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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 (pronounced: Am-a-ran-tha[1]) was a High Fae, former general of Hybern who proclaimed herself as the High Queen of Prythian. She was one of the characters in A Court of Thorns and Roses.

History[]

Early life[]

Amarantha was born in Hybern, an island kingdom near Prythian ruled by the King of Hybern who hated mortals and was furious at the idea of signing a treaty with them.

Amarantha used to be the King of Hybern's greatest general, and found a great ally in the then High Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin's father, who did not want to set his mortal slaves free. As his ally, Tamlin's father frequented Hybern and occasionally took Tamlin with him, so Amarantha began to woo the young man and wanted him to be her lover, but Tamlin always refused her offers.

She had a sister named Clythia who during the War between faeries and mortals fell in love with one of the main commanders of the human armies, Jurian, who used her to get information about the immortals. Amarantha loved her sister and could see that Jurian was simply using her for information, however, she was unable to convince Clythia of this fact and couldn't bring herself to kill Jurian when it would hurt her sister. After months of pretending he loved her, Jurian brutally murdered Clythia, crucified her with ash wood, and cut her to pieces for Amarantha to find. Upon learning of this, Amarantha's wrath was said to have been able to bring the skies down, but the King of Hybern ordered her to stand down. Jurian's actions caused Amarantha to develop a deep hatred of mortals.

Amarantha eventually took revenge on the human and had her final confrontation with Jurian and defeated him after a long battle. She then tortured him for weeks, and ignored the King of Hybern's orders to march to his aid until she'd killed Jurian, an act that cost him the War. After Jurian was killed, she kept his finger bone to make a necklace and one of his eyes, and embedded his life force within the 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 was kept within Amarantha's glass ring, was noted to move at certain times, implying that Jurian was still alive and somewhat observant.

After the Treaty was made, Amarantha butchered her own slaves rather than free them. Despite this, centuries later, the High Lords of Prythian believed her lies, that her sister's death had changed her and that she wanted to open trade routes between Hybern and Prythian. Unbeknownst to the High Lords and the King of Hybern, she brought her own personal forces over along with the trade ships and plotted for years to amass an army and destroy the Mortal Lands. Fifty years after her arrival, she tricked the seven High Lords out of their power, using a spell stolen from the King. She took control of Prythian within days and proclaimed herself the High Queen of Prythian. She then set up her court in Under the Mountain, a sacred place for Prythian. By having control of the magic, she unleashed ferocious beasts in the Courts such as the Attor and the Bogge and resumed her plan to win over Tamlin.

When Tamlin again declined her offers and sent Lucien Vanserra, his friend and emissary, to give her a definitive answer, Amarantha was enraged and gouged out Lucien's eye and scarred his face. Tamlin, Lucien and all other creatures, High and Lesser Faeries alike, grew to fear Amarantha for her actions.

As punishment for having killed her great ally, the then High Lord of the Spring Court, Amarantha took the son of the then High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand, as her sex slave. Rhysand complied but secretly hated her.

Later, in an apparent attempt to make amends, she invited the whole Spring Court to a masked ball, the reason it was a masquerade was so Lucien could hide his face. Because of Tamlin's continued refusal of her advances, she cast 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; which is an offer he refused. She might have let it go, had he not gone on to say that even her sister preferred a mortal's company to hers, and that he felt the same.

For this, Amarantha turned his heart to stone, and cursed him and all his Court yet again. She decreed that he had 49 years to find a mortal who would freely confess her love for him, although that mortal must originally harbor a deep mistrust and hatred for the faeries, 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 in Under the Mountain. She went on to rule unchallenged, while Tamlin worked to break the curse. During this time she sent all manner of monstrous faeries against his borders to test his strength.

