I've never understood why Tamlin gets all the hate for making out with Feyre that time Under the Mountain instead of spiriting her away somewhere. I personally see so many problematic points of this, I'm not quite sure where to begin.
First of all, how in Prythian is Tamlin supposed to smuggle Feyre out of Amarantha's heavily guarded fort? If he tried anything at all, there is a very, very high chance that they'll be caught and reported to Amarantha, and Amarantha would no doubt torture them both horrifically or whatnot.
Secondly, even if by some incredible miracle, Tamlin could have gotten Feyre out, where would she go? Once Amarantha found out that Feyre was gone, she would no doubt send her servants hunting high and low for Feyre. Amarantha would be relentless, and no place on Prythian or in the human lands would be safe. There's a good chance Amarantha would get her back, and then the escape would be for naught, not to mention that she would probably torture Tamlin in the meantime for helping her escape (since he wouldn't be able to leave with her).
Third, Feyre leaving Under the Mountain without Tamlin would defeat the whole purpose of her going there in the first place, since she went primarily to rescue him. I doubt she'd even be willing to leave without him. Even if he somehow did manage to convince her to leave, it's... kind of wasteful since she's already gone through the horror of the first and second tasks. Since she's likely to get caught sooner or later anyway, wouldn't it just be better to stay and try for the third task and possible freedom for everyone, rather than chasing after a fleeting freedom for yourself?
Finally, if against all the odds ever, Feyre managed to successfully escape and remain escaped, she'd likely always carry with her the heavy burden that she had within her reach the chance to save Tamlin, Lucien, Alis, and all the rest of Prythian from Amarantha's thrall, but she turned it down if favor of her personal comfort and safety. And even her comfort and safety would've been a temporary thing, because Amarantha and Hybern would eventually seek to re-conquer the mortal lands (and they'd likely succeed, given how close Hybern to accomplishing this in the later books, even with all of Prythian and then some working to stop them).
Thanks for the encouragement! I actually hadn't thought about the fact that she struggled with running because she had lost her strength, but now that you mention it, it makes a lot more sense. Who knows? Maybe someday I'll decide to try it again after all. :)
@NestaFireheart At the moment, I can think of two main problems that I had with the first book of ToG. Their might have been others, but these are the ones that come to mind now,
First, the main character seemed pretty dumb. Well, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe she wasn't actually dumb, but at any rate she didn't fit into my idealization of an assassin. I imagined that as an assassin would she would be cunning and sly, making herself likeable to as many people as possible, and then watching and waiting until the time was right and she had gained their trust, whereupon she could strike out like a viper and make her escape. Instead, she sulked and behaved in a way that was annoying and off-putting to all those around her. Of course, that could have been part of her mask, but from what I could see it certainly didn't help her case at all. I also had a problem with the running scenes. Running is such an important part of training for sports and activities that involve physical exertion. Even athletes like swimmers or figure skaters, whose sports aren't even on land, have running as part of their training regimen. I would have thought that the main character, being an assassin would have plenty of experience with running and would be one of the better runners in the group. However, she turned out to be the one who struggled most, lagging very far behind everyone else. Granted, it could have been part of her ploy to look weak and make the others underestimate her, but I got the impression that her weakness was genuine. I personally thought it seemed out-of-character for her.
The other problem I had with the book was that the climax was very anticlimactic. Often, in a good mystery, there will be a lot of build-up with red herrings pointing to Person Z as the culprit, then you get a big surprise when it turns out that the culprit isn't actually Person Z, but someone that you didn't suspect at all. Not so with this book (for me at least). All the "red herrings" turned out to be not red herrings at all but genuine clues, and my main suspect turned out to be the culprit. Personally, I found this terribly disappointing.
I tried reading the first book of TOG. I'd heard good things about it, so I tried really hard, but I couldn't like it. So when I started ACOTAR, I was really nervous that it would be as bad as TOG was, but thankfully ACOTAR has been much better.
I think everyone needs a Gwyn in their lives. :)
As far as I know, they're just randomly assigned.