ACOTAR 5 THEORIES!
I recently finished ACOFS and I am once again totally obsessed with the series. Like everyone else, I am very excited to see what the next book will bring, so I wanted to share a few of my theories.
The book will focus on Elain:
- I imagine this to be similar to both Feyre and Nesta’s books, with an Archeron having the main POV and the loves interests also getting some scenes. I feel like the secondary POVs will go to Azriel and Lucien (possibly with a bonus Gwyn POV scene).
- I think that SJM would definitely want to finish telling the Archeron sisters’ stories before moving onto any other character. Similarly, the bat boys (who, in their own rights, are brothers) would have their stories prioritized. Now that we have Feysand and Nessian done, the only ones left and Elain and Azriel.
- Now, let’s think about Lucien for a second. I’ve already deduced that Elain and Az would be focused on, but Lucien is also simply too important. He is Elain’s mate, something that should not be taken lightly in SJM’s world. Lucien will definitely need a POV for Elain’s relationships to develop.
- Gwyn might get a bonus scene, like the one we got in ACOFS from Feyre and Azriel (now that I think about it, we might even get another Nessian chapter for the next book!). Already, Gwynriel is becoming a super popular couple. It would make sense for SJM to eventually make the ship come true, especially with the cute scene we got in ACOFS.
- This topic is highly debatable, but I want to touch on it. SJM has stated that we have already met Elain’s love interest and that she thinks the next book’s main characters were pretty obvious by the end of ACOFS. I will be breaking down the possible relationships into three parts and analyze how they might work.
- Elriel: Elain and Azriel sound like they would make sense. Three brothers with three sisters. Even Az commented on this himself. But, personally, I am still doubtful. It would feel too convenient for Az to end up with Elain, especially when he still has lingering attchments to Mor. The bonus ACOFS scene showed that he is more in love with the idea of having Elain (or a mate) than Elain herself. He is simply jealous of his brothers, cementing his lack of self-worth. Then again, I understand why people would ship Elriel. They would be that cute, soft couple with beautiful gardens. But I’m still not going to go all the way and claim myself to be an Elriel shipper.
- Elucien: SJM loves mates. Almost all the couples that end up together in her books are mates and have extremely close bonds. But, fundamentally, mates are just used to produce the strongest offspring. Mating bonds can, in fact, be rejected. Lucien has gone through so, so much and I honestly think that he deserves some break and true love. Elain rejecting their bond would be awfully cruel to him, and I could not see her doing so. She is still kind and tries to avoid Azriel whenever Lucien is around. But then again, SJM may want to prove that not all mates are meant to be. I am conflicted on this relationship as well. On one hand, Lucien finally getting excepted by his mate and not being thrown away like he always is would be absolutely wonderful. On the other hand, Elain has shown no interest whatsoever on Lucien. I will say that that I prefer Elucien to Elriel, but I trust that I will fall for whatever ship SJM decides on.
- Gwynriel: Ever since Gwyn was introduced, this has become an increasingly popular ship, and I get why. Many theorize Gwynriel to be mates and reference the bonus scene. It definitely sounds nice, but I would like to see more interactions between Gwyn and Az before actually shipping them. It will be exciting to see new developments in the next book!
Dusk Court/The Prison:
- The Eighth Court, Dusk, being The Prison is actually a super popular theory that I wholeheartedly agree with. Seven is an uneven number, and Dusk is clearly missing from the courts. The visions that Nesta saw with the Harp might have been the court getting destroyed and becoming The Prison. This is further proven by the Pegasus being thought to have come from The Prison’s island (perhaps they would play a role in leading back to the Dusk Court). The whole event would have taken place long before written records and was forgotten over time.
- Elain would be the one to reopen the Dusk Court and save its people (somehow). I personally think that the Fourth Trove, which is heavily hinted to exist, is hidden somewhere within the fallen court. We should not underestimate Elain, especially since she was Made by the Cauldron and still retains her power. Her visions will most likely return sometime during her book and become useful. It would be cool to see the full capacity of her sight, especially after getting back into the right mental state. The plot will only thicken and stakes will only go higher as the series progresses. However, I do not see Elain as the High Lady of the Dusk Court, though it is definitely a possibility to keep in mind.
Nesta the High Queen:
- This is a kind of a crackpot theory, but I really wanted to share. Nesta has been described again and again as a queen without a throne. After learning a bit more about her and seeing her skills being sharpened, Nesta seemed to have had the power to conquer the world. Her powers, however, were sacrificed for Feyre, Rhys, and Nyx at the end of the novel. Only a tiny bit remained, being preserved by the favour of the Mother herself. I still can’t help but wonder, however, what roles Nesta might play with all her talents in the future.
- Once, there was a High King. He was said to have united Prythian and brought great peace. Although Rhys would have been a contender, he immediately refused to even consider the position. But Nesta is a wolf, one that is seemingly born to rule. She has the power of Death. I can’t help but wonder if she could kill the true immortals, earning her respect and an offer to become queen. This is a far stretch, but I hope that my queen will become a true High Queen one day.
- Friends: Like Nesta, I think that Elain will get her own found family! My theory is that she gets close with Nuala and Cerridwen (Feyre’s handmaidens). Maybe she will even find a home with a beautiful garden to call home.
- Portal through the worlds: I remember seeing one post mentioning that only two of the three Night Court peaks had spaces underneath. Ramiel is the exception, and I feel like this could be significant. Perhaps Ramiel is a portal to the other worlds (but to be honest, I just want to see a ToG, CC, and ACOTAR crossover).
- Descendants: There is a small bit about a Fae warrior who confined Koshei (I think?) with only a human line left somewhere. I’ve seen a theory about the Archeron sisters being that human (now Fae) line, and I like this idea.
- Evil Elain: I saw this on TikTok and personally feel like it’s a bit crazy. Basically, someone came up with the idea of Elain working with Greyson, her former fiancee, to wipe out the Fae. The theory stems from lots of people thinking that Elain is overly plain. The possibility of an evil Elain will most likely be slim, especially since Elain is a main character on the ‘good’ side.
- Lightsinger: I haven’t read much on this theory yet, but it is about Gwyn being possessed by Merrill, along with a recreation of Sleeping Beauty and Little Mermaid. I’m pretty sure this also involves Elriel as endgame as well. Though it does sound like a pretty big stretch, it will be interesting if this actually happens.
- How the book starts: Honestly, this is more of a wish more than anything else. Nessian is my OTP and, unfortunately, we were robbed of their mating ceremony in ACOFS. My theory is that the next book begins with the ceremony!
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