Boy do I have a lot to say about this cover. And what Sarah said about it.
It’s a scene from A Court of Wings and Ruin.
But look at the backdrop, Feyre is definitely in the Spring Court. Yet her hand is engulfed in flames. No darkness, no hint of the Night Court. Flames are the Autumn Court. Flames are Lucien and Elain. What is little Lucien up to?
And look at our badass of a High Lady with her hand engulfed in flame, even as she is trapped in the Spring Court. (Not to mention she’s wearing a tiara, bless her.)
But also, look at the flowers. One is definitely wisteria, and I believe the other is ranunculus. But idrc about the ranunculus right now, because wisteria has so many meanings.
Now, I may be overthinking things a bit, but look at all of that.
There are some things we definitely want (victory over hardship, releasing burdens, good luck, etc.); some things we already have (serious devotion, longevity, honor, etc.), and there are some things that have been motifs and themes throughout the series so far (duality of love, creative expansion, releasing hardships, etc.).
Sarah never does anything for no reason, so what on earth do these flowers mean.
- Is the duality of love Tamlin’s poisoned love vs Rhys’ love, or is it more familial love and the duality of Feyre’s love for her sisters and the inner circle vs Rhys.
- A spring birth, does that contribute to the theories of Tamlin knocking up Ianthe?
- Victory over hardship? Is that Feyre’s victories in the Spring Court and role as a spy?
- honestly, I could analyze most of these (in further detail too) but I’ll spare everyone.
If anyone knows something about the maybe-ranunculus or the flower they actually are, please chip in. (I’m also
probably definitely overthinking all of this.)
But in the mean time, I’m going to keep staring at this scene and trying to piece it together, because what is it and what’s happening to our badass darling Feyre.