So, I am trash for this series, and I honestly cannot guarantee that my post will be spoiler-free, so if you have not read these books, or are reading them, and do not want to be spoiled, then please stop reading now.
I loved these books from the start, and the emotional rollercoaster that was A Court of Thorns and Roses. Despite not liking the Throne of Glass series (I am thinking of giving it another shot this year…), I was surprised that I ended up loving these books as much as I have. I will die for Rhysand so fight me if you think anything different.
Okay, so about the books. They focus on Feyre (Fay-ruh), the mortal who leeps her family alive by going out hunting for them and bringing them back food. However, mortal lives are constantly in danger, due to the Fae, with both human and Fae separated by The Wall. However, The Wall has holes in, and Fae are able to come through to the human lands. But one day, Feyre kills a wolf, and in turn, leads to a series of events changing her life completely. The wolf was a Fae, and his High Lord has come seeking atonement for Feyre’s actions, and she lets him take her into Prythian, the Fae lands.
Okay, so it doesn’t sound as good as I am making it out to be, but Feyre learns what love is, what it means to get out of abusive relationships (yes, Tamlin was abusive, as well as her human family), and find the best family and friends she will ever come to know. Feyre is the strong female character that I needed to read about, because there are times when, like Feyre, I do not believe I am as strong as I think I am.
Tamlin. I hate Tamlin. If there was a character who deserved everything he got, it is Tamlin. I don’t care what people say about him, he is a weak character, with nothing going for him except his servants, and Lucien.
Rhysand. I will fight for Rhysand until the day I die, because he is just…I have no words for how much Rhysand means to me. He is the embodiment of love and self-love and he has taught me that no matter when times are tough, you need humour. He taught Feyre, as well as myself, that men do not control women, and that we are equals. He taught me that I need to be able to love myself. He taught me that love can be a sacrifice, but if you are with someone who loves you just as fiercely, then that bond is unbreakable.
Azriel and Cassian. I liked them as soon as I met them, and they are opposites, but so right together. I want to see them as a couple. End of. I need a m/m Fae romance with these two, so if anyone knows of any fanfic, I’m ya girl, so hit me up.
Mor. My queer princess. I didn’t like her to begin with, but ACOWAR just made me love her unconditionally. The queer rep is how so many young people feel, and I hope, in the friendship between Mor and Feyre, other queer beans are able to feel like everything will be okay. Plus Helion being bisexual/pansexual. I am down for a f/m/m fanfic with him Feyre and Rhysand in the future.
There are so many stories I want to read about surrounding my night court family. Yes, family. This series makes me want to be a better me. To love myself. Embrace my sexuality. Not be ashamed to be LGBTQIAAPT+ but to be proud. This series just makes me so damn emotional. I dislike Sarah J Maas for making me care this much about characters.
But I will be sat here, on my mound of dislike, ready and waiting for book 4 to be released in May this year…