However, it didn't take me long before I was itching to read this, especially with my little talks with a few people on Twitter, who kept giving me little hints of things to come that I wouldn't understand until I'd read the book!
Here's the book!
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.
So, this book starts off a little while after the last book, in the Spring Court, with Feyre and Tamlin planning their wedding together (yes they actually ended up together, "yay" I hear you Tamlin and Feyre shippers yelling). However, it isn't long until Rhysand comes barging in and takes Feyre from the Spring Court to his Night Court to fulfil her bargain that she made during the time under the mountain ("yay" I hear the Rhysand and Feyre shippers shout - including me).
Yes, even I, the one who said she loved the romance between Tamlin and Feyre in the first book, am now a Rhysand and Feyre shipper. I just felt very early in the book that Tamlin was not the right person for Feyre after all that happened, and that he was too controlling to help Feyre through her transition from Human to High Fae. This book shows you just how hard a time Feyre is having with this transition, and all that happened Under the Mountain, and even though you wouldn't think it Rhysand really does help her get through it all, hence, I started to love him even more than I did (I've always liked a bad boy with a soft side, and in the last book he hit that perfectly).
But, rambling about fictional guys is not what this review is for (unfortunately) so I'll get onto discussing the book!
This book really gets you the insights into the Night Court, and oh my is it beautiful! You wouldn't have thought it with all the little things you had heard about it in the last book, but it is. I think I actually prefer it to the Spring Court! Though, I admit, I really do miss Lucien, even if in this book the few times you see him he is a massive annoyance, always following Tamlin's orders instead of actually helping Feyre through her hard times (but she does call him out on that in the book, and I love her for that).
This book though will really stick with me, as it shows Feyre starting to come out and accept her new life as a High Fae, and dealing with the horrors she was forced to endure Under the Mountain. It's such a powerful transformation and you can just see her learning to adapt, with the help of Rhysand and his inner court.
And the characters in this book that you meet! The characters! They are amazing. I love them all and I can't wait to see more of them.
I could ramble forever about this book, and I'm not sure I put into words how much I adore it, but all I can say is it is a powerful book with amazing characters, and I definitely recommend it, and the series so far. This book was a bit more serious than the last, but no less beautiful, and I'm not sure Sarah can make the next book better than this.
Though I will say, it isn't all PG so I wouldn't say younger readers should pick up this book!
Definitely rating this as 5 cats!
Have you read this book, and do you agree with me? Are you a Tamlin lover, or like me have you been converted from Tamlin to Rhysand? Comment below!