I don’t know if you will answer this question because I know that you no longer follow this series but when I reread ACOMAF this passage (of Rhys) intrigued me ; he said during the meeting with the mortal Queens this : “Why I fought for your people in the War—only to begin my own supposed reign of terror once I ascended my throne, and ensured everyone heard the legends about it.” so do you think that if it wasn’t for his reputation, he wouldn’t have fought in the war ?

No, I think the point he’s making is that if he was really as awful as everyone said, why would he have fought on their side? He’s telling them that the rumors about his “reign of terror” are just rumors and legends, if that makes sense.

(part 1) How old do you think Rhysand are (not in years but physically speaking) ? I know it’s strange but I always wondered if there was a “correlation” between physical appearance and the age of the immortals from a certain age ? For example Tamlin is described at the beginning of the story as someone very young and at the end of ACOTAR when his mask falls, Feyre says of him that if he had been a human he would be in his thirties.

(part 2) Rhys “physical age” is not mentioned in the story (unless I missed a scene) yet he gives the impression of being older than Tamlin in appearance while there is not a big difference in age (in years) between the two (Tamlin has been a child during the war so he must have been about ten years old and we know that Rhys was in his thirties during this period) ? I know it’s strange but I always asked myself these kinds of questions ^^“

You’re right that we know he’s older than Tamlin by about 20-50 years (it’s never stated, but I tend to put him at around 550). Tamlin, at around 500 years old, looks to be in his late twenties, so Rhys at 550ish would look around the same or in his early thirties. I put him at 30 in my Modern AU fic. Of course, SJM is not at all specific about when Prythian fae stop aging (she mentions it in ToG, but not ACOTAR). So it’s really anyone’s guess, but the only thing that seems to fit is that late twenties, early thirties range. 


Hello Sara ! =) It’s not really a question and I know that maybe I will be criticized but I still have some issues with Feyre and Rhys, I mean when I read ACOMAF they’re are my goals (more toward the end though) and they shared a healthy relationship but when I go back to ACOTAR I still feel that awkward feeling when it comes to Feyre and Rhys interactions. I know it was all “a mask” for Rhys part and maybe it was the way Feyre described but still I don’t know what to feel about that sometimes..

That’s okay! You’re not alone in this, and frankly, it’s healthy to criticize it! Feyre as the narrator accepts Rhys’s explanation, and because the book is written from her perspective, the audience is encouraged to accept it, too. But there’s such a thing as unreliable narrators, and it’s perfectly valid to question the origins of their relationship, how Rhys treated her even under the mask, and how that developed into the relationship they ended up in. You’re not wrong for wondering about it, and you’re not wrong for being a little uncomfortable, either!

So I know I’m probably going to have a lot of hate following this comment and maybe it’s not the better place to talk about it (even if I like your blog and your understanding personality) but now that I finish the ACOTAR series, I still wonder why Rhysand was Amarantha whore ? I mean Velaris was protected by a magic barrier (just like some place in the Winter court) and I don’t think the fact that make love to Amarantha “distracted” her to searched for a way to “broke” Rhys. (part 1)

Also when Rhys insinuated that Amarantha abused him I don’t think it was rape or abuse (following the official definition of it) because he was more than consenting and we don’t even know if he really disliked it; there wasn’t any “actions” that proved otherwise but just some words from his part. I don’t want to justify anything of course but I still have a doubt about the accuracy of the relationship he and Amarantha shared and if I’m wrong about something I truly want to apologize. Thank you.

Okay, yeah, I understand that you’re just trying to figure things out, but this sounds a lot like rape apology, so you do need to be careful when talking about things like this. Whether or not Rhys’s decision to subject himself to Amarantha makes sense from a narrative perspective isn’t really the point in this case. Taken as it is in the text, Rhys was still very much Amarantha’s victim. Yes, he had his own reasons involved in the scheme, but it was clear throughout Rhys’s recounting of events that he really didn’t want to participate. He also describes in both ACOTAR and ACOMAF in great detail how very much under her power everyone Under the Mountain was. 

I waited. But he [Rhys] shook his head. “Even if I felt like helping you, I couldn’t. She gives the order, and we all bow to it.” He picked a fleck of dust off his black jacket. “It’s a good thing she likes me, isn’t it?”

