“I am the rock against which the surf crashes.” Nesta straightened at the words, as if they were a prayer and a summons. Gwyn lifted the blade. “Nothing can break me.”
Rating: 2/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
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.
Yep, you’re reading that right. It’s me back on my blog writing a review after three months and not only that but a rant review about one of my most anticipated reads of 2021…if not ever. So, clearly we’re off to a great start this year.
This review WILL CONTAIN MAJOR SPOILERS so please read at your own risk if you haven’t finished or picked up the book. But to adequately rant (like, truly rant) about all the ways this book didn’t work for me we just need to air it all out without an vague mentions of what went down in this book.
My biggest problem with this book started and ended with Rhys and Feyre. Y’all, I truly do NOT care about them anymore. They had their time to shine and they did…so can we please move on? The second I read about Rhys having his shield up around Feyre so no one could detect her scent I was 1000% sure she was pregnant and pissed the fuck off because I knew somehow this was going to circle all the way back around them. And sure enough Rhys went off to be an absolute piece of garbage and not tell Feyre that she would die delivering their child since it had wings. So, when Nesta FINALLY has her big moment to show how much she’s grown as a character it’s overshadowed by Feyre going into labor and almost dying. Which pissed me off in itself, however, I made it 730 pages and nearly put this book down because of how triggering it was. A warning would have been nice instead of having to read about a lifeless child being born because some of us have actually been dealt that shitty card in life and would rather not have to relive those moments. I was truly ready to vomit and ended up having to skim those pages.
Next up, and almost just as disappointing was the romance between Nesta and Cassian. I have loved them since day one and was so looking forward to watch their love story unravel. On one hand, I loved the physical aspect of it. SJM upped her smut game for sure in this one but that’s pretty much where it ended. There was something major missing between the two of them that left me feeling next to nothing for them and all the tension between the two of them in the prior books was so far out the window. Truly a letdown and please don’t even get me started on how abysmally underwhelming the “mate” reveal was.
Third, was Nesta’s growth. Just like I loved Nesta and Cassian together, I loved Nesta by herself. She’s always been one of my favorite characters in this series even when she was a shitty person. So, I was always looking forward to the day when we would get Nesta’s story because she needed a major glow up growth wise and usually SJM is really great at writing good, solid growth in her characters. But again, this fell so short that majority of it just seemed physical instead of mental. While I’m aware she has a lot of growing to do and this book was essentially her realizing that it leads me to wonder…did we really need 750 pages just to get to that point? I think not.
The only, and when I say only I really mean it, thing I thoroughly enjoyed in this story was the “Valkyrie” training and the friendship that Nesta, Emerie, and Gywn had. I was flying through the part were the girls were thrown into the Blood Rite and cheering them on to make it all the way to the top of Ramiel. But that’s basically it…and to get that little enjoyment in 750 pages is just a total fail for me.
Of course, even though this book totally didn’t cut it for me and left me beyond furious (Rhys & Feyre, I’m looking at you) I’m still a clown and will buy the next book when it comes out because I need to see what in the hell SJM is doing with these characters. Specifically Mor..why was she nonexistent this entire book? And Azriel… are him and Elain mates or not? Because I will riot if they are, he deserves so much more than miss garden girl.
Okay, rant over and I promise I’ll be back soon with more reviews!
Until next time,