<Elriel × Elucien rant>
I've been wanting to talk about this for a while now. So we all know that Lucien and Elain are mates and that Lucien wants to give the mating bond a chance even though he doesn't really know Elain, yet Elain doesn't want to give it a chance nor get to know Lucien as her sister's friend; and I'm not saying that she's obligated to know him but at least greet him like a normal person when he enters the room not just ignore him completely then swoon over Azriel which makes no sense to me since she also doesn't know Azriel all that well but since the moment she laid eyes on him she would start flirting with him or try to get to know him and i get that she's attracted to him and she should be allowed to.
What I'm trying to say here is if she hates Lucien that much and she's already attracted to/likes Azriel then she should simply reject the mating bond because we all know that Lucien wouldn't force himself on her, if she rejected the mating bond he'd definitely back away from her and never try to get her back or anything.
What's keeping Lucien from getting away is that Elain hasn't rejected the bond yet so he thinks that there might be at least a one percent chance of her accepting it so the problem here really isn't Lucien "forcing" himself on her or Azriel being attracted to someone who has a mate, the problem is simply Elain who kept flirting with Azriel then got mad and depressed when Grayson left her, the problem is how she knows that she could just reject the mating bond yet she doesn't so she's toying with both their feelings (maybe without realizing it) so it's not Azriel's nor Lucien's fault it's simply Elain's so stop blaming them for her actions.
Disclaimer: I'm not an Elriel nor a Elucien fan so I'm not siding with anyone here I'm just stating a fact.
Also i definitely think that Elain shouldn't end up with either of them i honestly believe that it'll be better if she ended up alone and healed from all her trauma without the need of a man.
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Wowie will I ever get over the fact that Rowan is literal air for Aelin’s fire? Like that he feeds her and builds her and sustains her?
I just posted chapter 6 of my ACOTAR post-canon fanfiction, The Shadowsinger's Daughter, based on the lives and hijinks of the children of the Inner Circle! I'm super excited about this project and truly love the chapter I just posted, so if you're a Gwynriel shipper, need more content from the ACOTAR world, want to see our baby Nyx as an adult, or all of the above, please, please, please check it out. I'm also always looking for more internet/fanfiction/writing friends so go ahead and follow me here too!
Click on the link to open it up, or search Primelle or the Shadowsinger's Daughter on AO3 to read.
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Aelin, to her children : I died when I was your age, little one. Did you know that?
Rowaelin child: pfff stop playin
Rowaelin child: if you died then where's your birthmark?
Aelin, confuzzled : birthmark...?
Rowaelin child: yeah everyone has a birthmark that shows how they died in their past life. See I have one on my thigh, one on my chest, another on my cheek, and one on my left arm
Aelin: ...why didn't I notice all these birthmarks of yours
Rowaelin child: I was probably shot, or cut up in my past life *pokes out chest proudly*
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Feyre: and if I go after a Suriel, what would I have to do? Hypothetically
Lucien: I can't tell, you would have to...
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Coworker asked me today what inspired me into going to the gym so much lately.
Me: Fae smut THATS what.
She just shook her head and walked away 🤷🏼♀️
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Kind of a rant- why ACOSF felt just slightly *off* in my opinion.
I think I’ve been pretty Pro-ACOSF other than a few parts, but I have said from the BEGINNING that I didn’t find the hike scene to be this beautiful healing journey that others saw it as and I actually had to put the book down for several hours because I was so upset. But as some of you might know, I did a re-write of that scene about a week ago and in that process of trying to keep the overall emotions and character traits but tweak the tone I finally put my finger on why the original scene ate at me so much.
Because I tried to summarize the scene as if I hadn’t read all of the other books and it was just a collection of emotions and actions. And to be clear, without bias towards or against any of the characters... this is what happened in that pre-hike scene:
A traumatized, mentally ill, sexual assault survivor and war veteran was verbally attacked by a person who was once her only friend for the actions that she was ORDERED TO MAKE to try and heal. She then lashed out by literally just telling a pregnant woman about the dangers of her own labour that her husband and every single one of her so-called friends hid from her (by rightfully saying that they didn’t respect her enough to tell her) and then this was GENUINELY presented by every single character in the book including the woman and her love interest that this was HER fault and she was a horrible, bad, awful person.
Like... imagine someone telling you they read a book where this occurred? I’d lose my MIND. The fact that Nesta is used as a punching bag for the narrative and never once allowed to think her own actions, thoughts, and feelings are justified simply because she isn’t “nice” and had to be written in a way that would “redeem” her in the eyes of antis is absolutely appalling.
