amount of dick licking and deep throating, we also have something that mildly resembles a plot. I mean very mildly. Rhy and Feyre are pregnant and they both become the most obnoxious characters that have ever existed in fae themed fantasy because of it. Rhy is just…well, he is an asshole. He is mean to everyone and it is his own damn fault. Pregnancy is something that often comes after a ridiculous amount of fucking which is pretty much the only thing he and Feyre seem to do since the war. What did he think would happen? So, Feyre is a delicate flower and Rhy is a prick of the non-quivering type. That is pretty much that for that sub plot.
Another supposed subplot is one of the evil queens from the first series obtaining a powerful magical object, teaming up with an uber otherworldly bad guy from the birth of the universe as well as Beron, and trying to take over the world. This subplot was, in a word, weak. The evil queen obtained a powerful magical object and mostly just spent the story coming up with a way to piss Nesta off. You know, I still don’t understand the purpose of that. That story was held together with hope and string and had so many convenient plot points, many of which often did not make sense, that it was laughable. It was all to add tension so Cassian and Nesta could fuck some more. Got old real quick.
Speaking of…so, if you recall in ACOMAF, when a fae pair accepts the mating bond it is a big deal. Big ole’ fuck fest and predatory male nonsense. Whelp. That was absent from this story line. Accepted mating bond occurs and everything is just peachy keen. Nothing to see here. For a book whose plot ran entirely on on various forms of intercourse the lack of it after the mating bond bullshit was nothing short of flabbergasting. Oh…AND…AND! A threesome was strongly hinted at and let me tell you I was all for it! However, it was mentioned once early on and never brought up again. Oh, okay.
Then there was the supergirl gang in which you could only become a part of if you had been physically, emotionally, and/or sexually abused. Yup, so, that was cool. I don’t even want to get into their storyline because it made me roll my eyes so much it hurt. Maas was really trying to ham it up on the “female empowerment” front the same way she tried to win LGBT points with Mor in ACOWAR. I wasn’t buying it. Speaking of Mor, she was conveniently absent for most of the story. She would show up at just the right time to winnow someone somewhere and say absolutely nothing or because there was another plot point that needed easy fodder but then disappear. Cool. Yup.
Overall, this book kind of sucked. Cassian and Nesta deserved better. Or at least less oral sex and more wings.