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Though lovely, she wasn't as devastatingly beautiful as I had imagined, wasn't some goddess of darkness and spite. It made her all the more petrifying.

Feyre about Amarantha, A Court of Thorns and Roses

Amarantha is the main antagonist of A Court of Thorns and Roses who proclaimed herself the High Queen of Prythian.

AppearanceEdit

Feyre noted that Amarantha's appearance didn't radiate darkness and bitterness but someone who had a charming allure. She had neatly braided red-gold hair, which wove elegantly through her golden crown. Her skin was white, which both complemented her ruby lips and her crown. Her elegance is shown to have an atmosphere of being contrived and cold.

HistoryEdit

A Court of Thorns and RosesEdit

Amarantha controls all. She used to be the King of Hybern's greatest general, but during the war between faeries and mortals, her younger sister fell in love with a mortal who later brutally murdered her. After the ancient war concluded, she abandoned her position. In a desperate search for revenge, she sought out her sister's killer. After the slow and torturous death of Jurian, at the hands of Amarantha herself, she kept the eye and finger of her sister's former lover, and imbedded his life form with stolen body parts. Because of this, Jurian was unable to pass on into the afterlife and was damned to an eternal half life, trapped within the artifacts. His eye, which is kept within Amarantha's glass ring, is noted to move at points, implying that Jurian is still alive and somewhat observant.

Tamlin, Lucien and all other creatures, High and Lesser Fae alike, fear her; it is because of her that the Spring Court is cursed to eternally wears masquerade masks. Tamlin angers Amarantha, and because of this, she rips out Lucien 's eye. Later, to make "amends", she invites the whole Spring Court to a masked ball where, because of Tamlin 's continued refusal of her advances, she casts a spell upon all members of the Spring Court , permanently fixing the masks to their faces. However, she offered to lift the spell, if only Tamlin would become her lover; this an an offer he refused. She might have let it go, had he not gone on to to say that even her sister preferred a mortal's company to hers, and that Tamlin felt the same. For this, she turns Tamlin 's heart to stone, and curses him and all his court yet again. She says that he has 49 years to find a mortal who will freely confess her love for him, and that the said mortal must originally harbor a deep mistrust and hatred for the Fae, going as far as to slay one of them in cold blood. If he did not manage to complete this task, she would claim him and all of his subjects as slaves and imprison them Under the Mountain. 

Amarantha also managed to deceive the six other Prythian High Lords , tricking them into surrendering their sacred powers to her, giving her a considerable edge over any and all of the Lords on any given day. In their weakened state, the Lords were unable to resist her rule, and she was able to establish her kingdom Under the Mountain and rule all of Prythian completely unchecked as a dark Queen. 

Not three days before the deadline is up, Tamlin sends Feyre back to the mortal lands and to her home, in an attempt to protect her from Amarantha, having been visited by Rhysand and being uncertain of where his loyalties on the matter might lie. Although she was already in love with Tamlin , Feyre had not yet said these exact words, and this meant that Tamlin, having failed his task, is now a subjugate of Amarantha, along with every other member of the Spring Court . Feyre , of course, had absolutely no knowledge of this, but when she returns to the Spring Court, unable to stay away from her lover, as Tamlin has commanded her to do, she finds Alis . Now that the time is up and the punishment has come to pass, the curse can be freely discussed, and so Alis regales Feyre with the full tale.

Feyre rushes to save her lover and her court, and journeys Under the Mountain, seeking Amarantha. She is brought before the dark queen by the Attor , and she publicly proclaims her love for Tamlin. It is, of course, too late to break the curse, but Amarantha is intrigued. She offers Feyre a chance to prove her worth, her devotion to Tamlin , and win the freedom of the Spring Court . Feyre must either complete three grueling tasks, assigned by Amarantha, or answer Amarantha's enigmatic riddle. The answer to the riddle eludes Feyre, so she opts for the tasks. Feyre , with the help of Lucien and Rhysand , successfully finishes all three, although all bring her to the brink of death and push her to the very limits of her abilities, and she just barely manages to survive. Amarantha, clever and cruel, denies Feyre her prize, claiming that she only promised she would free the Spring Court if Feyre successfully completed Amarantha's trials, but did not specify when. It was only in the case of the riddle did Amarantha promise immediate freedom. Amarantha then proceeds to publicly torture Feyre , and, although both Tamlin and Rhysand attempt to save her, Amarantha overpowers both High Lords in their weakened state and kills Feyre . However, in Feyre 's final moments, she discovers the answer to the riddle, and whispers it in her final breath.

This utterance breaks Amarantha's binding curse, freeing Tamlin and all the Spring Court from her dominant grasp. Tamlin, having reclaimed his full power, is able to easily defeat Amarantha and subsequently kills her in a mad fit of rage and grief. It should also be noted that once the curse was broken, the fashionable masquerade masks sported by the Spring Court were no longer permanently stuck to their faces and the courtiers were able to remove them. Rhysand , however, makes quick use of his regained abilities by influencing and controlling his fellow High Lords . The seven Prythian High Lords, with their combined power, united- unknowingly against their will by Rhysand - are able to not only resurrect Feyre but remake her as Fae. 

TriviaEdit

  • The name, Amarantha comes from the amaranth flower, which is derived from Greek αμαραντος (amarantos) meaning "unfading". Αμαραντος (Amarantos) was also an Ancient Greek given name. [1]

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

Main characters
Amarantha · Amren · Azriel · Cassian · Elain Archeron · Feyre Archeron · King of Hybern · Lucien · Morrigan · Nesta Archeron · Rhysand · Tamlin
Minor and supporting characters
Alis · Andras · Beron · Bron · Cerridwen · Clare Beddor · Cresseida · Devlon · Eris · Graysen · Feyre's father · Hart · Helion · Ianthe · Isaac Hale · Isaac Hale's wife · Jurian · Kallias · Keir · Mercenary · Miryam · Mortal Queens · Mrs. Laurent · Naga · Nuala · Unnamed Summer Court Faerie · Tarquin · The Bogge · The Bone Carver · The Suriel · Thesan · Tomas Mandray · Varian · Weaver
Mentioned characters
Aunt Ripleigh · Dark Mother · Drakon · Feyre's mother · Ianthe's father · Ianthe's mother · Ianthe's sisters · Miryam's father · Miryam's mother · Mother · Rhysand's father · Rhysand's mother · Rhysand's sister · Nostrus · Queen of the Black Land · Tamlin's mother · Tamlin's father

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