Summary: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Review: I’m. Obsessed.
Maybe not as much as Amanda is (she literally called me when I told her I finished it and asked a billion questions about what I thought), but I still loved it. I’m having trouble focusing on writing this review because I just want to start the next book.
I was a little wary going into it. Amanda’s been trying to get me to read them for the longest time and my husband just read them recently. They’re both pretty good about not giving away huge spoilers but between them and the internet in general, I knew a lot about this series beforehand. Now I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else so I’ll be kind of vague, but certain things I knew about the characters ahead of time made me worried that I wouldn’t be able to connect with them the same way I normally would. Luckily it didn’t turn out to be a huge problem. I was still able to love the characters while impatiently waiting for the story to progress to certain parts I’d been excited for.
Feyre is my favorite. She has her ‘ignorant human’ moments (is anyone else getting as sick of this trope as I am?), but overall she’s a brave, intelligent, strong character who fights to protect those she cares about no matter what. I actually really enjoyed that side of her. So often, authors try to make characters who always do the right thing; the heroes have this unwavering moral compass and that’s what makes them heroes. Feyre isn’t like that. She protects herself and those she cares about and that’s it. She’s willing to do things, for her family, for Tamlin, that weigh on her conscience and would probably make her less of a hero t some. For me, I loved her more because she was so flawed.
I liked Tamlin a lot more than I was expecting to. He’s brooding, tough, sexy but able to have gentler moments with Feyre where he lets his guard down. I definitely think there were parts he could have handled differently. He has the arrogance of an immortal which might not have been bad by itself but combined with him treating Feyre as a fragile human who needs to be protected, resulted in some really awful things that might have been avoided if he’d done things differently.
Rhysand drives me nuts. I mostly only saw him toward the end of the book and I just need MORE. I know (from Amanda and my husband) that I’m going to love him later in the books but right now he’s still acting like a jerk. I can’t wait to get to know him better in the next book.
Lucien was a really fun character who added a lot of humor to otherwise serious scenes. Feyre’s sisters, Elain and Nesta, annoyed me at the beginning but I have hopes for my feelings changing later in the series, especially for Nesta.
Being a painter, Feyre’s descriptions of the setting were vivid and detailed without being tedious which I really liked. It gave her a reason to notice her surroundings in a show-don’t-tell sort of way. It was something I appreciated because it’s why I usually have trouble with settings.
The plot was fantastic. A little slower in the middle as Feyre and Tamlin got to know each other but the last half was insane. Fast-paced and filled with drama and action that kept me on the edge of my seat. Except for the couple chapters I started yesterday, I read this book straight through in one sitting.
I’d recommend it to anyone who likes YA, fantasy, romance, and especially stories about faeries. I thought the magic surrounding them and their culture was extremely unique in this book. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments. Thanks for reading.
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