So I just finished this sucker, and I needed a couple of days (actually weeks) to start anything, just kind of let my brain rest. I love the inner circle, and it was really nice to get a conclusion to all of the emotions and drama that encapsulated this series so dreamily.
It's been a long time, I think since Robin Hobb's The Liveship series, that I've been so fond of a trilogy. The character development has more to do with it than the actual story telling. A big tell for me is if you can feel sympathy for an almost irredeemable character, that shows great writing.
Okay, I'm all for diversity in writing, and I think Morrigan coming out was a good choice. At the same time though, there's something to leading on one of your close friends for FIVE HUNDRED YEARS. Come on girl. This shows some lack of empathy on your part. The whole situation needed a little more foreshadowing in my opinion too. I liked her and Feyre's bonding at the end, nice closure to the situation, even if it felt off creatively.
I...do and don't really like Nesta at this point. She's proven super mean and arrogant when she really has no reason to be. Her sister pretty much took care of them and now she resents the position she's in. Even when a hottie is chasing after her. The role of frost queen is sympathetic for only so long. I did enjoy her and Amren's friendship. It helped soften my opinion of Nesta a little.
As a reader it was quickly obvious to me that she was a SEER after coming out of the cauldron. Elain has never been a huge plot point for me, I view her as sort of annoying. A side character that really has nothing better to do than look pretty, at least until the end of the book when she kicks ass for a hot second. The situation with Lucien is what put me off though.
Ha Lucien, I called that you were going to come to the Night court before ACOWAR came out, and boy did you ever. Then SJM pulled a Choal on your ass. So one of my favorite characters was absent for the majority of this book, due to being sent out on a mission. Not that it helps his and Elain's situation, not to mention that it felt like Azriel (who I like) is moving in on Elain a bit (sort of a weird thing, but it works with their personalities). I missed you Lucien. Unlike------
You stupid idiot, I swear to god. One of the most selfish characters I've read in a while.
You're mated to someone else? I don't care! I'm going to ransom our kingdoms and livelihoods so I can get you back and put you in a room again. Here's some paints. So gross.
The back and forth with his loyalties is twice as confusing. He sorta redeemed himself in the end, if you could call it that.
-Azriel and Cassian
Still the same good old boys, with a little more sass and courage.
Ha, I love her. Love love love. There really was only one way it could end, and it would be Amren turning into what she really was when they really needed it. Now I heard that SJM said that she was an angel of death or something or other, which kind of disappoints me because all of her foreshadowing clearly pointed to her being a dragon, but whatever. Her and Varian=super funny and romantic.
Did a lot of growing up in this book. She was independent and clever, and got the job done when it needed to happen. Wish her sisters could be as interesting.
Come on, you knew he was going to be last. In this book we actually get to see him lead and be strategic and act his age. A lot of things going on in this book are more political. I'm really glad this showed more of the war and fallout from their history, it helped show depth to his character instead of just stating all the things he had been through.
-Rhysand turning into a dragon/wyvern thingie. OMG. Feyre you are mated to the most powerful being in your realm girl. That's got to be a little sexy.
-Nesta screaming for Cassian, luring him away from his death. That scene was pretty intense.
-Amren turning into her true form and kicking ass. Then Rhysand telling them to fish her out of the cauldron. I loved that she came back normal, giving away her otherness to come back to them.
-All the scenes with the Bone Carver. It was intriguing, not to mention amazing, when he actually got into the field. I didn't understand why he and his sister didn't go at it though, and the fact that he was afraid of her didn't really make sense when it appeared that she mourned him.
-The whole library situation, and the thing at the very bottom of it. The story with Cassian cracked me up.
-Feyre's moment with the Ouroboros mirror. It was wonderful. I wish there had been more of it.
ACOWAR was everything and more. I wish there had been more character interaction between Rhysand and Feyre. There was a lot more going on with the war and other courts and they kind of got swept up into the story without a real full closure for them. Still, I love this series, and the characters, and it was a pretty good ending to this story arc and all the magic she flung at our hearts.