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.
I’ll admit it – while I find some aspects of the author’s writing problematic, she’s as entertaining as hell. I mean, I am rather tired of the manly muscle-y growly fairy men and I know she likes to switch popular love interests, which are two of the most common complaints – but there’s a lot to be praised as well.
For starters, I like how she depicts different kinds of female characters who represent different kinds of female strength – some use physical prowess or powers, others use their bodies or minds or wit or manipulation. I adore the sisterhood that is incorporated into her work. And the equally wonderful friendships. I like that her female characters aren’t relegated to sticking with their first loves, and that they are free to experience physical pleasure without shame or obligations.
Now, for the particulars of this book. MILD SPOILERS AHEAD.
I admit, I didn’t like Rhys in the previous book. And I don’t particularly care that he had justifications for his behaviour and actions, he was still sleazy AF. But I adore the new characters in this instalment. That’s another strength of this writer – she can introduce you to a new character and five chapters later they’re a new fave. I love the loyalty between the Night Court Crew, as I have officially named them. (But sheesh, does anyone NOT have a tragic backstory? Although I suppose that makes for a boring narrative, yes?)
I did like how the author handled the destruction of the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin. I thought the explanation made total sense, and was well depicted – how the person she was before her ordeal was completely different to the person she was now, and her needs and wants had changed accordingly.
I had loved the High Lord who had shown me the comforts and wonders of Pythian; I had loved the High Lord who let me have the time and food and safety to paint. Maybe a small part of me might always care for him, but…Amarantha had broken us both. Or broken me so that who he was and what I now was no longer fit.
I like how hints that were dropped in the first book came full circle. I was sucked into the story despite my misgivings, and it paid off. Maas is particularly good at vivid imagery, which really came through strongly in this book. Her love scenes are alternately scorching and cringeworthy, but she really knows how to bring the swoons. So yes, in short, while I am not blind to her faults, I think she’s also a strong storyteller, with fresh ideas and flawed female characters.