Ultimately ACOSF said “no one can hate Nesta more than She hates herself” and that is a legitimate story to tell, but I think why it feels so off is because when a main character has such a negative internal monologue you then turn to the love interest to encourage and support them and while I maintain that Cassian DID support Nesta and was there for her... the thing that felt so off was that he ultimately agreed with the awful things she thinks about herself.
Which is why I maintain, yet again, that the only story for Nesta and Cassian both that would have truly been satisfying would be for them to have been away from the Night Court. (I personally believe that they should have had separate healing arch’s and then been brought together when they were ready and this easily could’ve been done if one of the 7 unnecessary side plots were cut out.)
Nesta and Cassian have always been side characters in Feyre’s story and even though this book followed their journey and was from their perspective... it was still positively dripping with the assumptions of both characters that Feyre had made in previous books. (Also SJM’s inability to say anything bad about her darling IC really impeded the narrative in my opinion.)
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Elriel Headcanons part2
• elain noticed that azriel finds any excuse to hold her hand/ escort her places and when she tried making fun of him saying “you do realize i can walk?” he started carrying her instead for a while
• whenever elain is in one of her moods azriel calls her “little nightmare” and it makes her more angry at first but she secretly loves it (and it ends up instantly improving her mood but out of spite she tries to hide that from him)
• whenever azriel is in a bad mood elain takes him to her favorite quiet corner in one of the parks in velaris and plays with his hair until he feels comfortable enough to say what’s been bothering him
• when mor noticed that azriel started easily agreeing to go dancing when elain said she’d go, mor started to go straight to elain whenever she wants to go out as a group
• azriel has bullied other inner circle members when they try taking his spot next to elain at the dinner table. throughout dinner he likes holding her hand under the table or putting his arm over the back of her chair or tucking her hair behind her ear.
• elain has azriel taste test her pastries but doesn’t let him actually stay in the kitchen when she bakes because “he distracts her” (he’s smeared icing on her nose... and other places)
• mor jokes about how she always thought feyre and rhysand were insufferable mates but that was before elain and az got together.
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Another Side to Elain
I presume many people have already seen multiple posts talking about the importance of 3s in the ACOTAR series and how that would make perfect sense for Elain to be the protagonist of the next book with Elriel as the ship (I wholeheartedly agree!)
Personally, I just wanted to add a little bit of my own opinion as to how the following quotes refer to the 3 sisters, so let's break it down, shall we?
Feyre - Purple
Nesta - Blue
Elain - Pink
Hello, sweet thing. Hello, lady of night, princess of decay. Hello, fanged beast and trembling fawn. Love me, touch me, sing me.
"Hello, sweet thing."
First quote to be said, just like Feyre's story is the first one we have read
Personally, "sweet thing" gives off the same vibes as "Feyre darling".
Feyre's relationship with Rhysand is full of adoration from both sides. Throughout her story, mainly before she knew she was his mate, he mostly wanted her to love him so he could fully love her in turn.
"Hello, lady of night, princess of decay."
I would like to mostly focus on the "princess of decay" part of this quote as it clearly refers to Nesta's connection with her powers of death, as it has been said multiple times.
In ACOSF, we see how Nesta's relationship with Cassian develops and despite the fact that by the end they're a couple, we can't deny that their connection was mostly physical, instead of emotional, therefore I believe that this refers to that.
"Hello, fanged beast and trembling fawn."
I have two opinions about this. Firstly, this may refer to both Elain and Azriel as we have the "and" between the two descriptions, unlike Nesta's quote where there's a comma instead, making it clear that both names are meant for one person. "Fanged beast" doesn't really sound like Azriel though, therefore it leads me to my next point.
Both names could refer to Elain alone. People see her as this sweet, innocent woman who couldn't harm anyone, especially when we consider the amount of times Feyre herself even compares her to a fawn. Yet, "fanged beast" could imply that Elain isn't as innocent as she seems. (Just to be 100% clear, I do not believe in the Evil!Elain theory so I'm not referring to that!) That's what makes me truly believe that we'll see a side of Elain we haven't seen before in her book!
Many people like to think that because Gwyn asked Azriel if he sings and his shadows danced with her, they're endgame but if you have read my previous posts, you'll know that I don't believe that at all. Nonetheless, we did receive a confirmation from Azriel that he can sing. After all the evidence pointing towards Elriel endgame along with this, I believe it'll refer somehow to their story which I suspect shall be the next book. Who knows? Maybe they'll somehow bond in a way that includes his ability to sing? I'm not entirely sure but I do believe this refers to Elain!
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"Elain is boring."
