5 out of 5 Stars
I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I just had to pick up the next book in the series. Plus, it has an impressive 4.73 star rating on Good Reads, so who wouldn’t want to see what happens next?
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.
This book would have gotten 6 out of 5 stars if I didn’t feel silly giving a rating like that. But, I have no issues saying that this was hands-down my favorite book that I’ve read so far this year.
This novel has the most amazing character arcs, packed with raw emotion and gripping action. We begin with Feyre, broken and guilt-ridden after the horrors that occurred Under the Mountain in A Court of Thorns and Roses, leaving her at the precipice, unsure if she wants to continue on with life. Her transformation throughout the story, with the assistance of a few unlikely allies, is remarkable. This novel also gives greater insight into the life of Rhysand, the notorious High Lord of the Night Court, and reveals his dark connections to Tamlin. Feyre must overcome her fear and hatred to work with Rhysand to defend Prythian from a new, more deadly threat. To her surprise, behind his vicious mask, she discovers a skilled warrior, a humorous distraction, and possibly even a friend.
As with the first novel in the series, the imagery and world building are phenomenal. Readers step straight into the world of Prythia, beginning with the familiar Spring realm, full of roses and light, before delving into the territory of Night. From warm enveloping darkness to glowing starlight, amazing surprises await around every corner. After months hearing whispers of the terrors within the Night Court, Feyre’s new world is more beautiful than she could have imagined, leading her to question all she thought she knew.
Beyond the great story arcs and wonderful imagery, this novel also deserves credit for offering a heartbreaking example of an emotionally abusive relationship. Not only the ways that toxicity affects the abused individual, but also the way it affects family and friends around them. Its so easy to question someone in such a situation: Why did you stay with them if you were being abused? Why didn’t you seek help? This novel does an amazing job addressing such stigmas and showing how individuals with abusive pasts can end the cycle and grow to love themselves again.
Because of the adult nature of this book, I feel it would be better listed as New Adult rather than YA. This novel displays the heartbreaking results of an abusive relationship, which might be disturbing for sensitive readers. There are also several sexual scenarios, repetitive uses of crude language, and multiple instances of graphic violence.
Overall I loved this novel and give it 5 out of 5 Stars. If you are looking for a new take on old fairy tales mixed with plenty of romance and action, give this series a shot!