A Court of Thorns and Roses[]

The day after the ceremony of Summer Solstice, Lucien and Feyre were having lunch when Tamlin sensed the presence of Rhysand, who was sent by Amarantha to remind him that the agreed time was running out, then Tamlin concealed Feyre with glamour for this Rhysand didn't notice her at first, but when he realized that there were three plates on the table, he asked him where his companion was. When Tamlin told him that they were already gone Rhysand canceled the glamour and said that he remembered Feyre from Calanmai. Lucien lied saying that she was his girlfriend. Then Rhysand read Feyre's thoughts and discovered that she was thinking of Tamlin and realized that she was actually Tamlin's lover and not Lucien's.

He threatened to tell Amarantha about Feyre's presence in Tamlin's life, and Tamlin and Lucien had to bow to prevent him from doing so. Before leaving he asked Feyre what her name was, to which she lied saying that her name was Clare Beddor. When Rhysand arrived Under the Mountain, he told Amarantha what he had seen.

At the end of the forty-nine year term given by Amarantha to Tamlin to find a human who hated the Fae with all her heart and loved him, thus freeing him from his curse, the entire Spring Court was brought to Under the Mountain. The Beddor family home, with the family inside, was set on fire and Clare was abducted and tortured to death.

Feyre learned of this and rushed to save her lover and the Spring Court, journeying to Under the Mountain to seek Amarantha. She was brought before the dark queen by the Attor, and publicly proclaimed her love for Tamlin. Amarantha was intrigued, and offered her a chance to prove her worth, her devotion to Tamlin, and win the freedom of the Spring Court. She decreed that Feyre must either complete three grueling tasks or answer her enigmatic riddle. The answer to the riddle eluded Feyre so she opted for the tasks, and with the help of Lucien and Rhysand, successfully finished all three. Amarantha, clever and cruel, denied Feyre her prize, claiming that she only promised she would free the Spring Court if Feyre successfully completed her trials, but did not specify when. It was only in the case of the riddle that Amarantha promised immediate freedom. Amarantha then proceeded to publicly torture Feyre, and although both Tamlin and Rhysand attempted to save her, Amarantha killed her. However, in Feyre's final moments, she figured out the answer to the riddle and whispered it with her final breath.

This utterance broke Amarantha's binding curse, freeing Tamlin, and the members of the Spring Court were able to remove their masks. All the seven Courts were also free from her dominating grasp. Tamlin, having reclaimed his full power, killed Amarantha by stabbing Lucien's sword into her head and ripping out her throat with his teeth, in a mad fit of rage and grief.

Appearance[]

Her red-gold hair was neatly braided and woven through her golden crown, the deep color enriching her snow-white skin, which, in turn, set off her ruby lips.

–Feyre about Amarantha, A Court of Thorns and Roses

Feyre noted that Amarantha's appearance didn't radiate darkness and bitterness but someone who had a charming allure. Though lovely she most certainly wasn't devastatingly beautiful. 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 was shown to have an atmosphere of being contrived and cold. Being High Fae, she also had slightly pointed ears.

Amarantha always wears a ring and a necklace made from Jurian's eye and fingerbone.

Personality[]

Amarantha was notably cruel and vindictive, and delighted in torturing others both physically and emotionally. She was ruthless, as seen by her treatment of her mortal slaves, and was willing to defy orders from her King, who was more powerful than her, in order to get her revenge. She was noted as being especially wretched and vicious during the War.

Despite her sadistic nature, Amarantha did feel love for her younger sister, and was protective of her to the point of sparing Jurian so she wouldn't be hurt. It was her sister's death, at the hands of a Mortal, that caused Amarantha to develop such hatred for them. Due to Jurian's betrayal, Amarantha also harbored the belief that Mortals were fickle and unable to feel true love for faeries as they would always betray them.

She was so cruel, she had Feyre spiraling into depression and not being able to bear the sight of the color red.

Powers and Abilities[]

Amarantha had very powerful magic, even more so after she stole power from the High Lords of Prythian. She was able to control faeries using this power, and to a lesser extent the High Lords themselves. She was also very knowledgeable about spells and curses, as she was able to cast long-lasting and very specific magic on her enemies, including binding a life force to body parts.

