My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.
I talked about my initial reactions to this book in my First Impression Friday post a few days ago. I am a tad disappointed in how my expectations compared to reality.
First, I will start off by saying that the book wasn’t bad, but it didn’t blow me away like the previous books either. More than anything, this book felt like a giant recap of everything that happened in the other books. Maybe that explains why this one was #3.1 in the series, and not book #4? Outside of catching up with each of the characters, there didn’t feel like much of a story line, which was what I found disappointing.
Aside from that, I loved getting to escape back into Velaris and the world of the High Fae. The chapters alternate between different POVs…sort of. The chapters following Feyre and Rhys are in first person, but the ones following the other characters are not. I found this a bit odd. We get a glimpse at the rebuilding of the city in the aftermath of the war. We also get to see how each of the characters is responding to the war and the devastating things that they experienced.
I have some mixed feelings about the progress of the characters and how they’re coping…but I don’t want to open that can of worms because then I’ll have to share too many details.
Overall, I liked it, but I was hoping for way more. I’ll still read the next installment, whenever that comes out.