“No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”
WHOA!!!! This was SOOOO much better than A Court of Thorns and Roses! I disliked the first book in this series immensely. The “hero” was a weak brute. The villain was rather pathetic. The heroine was annoying and desperate. And, it was supposed to be a retelling of my favorite fairy tale. I loathed it. However, I was told to give this one a go regardless because this was nothing like the previous. I took it on faith and began the book early in the day only to set up camp in my bedroom and forget to eat!
For those of you who hated Tamlin as much as I did, rest assured your hatred is justified and he becomes even more of an uncouth brute in this tale. Also take your ease in knowing that he is absent for the majority of this Feyre’s new adventure. For you see, we spend this story in the Night Court.
“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”
When Tamlin goes too far in his belief that he owns Feyre, she gets aide from the most unlikely place– at least it seems unlikely to her. Rhys, High Lord of the Night Court, calls in his bargain and then gives Feyre a choice: stay or leave.
“There are different kinds of darkness,” Rhys said. I kept my eyes shut. “There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful.” I pictured each. “There is the darkness of lovers, and the darkness of assassins. It becomes what the bearer wishes it to be, needs it to be. It is not wholly bad or good.”
Without giving too much away, the Night Court is nothing like Feyre imagined it would be. It is a place of unspeakable evil… and a place of wondrous joys. And Rhys, Rhys is nothing like she thought he would be.
“To the stars who listen — and the dreams that are answered”
But there is more to this tale than a young girl growing up. (view spoiler) This is a tale about how one young woman turned fae could be the key to stopping a war and saving the human world in the bargain.
“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
Feyre must struggle to learn who she is and how to use her new fae powers to protect those she holds most dear. And those she holds dear may no longer be who they once were.
This was a whirlwind of a tale that brings us through betrayals to new family and the brink of war. There are no guarantees. No sides that are spoken for. Just when you think you might know good from evil, the tables turn. While one beast’s love threatens to tear apart the world, another’s love is the guiding force to save all that is precious…to make a better world.
I cannot wait for the next installment!!!