Feyre is immortal.
After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.
As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.
She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two
WARNING: may contain some mild spoilers….
I wanted to read this before the third book in the series is released on May 2nd, and once I’d picked it up, putting it down was a struggle!
Oh my goodness! I really enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses (despite some of its’ problems) but this was so much better! Yes Feyre could still be annoying, but there was something about her growing throughout the story, trying to heal after what happened Under the mountain, and the bravery it took to make the decision she did regarding Tamlin.
And Rhysand…. What can I say? Can i borrow him…just for a while… I promise to give him back 😉
I know that a lot of people have a lot of problems with these books, and Sarah J Maas as an author, and I can understand that. Yes there are abusive relationships, but what is important is that Feyre realises what is going on and tries to do something about it. Yes in some cases women are seen as property, but again the females in the story stand up and say “hold on a second”.
It seemed as though a lot of the ‘bad stuff’ from ACOTAR was resolved or explained here. Bad stuff still happens, but the characters have more of an awareness of its’ presence now, and actively stand up against it, or manipulate it as they see fit. Not all relationships are healthy, and the one between Feyre and Tamlin is believably represented, along with the devastation of the aftermath.
A key moment for me came quite close to the end:
Rhysand isn’t perfect, swoonworthy definitely, but not perfect. But his actions towards Feyre show that he tries to do the right thing. He tries to give her space. He lets her make her own decisions, unlike the megalomaniac that is Tamlin.
This was really enjoyable for me, and I loved seeing how Feyre’s strength of character and determination were allowed to flourish once she had the space to breathe. The supporting cast of characters were really enjoyable too – I loved Lucien in ACOTAR, but Cassian had to be my favourite this time round.
Like I say, a really gripping enjoyable read, BUT I am really not sure why it is classed as YA rather than straight fantasy, as there were a few rather graphic scenes – sex and violence – that may be too much for some people.
Finished on March 7th 2017
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