Published: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Paperback: 626 pages
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Fae, Romance
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“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
We left off with Feyre going back to Spring Court and her love, Tamlin. But things are not the same as they used to be. Feyre is plagued by what happened under the mountain and Tamlin isn’t sure how to help her. And just when she thinks Rhysand forgot about their deal, he makes his entrance and sweeps her off to the Night Court. This is where things start getting interesting!
Before I go over to the spoiler section of this review, trust me when I say, this book is 100% better than the first. I kept seeing people freaking out about this series, and there is a very good reason why. READ THIS BOOK!
From here Feyre begins to heal, she gets what she needs: freedom. Rhysand understands and he tries everything in his power to help her, even if she doesn’t realize it yet. Whenever she goes back to Spring Court she feels trapped and Tamlin does nothing to help her. Instead he locks her up. This completely breaks Feyre – her heart and spirit. She is then rescued by Rhysand. In a way she is thankful that he did, but she still fears him and her feelings. That is until he takes her to Velaris – The Court of Dreams. Here she sees the real Rhysand and she starts falling.
What I loved about this book was how it took an ordinary story and turned it epic. You still want to root for Tamlin, but as Feyre realizes that he could never be what she needed, that he didn’t understand her at all and that he treated her like a possession, you come to realize the same. At the same time Rhysand’s true self gets revealed and you can’t help knowing that this is going to be a love story for the ages.
Not only is the romance A+, but the storyline is fantastic. The courts, the history, the legends and the brutal nature of the fae is breathtaking. The characters are so unique and so well described that I could hardly stop reading.
Velaris is probably one of my favorite settings of all time. The streets, buildings and sheer life of it is so well written. And the star fall night sounded absolutely amazing. This is definitely a world I would want to life in!
There are battles and action and romance that made my heart race! I inhaled this book and it definitely lived up to the hype. Going off the first book I wasn’t so sure, but boy was I wrong! One of the best books I have read in a very long time.
This got a 9/10 from me.