I didn’t think this series could get any better but to my amazement it just did. I have been absorbed in this book since I opened the first page, its addictive in the best way possible. So much happens, so many twists I don’t even know when to start. But it follows on from A Court of Thorns and Roses and primarily focuses on the development of Feyre and Rhysand relationship alongside the developments of the upcoming war. This is jam-packed with conflict, romance, friendship and is the first book I’ve read in a long time that left me sobbing.
One of the best aspects of this book was the introduction of new characters which made this book so much more humorous and entertaining as I adored every new character from the Night Court. Meanwhile, the world building was intriguing and Sarah J. Maas crafted the plot to allow it flow easy and moved at a steady pace. The only thing I slightly struggled to keep up with was the stories about Jurien and the others, it all seemed a little complex and difficult grasp.
The rich character development of Feyre was admirable, she changed but in the best possible way. I adore how she now has this refreshing independence and how mentally and physically strong she becomes. By the end my heart ached for her, I think I felt her pain, but she’s just so selfless and considerable whilst having this witty intelligence she is my ideal female protagonist that continues to grow.
❝I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.❞
Rhysand, on the other hand, is by far one of my new favourite character I have ever read about, hands down. From the funny tone he carries, to his cunning mindset, my heart throbbed while learning about his past. I prized how he treated Feyre and how he allowed their relationship to blossom naturally, and soon I realised how much better suited they were. Then… when we found out they were mates I was so pleased their relationship couldn’t have ended better. This character grew into such a pure, golden character and we finally saw such a raw and honest side to him which I savoured.
“You are my salvation, Feyre.”
In the end, I was so worried that their mating bond was broken and the thought of reading the next book knowing they were torn apart sounded miserable… but then it turned out to just be their bargain… thank goddess. I’m so excited to see how their relationship proceeds I really hope they’re not separated for too long because I feel like their division would make the plot drag. I’m not sure if they can still talk through the bond but I really hope they still have their mental bond. But some of the best parts of this book came from their relationship and it’s development and since I had such deep admiration for both characters I feel like that was the core of my love for this book.
“I needed not to be dead when I agreed.”
“You needed not to be alone.”
Let’s talk about the crazy ex-boyfriend, Tamlin. His character shifted so much and we saw another side to him, he came across as selfish and inconsiderate. From the start, I just felt let down by him, when thinking about it he just doesn’t listen to her. He sided with pure evil just so he could have Feyre to the point where he would rip her away from her mate just for his own needs, he utterly didn’t acknowledge her happiness at all. I recognise his deep emotions for her but I really hope Feyre can open his eyes to what has happened… or get what’s coming to him.
So let’s talk about another amazing part of this book, the other characters. I loved learning about Rhys inner circle and their dynamic and how casual and comfortable they all are. I couldn’t help but compare them back to the Spring Court and how much more connected they were and their closeness just seemed more relaxed. I genuinely looked forward to reading Cassian’s parts and loved his humour and his witty attitude, I loved learning about how they all met and how everyone has these dark pasts but together they all work as a unite. I have such deep attachment to pretty much all the inner circle alongside the sisters and I was so sure that someone was going to die but everyone somehow made it. I think another reason why I cherish this book so much is because it is filled with such loveable characters.
One of the favourite parts that I want to briefly talk about is when Feyre and Amren were at the Summer Court and they went to get the book page causing the doors shut and water starts filling the room. This scene was so intense but I felt like it bonded them both as characters, when they got back and just laughed it off, it was amazing and one of my favourite parts.
This book had me feeling all the feels, it’s so full of action and twists it honestly everything I want from a fantasy book. I’m am so eager to move onto the next book I can’t wait to see how the plot and characters will continue to grow, in particular how Lucien and Elain role as mates will affect the plot. But the ending left me speechless I just didn’t want it to end, this book is a masterpiece that I recommend everyone to read. This is my new obsession and pretty sure I’ll be having dreams of Feyre and Rhys for a long time.
What are your thoughts?
Also, if anyone has any tips on writing book reviews or any advice on how to improve my own reviews I would love to know! I enjoy writing quite casual reviews which are usually filled with my thoughts from just finishing the book however if anyone has any advice I would much appreciate it.