‘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.’ (GoodReads) (626 pages, May 3rd 2016, Bloomsbury USA Children)
This book just blows me away. I read it in such a quick pace, that I never saw the days past. Coming to the end of each chapter I just wanted to continue reading and continue until I dropped. Unfortunately, having a full time job, I have to think about my sleep and I did have to force myself to put the book down and wait until the next day/evening to continue reading it, because it just wasn’t letting me go.
Storywise and character development-wise (is that even a word ^^) there were some things that can be discussed, but the way Sarah J. Maas crafts her story and writes it all down, is just so addictive, that you basically overlook all the little things that you would normally find irritating. The timeline doesn’t always fit and she always give priority to the characters and their development, not looking at how events would normally unfold in time. But, I appreciate the way she does it or else I wouldn’t devour every book she puts out there.
The most important part of this story is the relationship between Feyre and Rhysand, or lack thereof. The entire book they banter and fight, but always with respect and you slowly fall back in love with Feyre, who (thanks to Rhysand) gets strong again and confident. But you also fall in love with Rhysand, because he treats her with respect. The respect she fought so hard for, but never got of Tamlin. Always giving her the choice if she wanted to join him, Cassian, Azriel and Mor in their endeavours and adventures. Never locking her up or making her be the pretty wife. Letting her become the powerful character we fell in love with in the beginning and most importantly letting her become the woman she was always meant to be.
Rhysand was patient. Pushing her when he needed to, but letting go when he saw he went to far. But the other way around was true as well. She was there for him, when he needed her, letting her in, bit by bit to show why he did what he did, why he became who he is now… And most importantly who he really is. It did come as no surprise when they slowly started to fall in love with each other. Something I wished for so hard and seeing (reading) it unfurl in this story was, I think, the most important reason why I stayed hooked to this story. And the moment the mate bond snapped in place for her was just perfect. The way she reacted was, lets just say, not.
But they’re not the only ones. We got to meet a lot of new characters, all really interesting and different from each other. All strong females and males, standing by their high lord, but with their own ideas and personalities. The times they clashed and fought were the more interesting ones to read about. As well as the ones where they all got together and just were a family going out for dinner. But the bound between them was so unique, so strong, that even though they were all different, you could feel the love they had for each other through all the things they went through together.
I could keep talking about this book, because this is one of my favourites. Each time I read it again and again (yes, I’ve read it 5 times now, and still counting 😉 ), it devours me and spits me out at the end, feeling raw and real. Because it takes your heart, cuddles it, then throws it on the ground and jumps on it. It’s a rollercoaster of emotion, good and bad, of events and plot points that keep you guessing and gasping for days afterwards and just doesn’t let go. Never.
Sidenote: I’m currently reading the third book in this series, and this one, the second one, is still my favourite. My love for this book runs deep, so deep.
5 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend this entire series, and especially this book.