Happy Saturday! I’ve had a bit of a rough start this morning, as I am experiencing both a wine and a book hangover. The wine is self-explanatory. My biblio-hangover is to blame on this awesome read:
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Feyre survived the worst. She escaped from the sick, twisted clutches of Amarantha’s court, and lost her mortal life in the process. Now, returning to the Spring Court with the powers of a High Fae, she should be able to begin the healing process, only it’s not that easy. The horrible events that transcribed Under the Mountain have pulled Feyre and Tamlin apart, leaving her feeling alone and tormented.
Then steps in Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court, to hold Feyre to her half of the bargain she made with him. Never does she suspect what her life is to become once she gets intertwined with Rhys and his friends.
Now, with war on the horizon, Feyre needs to learn how to navigate the darkness that lies both within herself and throughout Prythian.
This series, oh this series…*swoons* I mentioned in my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses that I was hesitant to read the second book because I was afraid it would tarnish my love of the first. Now I am kicking myself in the ass for waiting so long.
Okay, fangirl moment is over. (Keep yourself together, Kiersten!)
The characters in this story were amazing. Feyre’s character evolved a great deal since the beginning of the series. Having gone through so many horrific things Under the Mountain, she was completely torn apart and in a very dark place. It was interesting to see how differently each of the characters coped with the same experiences. Even more interesting was how some of them were able to come together and support each other, while others lashed out. (An accurate representation of how everyone deals with grief differently.) I was amazed at the developments in Rhysand’s character also. He was nothing at all like I expected him to be; he was so much more. The complexity in his character and his relationship with Feyre was absolutely beautiful.
The author, once again, did an amazing job at showcasing both the wonders and perils of love. The relationship between Feyre and Tamlin was a good representation of what happens when two broken people try too hard to love each other. The feelings and good intent might be there, but ultimately will end up failing. The relationship between Feyre and Rhys was built on a more solid foundation – one of trust, understanding, and friendship. Both of them, as damaged as they were, understood and tried to help each other heal, which is what lead them to develop such a close bond later on.
Maas sure knows how to make you fall in love with her characters. (And make you want to bang a few of them. 😉 That woman sure does know how to write a sex scene.) Even the side characters in this book, like Rhys’ inner circle, were well developed and powerful. There badassery among the Illyrian court made Tamlin’s court pale in comparison.
I had a hard time putting this one down. I’ve had an even harder time getting through writing this post, because the third book is already waiting for me.