Hey all, Dani here.
This is going to be a review unlike a lot of my other ones…mostly in the fact that I’m going to divide the review up–one section spoiler-free and then one with spoilers. Don’t worry, I will definitely alert you to incoming spoilers; I don’t want to ruin this amazing book for anyone.
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
My Thoughts (Spoiler Free)
I really enjoyed reading the first book of this trilogy and really enjoyed the characters and the bit of the fae world we got to see. However, this book made me wish I could go back and change my rating just to show how much better the second one is. (And yes, I know I can go back and edit my reviews; I’m not going to.)
After the events of ACOTAR, Feyre has a lot to deal with. I’m so glad that she doesn’t immediately get over the trials, the fact that she died, or that she was resurrected as a fae with a mortal heart. The fact that she has some post traumatic stress issues made it that much more believable, at least for me.
Of course, it doesn’t take too long before the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand, comes to collect on the bargain struck between himself and Feyre…and that bargain is what allows us to visit the Night Court, which is quite a bit different from Tamsin’s Spring Court, and I have to say that I really loved the Night Court. It was so vibrant and alive.
Plus, we meet some amazing characters in this book. I loved Mor, Azriel, Amren, and Cassian so much.
And Rhysand…I knew there had to be more depth to him. In ACOTAR I felt like we were barely scratching the surface, so I’m glad we got to learn more about him in this book.
Things get so much more complicated in this book, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There is a darkness on the horizon, and hints of an evil that will need to be stopped, possibly with a war. The summary and the story make it seem like the whole thing depends on Feyre and she’ll be the only one able to defeat this enemy, but frankly I think if that happens I’ll be greatly disappointed. So many awesome characters and badass warrior-types were introduced so far, and it really should be more of a team effort.
So that’s what I’m hoping happens. Man, the wait until the third book in 2017 is going to take forever. Okay, so here we go…heading into the spoiler section. If you haven’t read the book yet and don’t want to be spoiled for events that happen, stop reading now.
Okay so I just want to talk about a couple of things in this book in a bit more detail.
I have seen a number of people commenting about how they thought he went through a dramatic personality change in this one, and I really have to disagree. We see hints of what is to come in ACOTAR. He is protective of Feyre because he is in love with her. He tells her to stay in the house and stay on his property several times. And he obviously was quite affected when Feyre died, so after she was resurrected by the High Lords and Ladies, of course that kicks his protective instinct into overdrive because he doesn’t want to ever see that happen to her again.
BUT, he takes it way too far. He becomes so overprotective that he is controlling and basically abusive. I don’t think it was a dramatic shift in his character traits. He is simply reacting to what happened previously, but he is handling it in a very poor manner, which actually is quite harmful to Feyre. So I completely understand it when she is mentally begging for escape and Rhysand just happens to swoop in and take her away from the Spring Court, which he can do thanks to the bargain they struck.
All of this is why I also understand why Tamlin does what he does at the end of the book, siding with the King of Hybern. As someone who is also a writer, I understand how Tam progresses to that point, and I probably should have seen it coming, but I admit that my jaw dropped when he stepped out at that point. The fact that he was so obsessed with having his possession back–because at that point I don’t think he really thought of Feyre as a person who could decide to leave or do anything; he only saw her as his.
Okay, so that brings me to the other point I wanted to bring up, and that’s Rhysand. I am wholly and completely on Team Rhys now, by the way. He is also protective, but not in a domineering way. He was a cruel bastard in ACOTAR but we learn here that he did what he had to in order to protect his people in his court’s hidden city.
Also, the way Rhys dealt with Feyre was amazing. He wanted to protect her and keep her from harm, but he understood boundaries. He knew that she needed to work through a lot of crap so he was there for her but he also gave her the time and space she needed. And that’s what I think made their relationship so epic. Oh..and oh so steamy. I’m definitely going to have to re-read this book soon because I devoured it so quickly that I’m sure I missed some things, and I’d like to be able to savor the story a bit more.
Bringing together my spoilery discussion of both Tamlin and Rhysand, I have to talk about that ending. Oh man. Seriously, that was freaking awesome. Of course Rhys would be the one to think of elevating Feyre to be the High Lady of the Night Court, his equal in every way. I love that he respects her and is confident enough in who she is now and how she has begun to learn to control her abilities. He respects Feyre enough to let her go into the Spring Court, to go back to Tamlin, and basically be an awesome spy. I can admit that I honestly was devastated for a couple paragraphs when Feyre’s bargain tattoo was removed and how it seemed like her mating bond with Rhys had been destroyed too. And then there at the very end, for Rhys to tell the others that the mating bond was still intact and that it was a good thing that Tamlin hadn’t checked Feyre’s other arm, which held her High Lady tattoos…it was beautiful.
Just…I need the next book now because I’m sure it’s going to be intense and amazing.