Let’s Talk (#4) – Tamlin the Man Behind​ the Mask

For this week’s post, I’m taking a look at of Tamlin from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series.

I have been toying with the idea of writing this post of a couple of weeks, and I almost didn’t write it, but after seeing so many comments on social media that are supportive of Tamlin, it’s compelled me to do this.

I realize he is just a fictional character but it’s important to recognize his character portrays very real life abusive behaviors. I’m staggered by the sheer number of people who fail to see this. The worst of which are that he acts this way out of love which is simply not true. There even some people who blame Feyre for his behavior!

This book series has huge fandom and most of the people I have spoken to agree that Tamlin is abusive. So this post is for all the Tamlin Lovers out there who think his behavior is ok.

I’m going to start by listing the 7 typical personalities of the Abuser:

  1. The Bully
  2. The Headworker
  3. The Badfather
  4. The Jailer
  5. The King of the Castle
  6. The Sexual Controller
  7. The Persuader

Tamlin exhibits the traits 1, 5 & 6. These are the ones I’m going to look at in more detail:

 The Bully 

Uses intimidation to control us, eg glares, shouts, smashes things, sulks

 Examples of this;

We see this behavior right from beginning in ACOTAR, when Feyre begins to spend time with Lucian:

 Whatever tentative truce we built that afternoon vanished at the dinner table. Tamlin was lounging in his usual seat, a long claw out and circling his goblet. It paused on the lip as soon as I entered, Lucien on my heels. His green eyes pinned me to the spot. Right. I’d brushed him off that morning, claiming I wanted to be alone. Tamlin slowly looked at Lucien, whose face had turned grave. “We went on a hunt,” Lucien said. “I heard,” Tamlin said roughly, glancing between us as we took our seats. “And did you have fun?” Slowly, his claw sank back into his flesh. Lucien didn’t answer, leaving it to me. Coward. I cleared my throat. “Sort of,” I said. “Did you catch anything?” Every word was clipped out. “No.” Lucien gave me a pointed cough, as if urging me to say more. But I had nothing to say. Tamlin stared at me for a long moment, then dug into his food, not all that interested in talking to me, either.

Not only is he sulking here he is also acting jealous. Jealousy has nothing to do with love; it’s a sign of possessiveness and lack of trust.

“You don’t get to speak to me like that. You promised you wouldn’t act this way.” “You have no idea what’s at risk—” “Don’t you talk down to me. Not after what I went through to get back here, to you. To our people. You think any of us are happy to be working with Hybern? You think I don’t see it in their faces? The question of whether I am worth the dishonor of it?” His breathing turned ragged again. Good, I wanted to urge him. Good. “You sold us out to get me back,” I said, low and cold. “You whored us out to Hybern. Forgive me if I am now trying to regain some of what we lost.” Claws slid free. A feral growl rippled out of him. “They hunted down and butchered those humans for sport,” I went on. “You might be willing to get on your knees for Hybern, but I certainly am not.” He exploded. Furniture splintered and went flying, windows cracked and shattered. And this time, I did not shield myself. The worktable slammed into me, throwing me against the bookshelf, and every place where flesh and bone met wood barked and ached. My knees slammed into the carpeted floor, and Tamlin was instantly in front of me, hands shaking

Here in a fit if rage her physical assaults her!

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A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

Blurb

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


Stats

Page Length: 699
Publication Year: 2017
Genre:  Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Characters:  Feyre, Tamlin, Lucian, Rhysand, Nesta, Elaine, Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren


Thoughts

WOW!!! That was most definitely worth the wait! This book was such an emotional rollercoaster and I loved every single damn page 😊

Story

I thought the story had great flow and was written really well. Feyre spent just the right amount of time at the spring court, I was a bit worried she was going to be there for ages. I loved how BA Fayre was in this book.

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1 Month Count Down! (ACOWAR)

Today is exactly 1 month until the release of A court of Wings and Ruin. To say I’m excited would be a huge understatement. I’ve even gone to the extreme length of taking the day off work so I can dedicate the entire day to reading it!

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about the release of a book since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I first stumbled upon this series back in July when my facebook page suddenly blew up with posts about A Court of Thorns and Roses and since then I have been hooked! I have to admit as well as being overwhelmingly excited I’m also nervous and a little bit sad that the series is coming to an end, well as far as we know. There are more books planned around the world of Prythian so it may not be the last we of Fayre and the gang!

back to the new book let’s take a look at  some of the teaser quotes that have been released:

“ My goal was bigger than revenge. My purpose greater than personal retribution”

“I repeated their names silently, over and over into the darkness. Rhysand. Mor. Cassian. Amren. Azriel. Elain. Nesta”

“We deserve to be happy… And I will fight with everything I have to ensure it”

Are they trying to kill us!? I mean come on. Also this just a small selection of the quotes they have released!

Then they share this with us: excerpt

and of course blurb:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Argh!!! It’s all just too exciting! In preparation for release, I’m planning a re-read of Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury so stay tuned for those reviews.

If you haven’t pre-order your copy yet here are the links to do so: