Review: ACOWAR by SJM


She has left the Night Court – and her High Lord – and is playing a deadly game of deceit. In the Spring Court, Tamlin is making deals with the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees, and Feyre is determined to uncover his plans. But to do so she must weave a web of lies, and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As mighty armies grapple for power, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


Please note, this is a re-read review. I tried very hard to keep out any opinions I knew were influenced by the fact that I know what happens in the story later. Thus, spoiler warning ahead. Please don’t continue if you don’t want to be potentially spoiled.

“But this is war. We don’t have the luxury of good ideas — only picking between the bad ones.”


Feyre is back in the Spring Court, and manipulating them like it’s an art form. She’s finally standing up for herself while also making sure they pay for their decisions at the end of ACOMAF. Tamlin is yet again treating her like a possession and not a person and I have no sympathy. Lucien seems to have finally gotten his head out of Tamlin’s ass and is standing, or at least attempting to, up for what’s right and disagreeing with how Tamlin is handling things. Little do they know the viper they have in their midst…

Azriel and Cassian are my favorites. Their loyalty, their bravery, their ridiculousness. They’re just the best. I enjoyed seeing more of Azriel’s personality. His dry humor is fantastic. The dynamic between him and Mor is hard to read about. Once we find out Mor’s truth, I feel bad for both of them, but I also want to slap them both upsdie the heads because if they just talked about it, I’m 99% sure it’d work out. They both care about the other too much to let anything come between them.

The dynamic between Nesta and Cassian is so intriguing and I need more of it. They just fit together well. Nesta is prickly and aloof, Cassian is playful and dominant, and they both just butt heads so deliciously. They challenge each other in a way I don’t think they’ve ever been challenged and I don’t think they quite know what to do with it. As Rhys says, Cassian is going to have to make some tough decisions regarding his other personal relationships. And Nesta is going to have to learn to open up and trust if she wants anything to work with Cassian.

Elain had the most to lose during the ending of ACOMAF, so it makes sense she is suffering the most. Nesta is angry at the world, and justifably. Her protectiveness of Elain is nice. It’s almost like she’s overprotective of Elain because she knows Elain can’t protect herself, and she knows that Feyre can. Elain’s interactions with Azriel are really interesting. Az is probably the most intimidating and serious to those that don’t know him, yet he’s the only one Elain feels comfortable around. It’s just very interesting and I want to see where it goes. I do not ship them romantically though, sorry.

Tamlin is still a dick. He deserved what he got. Ianthe is also a dick. She also deserves what she got.

Leave it Feyre to make friends with all the nasty creatures. The Suriel is such a gossip but I love it. Everyone is so scared of it, yet here comes Feyre, just chatting away. The Bone Carver, the Weaver, and Bryaxis. All nasty creatures. Feyre’s new BFFs. It’s so fun to see how strong and independent Feyre has fought to become. And it’s refreshing that she’s still insecure and still has nightmares about her past trauma. She’s realistic and easy to relate to and easy to love.

Their father coming back, and bringing Vassa and Miryam and Drakon to the final battle. I don’t know if it helped the girls or hurt them. It seems like it helped Elain and Feyre, but maybe hurt Nesta. All she ever wanted was for him to step up and protect them. And then when he finally does… Well, it doesn’t quite work out. Between that and what happens with the Cauldron… Nesta is experiencing A LOT of trauma, and I’m not sure she really knows how to deal with it.

The battle scenes, specifically the final battle scenes, are just so raw and emotional. Sarah writes them fantastically. They feel realistic and traumatic and my heart was racing the entire time. You can really see the love that they all have for each other, and how willing each of them are to make sacrifices to save the others.

All in all, this book was action packed start to finish and never felt slow. It almost felt like a race to finish it, because I just couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. The story felt resolved, yet still open to more books. Obviously, but I think it would be fascinating to delve deeper into Vassa’s story. I also need more Azriel, more Lucien, more Morrigan, more Amren, so I think there’s still plenty left to write about in this world.

I’m off to read A Court of Frost and Starlight, so stay tuned for that review in the next few days!

Only 6 more days until ACOSF comes out!

Thank you for reading! If you’ve read ACOWAR, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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