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The House had added an assortment of oils that smelled of rosemary and lavender. She breathed in the heady, beautiful scent, and sighed. “I think you might be my only friend,” Nesta said, then groaned her way into the tub’s welcoming warmth. The House was apparently so pleased by her words that as soon as she lay back, a tray appeared across the width of the tub. Laden with a massive piece of chocolate cake.
—A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
Above image adapted from original image by Tomás Fano, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Imagine Nesta teaching Nyx how to dance
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Elain not belonging in the Night Court is not a bad thing
Elain has said that she has always wanted to travel the world
I don’t think Elain would be very happy when she finds out that Rhys and Feyre having been using her to manipulate people
Azriel clearly doesn’t want to let Elain do anything dangerous and she obviously is starting to loathe being coddled
there has been quite a bit of foreshadowing of her potentially leaving the Night Court such as the court of nightmares scene in acosf
Elain leaving the Night Court doesn’t mean she won’t frequently visit the Night Court
Not everyone has to belong in the Night Court, personally I want to learn more about the other courts
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Foreshadowing in The Assassin’s Blade
“The girl’s eyes flashed to hers. They were ringed with gold—stunning. Even with the bruises, the girl was alluring. Like wildfire, or a summer storm swept in off the Gulf of Oro.”
The Assassin and the Healer, chap. 4, p. 101
“Staying, running away to another land, avoiding her fate... she wouldn’t do that. She couldn’t be like Yrene, a living reminder of loss and shoved-aside dreams.”
The Assassin and the Healer, chap. 4, p. 107
“There was such irony, she realized, in them working together—the assassin and the healer. Two opposite sides of the coin.”
The Assassin and the Healer, chap. 4, p. 107
“Celaena hadn’t realized she was crying until she took a deep breath. Saying that she was sorry didn’t feel adequate. She knew what this sort of loss was like, and words didn’t do anything at all.”
The Assassin and the Desert, chap. 6, p. 181 (After Ansel’s story)
“Ansel needed to be here to learn all that these assassin‘s could teach, because Ansel wanted to do something with her life. Ansel had a purpose. And Celaena...”
The Assassin and the Desert, chap. 7, p. 184
“She looked to the open window, to the world beyond. For the first time in a long while she heard the song of a northern wind calling her home. And she was not afraid.”
The Assassin and the Desert, chap. 12, p. 225
“Of all the people in the world, only Arobynn knew the absolute truth.”
The Assassin and the Underworld, chap. 1, p. 233
“Tell me something, Celaena: do you trust Sam?”
“What sort of a question is that?”
“Arobynn casually slid his hands into the pockets of his silver tunic. “Have you told him the truth about where you came from? I have a feeling that’s something he’d like to know. Perhaps before he dedicated his life to you.””
The Assassin and the Empire, chap. 4, p. 374
“Celaena let him kiss her until she’d again forgotten the darn burden that would always haunt her.”
The Assassin and the Empire, chap. 4, p. 378
“She could have faced torture, endured the violations she could practically see in Farran’s eyes, but if she went to the king... She shoved the thought away, refusing to follow its path.”
The Assassin and the Empire, chap. 10, p. 414
“Every bite tasted like ash.”
The Assassin and the Empire, chap. 11, p. 420
“Footsteps suddenly thudded toward her from the table, and she heard the sound of weapons being angled. She recognized the footsteps before the king even reached her chair.”
The Assassin and the Empire, chap. 12, p. 424
“[The king] had already destroyed so much of Erilea—destroyed parts of her without even knowing it.”
The Assassin and the Empire, chap. 12, p. 424
“The breeze grew into a wind, and she closed her eyes, letting it sweep away the ashes of that dead world—of that dead girl.”
The Assassin and the Empire, chap. Beginning, p. 434
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sjm couples that we didn’t get to see fall in love that i would read a whole romance book about:
vivane and kallias
helion and the lady of the autumn court
gavriel and aedion’s mother
thesan and his peregryn guard (i’m such a sucker for a good guard trope)
juniper and fury
rowan and lyria (i love rowaelin with all of my heart, but i would read a five book series about rowan’s past)
mor and andromache
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You cannot tell me this is not true
Artist: Charlie Bowater
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Tamlin: Do you want me to show you around?
Feyre: I would like to be alone
*five seconds later*
Feyre: Hi, Lucien
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Cassian, smiling creepily: Wanna hear some dark humour?
Nesta: [raises brows]
Cassian, turning the lights off: Knock knock...
Nesta: Turn the damn lights back on.
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Ok TOG fans I have a question... if you could pick the sent of an Aedion candle what would it smell like?
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Lorcan: How did you find me?
Aelin: I just listened for the sound of complete and utter betrayal and followed that.
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