ACOTAR 5 and Its Overarching Plot
This post is my opinion regarding the next book's overarching plot. If you are not an Elriel shipper then I suggest you not read it. I don't want to cause any drama than necessary.
“Even though each one of this book is a standalone that features like it’s own couple there is that overaching thing..an overarching plot that now starting to build” (SARAH ACOSF TOUR INTERVIEW)
It is safe to say that the continuation of the spin-off will be like Nessian’s book: having a dual POV between a couple with an overarching plot that will connect each book. Thus, the book will be either Elriel, Gwynriel, or Elucien that will get their happy ending in the end.
One thing that I notice about how Sarah used her characters is that it is always the female that has the most impact and moves the plot forward.
You don’t see Cassian retrieving the dread troves which proven to be impactful for the entire plotline of ACOSF or Rhysand summoning the book of breathing in ACOMAF now do you?
Sarah tends to write a female character as the lead with a male supporting character. The only instance of her using a male character as kind of the main character is in the Tower of Dawn, which of course it is can be skipped over since it is not very impactful for the next installment.
What is the overarching plot then? The overarching plot is the main conflict of the series, which like Sarah has said, is starting to build in ACOSF.
Who seems to be the biggest threat for our characters in this spin-off of ACOTAR? Koschei. Koschei’s defeat is the resolution of the entire series. All our favorite characters have to deal with Koschei in the last book.
Like Nesta, our next female lead must have a direct or indirect canon (not merely a theory anymore at this point) connection with Koschei. As of now, the dread troves are our character’s relation to Koschei. Here’s a quote that suggests our main character relations to Koschei via the dread troves:
“But Amren answered. “No one really knows the full scope of the Trove’s powers. Beyond freeing him from his lake, Koschei may very well know something about the Trove that we don’t—some greater power that manifests when all three are united.” (ACOSF, CHAPTER 20)
Koschei wanted to collect the troves to free him from his lake so it is our main character’s mission to stop him, find the missing fourth trove before he got it, and figure out the full scope of the Troves’ powers.
Also, here are quotes from the book, that suggest the conflicts that will be covered in the next books and none of them is an Illyrian conflict since our characters are in a bit of a tight time to deal with Koschei:
“...Yes, they’d have to figure out what to do with the entire Dread Trove now that they possessed all three objects. How Nesta had summoned it despite the spells Hellion had placed on the other two.. He’d think of that another day. Along with the fact that she’d stopped Time with the Harp. And that she seemed to have some sort of connection—or understanding—with the Mother. The Mother.” (ACOSF, CHAPTER 78)
“...”Later,” she promised. “We’ll deal with all that later.” Including the remaining queens, Koschei, and a still-looming war.” (ACOSF, CHAPTER 78)
Similar to Nesta, our next female lead character has to have a villain to win over as a subplot from the conflict with Koschei (I'm saying this through the pattern that Sarah has set with Nesta and Bryallin). As I’ve said, Koschei’s defeat is going to be told in the final book.
Now, when I read ACOSF, I was confused as to why Sarah made Beron seeking an alliance in Bryallin. Bryallin was in the continent, surely if Beron wanted a more useful ally he should’ve looked inside Prythian itself. It is canon that he seek Bryallin’s alliance because he had the same ambition as her. Alas, Beron is set to be a villain for our main character to trump over.
“But no one had been able to decide which was the biggest threat for them: Briallyn and Koschei, or Beron’s wilingness to ally with them. While the Night Court has been trying to make the peace permanent, the bastard had been doing his best to start another war.” (ACOSF, CHAPTER 8)
Now, with Bryallin’s dead, do you think Beron going to stay quiet? Sarah made Beron seeking an alliance with Bryallin to make him a villain. And just like Bryallin he needs to be dealt with so that the entire conflict of the ACOTAR world is resolved so that our characters got their happily ever after.
Unlike the remaining queen conflicts, Beron's conflict is the only one that is mentioned and foreshadowed enough (per-Blood Duel plotline and the constant Eris’ appearance). And unlike Illyrian’s conflict, Beron's conflict is an actual part of the overarching plot. Bryallin made an alliance with Koschei, thus indirectly introduced Beron to Koschei too. Also, here’s a canon line from the book:
“My father is furious that his ally is dead, but he’s not deterred. Koschei remains in play, and Beron might very well be stupid enough to establish an alliance with him too.” (ACOSF, CHAPTER 79)
Here’s a series of question that I am delivering to you,
Which one of the female character that is also made by the Cauldron and therefore has a connection with the troves thus indirectly Koschei?
Which one of the characters that can locate the fourth trove Nesta couldn’t find as well as having knowledge of Koschei’s box?
Which one of the couple’s storyline that will trigger Beron’s conflict into resolution?
Elain needs to be the next book's main character to bring the conflict to almost its peak (seeing the pattern of the original series with ACOMAF brings the conflict to a higher level).
Elriel will be together to trigger and resolve Beron before the conflict moves to Koschei.
Elain will not be the last book main character because they need to uncover the importance of the troves to Koschei and find the missing trove since Nesta cannot find it.
Elain will not be the last book main character because it will make more sense for Vassa to be the one who ends Koschei as she was cursed by him.
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