  I opened my mouth to press him—to beg him. If it meant instantaneous freedom—

  “Don’t waste your breath,” he said. “I can’t tell you—no one here can. If she ordered us all to stop breathing, we would have to obey that, too.”

ACOTAR pg. 301

He has no power to deny Amarantha anything. Without an option to say no, there is no consent, regardless of what Rhys’s long game is. He was far from “more than consenting” and we definitely know he disliked it. 

“But for fifty years—whenever I was inside her, I’d think about killing her. She had no idea. None. Because I was so good at my job that she thought I enjoyed it, too.”

ACOMAF pg. 433

You claim that there aren’t any “actions” that prove he wasn’t consenting or didn’t dislike it. What about when he tried to kill Amarantha? Or this line, in ACOWAR?

Rhys murmured, “If she …” His swallow was audible. “If she showed up at this house …” I knew who he meant. “I would kill her. Without even letting her speak. I would kill her.”

ACOWAR pg. 249

Further, the suggestion that a rape victim needs to act in order to be believed, and that their words are not enough, is a very dangerous thing to say. The U.S. Department of Justice’s updated definition of rape says, “physical resistance is not required on the part of the victim to demonstrate lack of consent.” Claiming otherwise is the very thing that has allowed rape and sexual assault to be so ingrained in our society. “Why didn’t she say anything sooner?” “Why didn’t he fight her off?” “How do we know they’re telling the truth?” If you look at the #MeToo movement, this is exactly the kind of thing they’re trying to fight against. 

SJM’s use of sexual assault as a thread in her series might not be baked all the way through, and there’s certainly some things you can criticize there from a narrative perspective. But in this case, Rhys was clearly a victim of Amarantha, he clearly was not consenting, and he clearly did not like it. Again, I understand that you’re trying to figure this out and mean no harm, but this is an important thing to learn when discussing a difficult topic like this. Believing a victim is, as a rule, a far better take than disbelieving them.  

Hi ! How are you ? First of all I must say that I really like your blog and all your analyzes. And I have a question : in ACOWAR, after the High Lords meeting, when Rhysand proposed to have a threesome with Feyre and someone else do you think it was a joke or that he was truly serious about it ? I would like to know your opinion about it, if you want to give it to me ? Thank you in advance ! :)

Hello! I’m good–currently drowning in exams I have to grade, but otherwise good! 

When I was in the fandom, I was 100% in the camp that though Rhys (and definitely Lucien) were bisexual. So I’d see him actually being into it. I infamously wrote a fic about it, but I’m kind of embarrassed by that one, so I won’t link it (though it’s not impossible to find if you’re determined). 

Top Five Wednesday


Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Every week, join me and other bloggers/booktubers as we discuss our Top 5 Books according to the theme from the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group! This group, started by @thoughtsontomes and @gingerreadslainey, has prompts every week.


Characters you swooned over when you were younger.

#5 – Edward from Twilight

Yes. I was a card-carrying, t-shirt-wearing member of Team Edward. Let us speak no more of the subject.

#4 – Fang from Maximum Ride by James Patterson

I definitely had a “dark and brooding” phase when I was a preteen, so Fang fit the bill in a lot of ways. I shipped “Fax” and wrote fanfiction about them, and I definitely imagined myself in Max’s shoes from time to time. I never finished the series because I got annoyed with the meandering plot, but I do think fondly back on my Maximum Ride, Fang-crushing days.

#3 – Prince Caspian from Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

From here on out, I’m going to get really predictable. But yes, I was definitely very fond of Prince Caspian when I was younger. I thought he was brave and dashing, but also deeply kind. I remember getting miffed when they tried to pair him with Susan in the movie. 😛

#2 – Prince Char from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

How could anyone not have a crush on Char? He was like, a dream come true. Actual Prince Charming. And the slow-burn romance between him and Ella was so important to me when I was young. He only barely loses to my #1 pick, but they’re by the same author, so you can tell I have a type.

#1 – Rhys the Wizard from The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

Do you think I have a thing for guys named Rhys? I’m telling the honest-to-goodness truth when I say that my first book crush was Rhys the Wizard from The Two Princesses of Bamarre. I thought he was so kind, so sweet, and always there for Addy, and I was quite obsessed with him for a while. 

