Author: Sarah J Maas
My Rating: 5!
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.
Spoiler Free Review:
Sarah J Maas is a goddess to the fantasy genre. Some of you may know her from her other series Throne of Glass. She just throws one badass character after the next at us. When I was suggested this book had not yet read any of her work and went in with a blank slate not expecting much. Then BAM, she blew me out of the water.
This novel is about one of three sisters named Feyre who has been through many hardships in her life. She is the hunter and the gatherer of her sisters and father. One day she is on her usual search for food when she witnesses something astounding (I won’t say what in the non spoiler area). After she witnesses this her life gets turned upside down and she is introduced to a whole new world, one she didn’t believe she could like while growing up.
I can guarantee if you pick up this book you will not want to put it down. Sarah J Maas has about 9 books out and I have read every single one and she NEVER disappoints.
SPOILER TIME!! (If you have not read it do not read ahead)
The book pretty much starts out with action and Sarah hooks you into a world that you will never want to leave. When she kills that wolf my mind couldn’t hang because I didn’t truly realize the bravery and strength that feyre had until that moment. It was especially brave because she was taking the risk that the wolf was truly a fae and if they would survive the ash arrow, she would be screwed.
Then a short time late a wolf fae comes to Feyre telling her she owes payment for the murdered wolf, the reason is because the humans and fae had a treaty and in this treaty it claimed a life for a life. Feyre ultimately decides that she will go willingly to live with him in Prythian, which is across the wall. It was either go with him or meet her untimely death. This fae, Tamlin lives in a huge mansion (I wouldn’t mind living there). It turns out that he is actually the High Lord of the Spring Court.
One thing that really confuses Feyre is the fact that Tamlin, his friend Lucien, and all of the staff wear masks on their face (getting some beauty and the beast vibes). SHe finds out that they have to wear them because there is was a party that they had been invited to wear a magic spell made is so that they may never take the masks off.
While there Tamlin makes attempts to befriend Feyre. He offers to teach her to read and gives her painting supplies, but she is unsure if she can trust him. As time passes Feyre discovers that Tamlin and Lucien are not giving her the full truth of what is happening with this curse over Prythian. To get answers she ensnares a Suriel, which is a type of low Fae that is compelled to always tell the truth. He tells her that the faerie kingdom Hybern resents the treaty with humans. Then fifty years ago one of his commanders disobeyed him. Then Feyre is attacked and Tamlin saves her. Since her has now saved her she decides she can somewhat begin to trust him. I’m sure it didn’t hurt that besides the mask Tamlin was a hottie 😉
Before the Solstice celebration in the Spring court Tamlin and Feyre kiss. This kiss was long awaited, we all knew the sexual tension would get to them. During the celebration Rhysand, who is the high lord of the night court, shows up and finds Feyre. He is known for being close, as in the bedroom close, to the queen. Tamlin pleads Rhysand not to tell Amarantha about Feyre, though Rhysand will not promise anything. On the spot Feyre decides to lie and tell him her name is actually Clare Beddor, who was a girl who lived in her town at home. After that Tamlin decides that it is too dangerous in the Spring court for Feyre. He tells Feyre that she must go home.The night before she leaves they finally make the beast with two bacl 😉
Once home she discovers that her family has miraculously come upon wealth, I think we all know who that came from,, and are living in a large manor. She comes to learn that the home of Clare Beddor is burned down, she knows this is because she gave that name. She ultimately makes the decision to go back across the wall.
She makes her way back only to find the manor destroyed and almost all empty. Only one servant is still there. She tells Feyre about the Queen Amarantha. She tells Feyre that she could have ended all of what Amarantha has donw to their world. SHe then tells her that Tamlin has to find a human girl who has killed a Fae out of hatred then make her fall in love with him. Feyre does love him, but she never told him, so she decides that she must go to his rescue.
Once Feyre makes her way to under the mountain she is forced to make a deal with the Queen. She must complete three tasks, one a month, and if she does Tamlin and all of the Fae Courts will be free.
She completes the first task but her arm is badly wounded and infected. Rhysand comes to visit her in her cell and heals her, but she is forced to make a deal with him as well. She must, once she wins, spend a week of every month with him for the rest of her life. He puts a tattoo on her arm and hand marking their deal, because that is ho you make deals in the night court. After that Rhysand forces her to be his escort to parties to flaunt her in front of Tamlin, who is not even allowed to visit Feyre.
Her second task is to solve a riddle to save herself and Lucien but she can’t read. Luckily, Rhysand is able to help her through the eye tattooed on her palm. He later admits to her that he wants to be free of Amarantha and hopes that she wins and that Tamlin will rip her to shreds. Rhysand seems to be becoming more kind with each time he visits Feyre.
The third task is simply that she kill three innocent Fae. They come out, heads covered and it is difficult but she kills the first two. To cope she tells herself that it is three lives to free all of the Fae. Though once they take the cover of the third fae, it turns out to be Tamlin. At this point I was freaking out because I had just got to liking Tamlin. She guesses correctly that he has a heart of stone and shoves the dagger in his chest. Then Amarantha says she didn’t say when she would free them and refuses to do it. She begins magically breaking all of Feyre’s bones. While in pain, Feyre is able to solve the riddle that the queen gave her. As that eas part of the bargain, all of Spring Court is released immediately.
Tamlin then attacks and kills Amarantha but she has already broken Ferye’s neck and she is dead. Feyre’s soul is somehow able to watch everything that is happening through Rhysand due to their bond. As Tamlin cradles her all the High Fae offer magic and Feyre becomes an immortal High Fae.
The mountain is destroyed but Feyre feels like there is a hole in her soul because of the innocent Fae that she was forced to kill. She then goes home with Tamlin to the SPring Court.
I absolutely LOVED THIS BOOK!! It is honestly one of my favorite books. I mean it has it all. It has faeries, hot guys, and action! Whenever my friends ant a book to read I always give them this book and force them to read it. I came into the book thinking I wouldn’t like it that much, but gave it a try for my sister. It absolutely blew my mind. I read it last summer and once I finished (the next day), I proceeded to read every other book that Sarah J Maas had.
I once again have to say Sarah J Maas is the fantasy GODDESS!
Until next time 🙂