  • High Fae Physiology: As High Fae, Amarantha had a variety of physical enhancements, including advanced healing, immortality, and increased speed, strength, and stamina.

Relationships[]

King of Hybern[]

Amarantha was the King of Hybern's best commander so she was leading his army in the War against humans before the Treaty was signed that prevented the Fae from holding them as slaves.

Clythia[]

Her relationship with her sister, Clythia, was very strong, but Clythia abandoned her side when she fell in love with a human who used her and later slaughtered her. Even after this betrayal, Amarantha avenged the death of her sister.

Jurian[]

Jurian was the human lover of his sister Clythia, who after using her to obtain information crucified her with ash wood and cut her into pieces. After this, Amarantha killed him but not before taking a bone from his finger and hanging it on a necklace, and one of his eyes (which contained Jurian's soul), and turning it into a ring. Due to his actions, Amarantha hated humans even more.

Tamlin's father[]

Amarantha was very close friends with Tamlin's father as they both disliked mortals and fought to restrict their freedom. She was so upset by his death that she took special care in punishing Rhysand, whose father was responsible.

Tamlin[]

Amarantha desired Tamlin, so much that she proposed to be her lover on numerous occasions, but when Tamlin refused she was enraged. On one of these occasions she gouged out Lucien's eye and left his face covered in scars and then at the masquerade she cursed Tamlin and his entire Court.

Rhysand[]

As punishment for the then High Lord of the Night Court killing the then High Lord of the Spring Court, Amarantha took his son Rhysand as a sex slave.

Feyre[]

At first, Amarantha treated Feyre as insignificant, a human pet. With the passing of time and the trials, she realized that Feyre really loved Tamlin. Each time Amarantha made the trials more difficult in the hopes that Feyre would die and when Feyre finished the last trial Amarantha's anger was such that she broke every bone in Feyre's body telling her she would only stop if she told her she didn't really love Tamlin.

Trivia[]

  • Maas described her hair in different colors by mistake in ACOTAR (red, brown, and black).
  • 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.[2]
  • Amarantha's coat of arms represents a sleeping dragon.

References[]

Characters
Main Characters Feyre Archeron · Rhysand · Nesta Archeron · Cassian · Azriel · Elain Archeron · Tamlin · Lucien Vanserra · Morrigan · Amren · Amarantha · King of Hybern
Supporting Characters Alis · Andras · Beron · Bogge · Bone Carver · Bron · Cerridwen · Clare Beddor · Cresseida · Drakon · Devlon · Emerie · Eris · Graysen · Gwyneth Berdara · Feyre's Father · Hart · Helion · Ianthe · Isaac Hale · Isaac Hale's Wife · Jurian · Kallias · Keir · Koschei · Mercenary · Miryam · Mortal Queens · Mrs. Laurent · Naga · Nuala · Unnamed Summer Court Faerie · Tarquin · Suriel · Thesan · Tomas Mandray · Varian · Vassa · Weaver
Mentioned Characters Aunt Ripleigh · Dark Mother · Feyre's Mother · Mother · Rhysand's Father · Rhysand's Mother · Rhysand's Sister · Nostrus · Queen of the Black Land · See more...
Hybern
Characters King of Hybern † · Amarantha † · Clythia † · Attor † · Jurian · Brannagh † · Dagdan † · Ravens † · Naga-hounds
Locations King of Hybern's Castle
Under the Mountain
Characters Tamlin · Feyre Archeron · Lucien Vanserra · Amarantha · Jurian· Rhysand · Beron Vanserra · Lady of the Autumn Court · Eris Vanserra · Lucien's Brothers · Tarquin · Cresseida · Varian · Attor · Middengard Wyrm · Helion · Kallias · Thesan · Nuan · Amarantha's Daemati · Brutius · High Fae of the Third Trial · Female High Fae of the Third Trial · Bron · Hart · Unnamed guards
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