I’m so curious to know what your nostalgic boyfriend/girlfriends are! I’m a bit surprised that nothing from Harry Potter really came to mind, but I guess I just had a different relationship with those books (I did crush on the actors, though). Did you have a “type” when it came to your fictional crushes? Share in the comments or reblog!

I miss Rhys, too… The ACOMAF version of his, where he was the perfect feminist and ideal guy… and then ACOWAR came and she destroyed every good thing about him (making me think more and more that someone else wrote two first novels) We can always say that we love Rhys that was suppposed to be! (and yeah, I didn’t buy Warren’s redemption, as well xD)

Alas, poor Rhysand, we knew him well … 

Top Five Wednesday


Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Every week, join me and other bloggers/booktubers as we discuss our Top 5 Books according to the theme from the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group! This group, started by @thoughtsontomes and @gingerreadslainey, has prompts every week.

Today, the theme is PROBLEMATIC FAVES!

Characters you don’t want to love, but you can’t help liking.

#5 – Nyx from Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Nyx is an unlikable heroine if there ever was one, but I still really root for her in her story. She’s abrasive and sometimes lacks emotional intelligence, but she’s tough and her romance with Ignifex is so dynamic. I enjoy rereading this book from time to time for Nyx. 

#4 – Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury

Parting is such sweet sorrow. You all know I loved Rhys. He and Feyre were my OTP for a whole year. I eventually just became so burned by ACOWAR and so disillusioned by his entitled, toxic masculinity and faux-feminism that I had to let him go. But I’d be lying if I didn’t include him on this list of problematic faves. And I miss him. 😦

#3 – Warner from the Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

So, I never really bought into the total “redemption” of Warner that the fandom peddles because I think a lot of his behavior goes uncritiqued, but that’s what makes him one of my problematic faves! He’s the kind of YA love interest that I don’t want to see more of, but at the same time, Waaaaarrrrnnnneeeerrrrr. I die whenever he’s on the page in Ignite Me. So … I’m trash!

#2 – Sarkan from Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Sarkan is an ass, and he never really stops being an ass, but I LOVE HIM OKAY?! I wrote a whole 20,000 word fanfiction just so I could feel better about liking him. His relationship with Agnieszka isn’t exactly the healthiest but DAMN do I root for them! So yes, Sarkan = serious problematic fave.

#1 – Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I should not love someone this sketchy so much, but Jane Eyre remains my #1 go-to when I need a deep and compelling romance. Rochester is kind of a creep, he’s made terrible decisions, and he’s 100% problematic, but I really can’t bring myself to stop loving him and the part he plays in Jane’s story.

Who are your problematic faves? I know they abound in the book world, but maybe your problematic faves come from TV or movies! Whatever they are, feel free to share in a comment or reblog! 

so with that last batch of rhycien headcanons, i realized that you picture them both as princes, whereas i always pictured it w rhys as a v young high lord and lucien still an autumn prince. but now this begs the question: does rhys’ family know about this affair?? did he get an awkward, formal letter from his father being like “it is inappropriate as crown prince to be spending your generous allowance that comes from the royal treasury on sex gifts for your equally inappropriate paramour. (1/?)


this is…… So Good. where to start.

ok well first of all Rhys’ dad definitely knows about the gifts. he employs the best spies on the continent, and one of them has the unfortunate job of reporting to the high lord of the night court what his ridiculous heir is getting into this week. but Rhys is wise to this, and so has his own spies deliberately leaking increasingly ridiculous rumors about who, specifically, his lover is, so that by the time Dad hears that it might be Beron’s youngest son that’s getting this fucking portrait, that sounds exactly as unlikely as half the other people on the list, so he essentially gives up with a “whatever, as long as no one’s about to enact political sabotage on us because you’re sending their spouse dick pics, it’s fine” (i do love the letter u wrote tho LMAO)

(Rhys’ dad is smart as hell but No Fun At All and he got saddled with the most absurd charismatic overdramatic scheming son,,,,, the high lord of the night court is Tired)

Rhys’ mom supports rhycien fully and probably has met lucien and likes him very much. (it wasn’t like super official or anything because Rhys is trying to play it Cool. u know how it is.) and I support everything u said about Rhys’ sister. They are partners in crime and she helps get Dad off the scent but suggesting people Rhys might be fucking that he definitely isn’t. She and Mor go shopping for the worst sex toys they can find for Rhys to send Lucien and it’s beautiful.