Star rating: 4 ⭐ / 5 ⭐
Synopsis: from StoryGraph–
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.
General information: This book was published in May 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s.
Okay, I get the Rhysand hype now.
Am I on that hype train? Unfortunately, yes. I know, I know! I’m as surprised as everyone else. I was so prepared to be disgusted by the romance with Rhysand but I actually, genuinely like his character. Sue me.
I really loved the found family part of this book with the Court of Dreams. All the characters were interesting and I liked learning more about their relationships and personalities.
I also really liked all the focus on trauma and what it can do to a person- I was prepared to complain about the sudden reversal of Tamlin into a villain but it felt believable to me. Stuff happens, people change, especially when they’re put through everything that happened at the end of the first book. I thought the focus on Feyre’s poor mental health (and poor physical health, at some points) was realistic and I liked seeing her come out of that.
I was a little confused by the plot, at points- sometimes it felt a tad meandering, and Maas is given to infodumps at times that I tend to want to skip over. I thought this book was a good sequel though, as it expanded on the consequences of the ending of the first book in a way that I liked a lot.
This is also way (wayyyy) longer than most of the books that I read, but I still managed to finish it in about 3 days, so kudos to the author for keeping me engaged the whole time! I was totally immersed in the world and characters. A series hasn’t gripped me like this in a long, long time.
Overall, I’m starting to begrudgingly recommend this series! I think this book was much better-written than the first and I could hardly put it down.
Content warnings: Trauma, discussions of past traumatic events (violence, death, etc), mentions of sexual assault, sexual content in general (skip chapter 55 if you’re not into sex scenes), emotional abuse/toxic relationship, mental illness, violence, death, and more (check out the StoryGraph page linked above for a more detailed listing!)
Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!