First, Feyre is a fae. Oh my god. I knew as soon as she was brought back by all of the high lords that she’d be more important than anyone. She was brought back by the most powerful men, how would she not get some of that power? Her power is just so … amazing? Tamlin wants to suppress it and denies her having any power. Rhys wants to help her control it so she doesn’t hurt herself, again protecting her but also letting her make her own decisions. I love how she just discovers slowly which power is to who and how through different bonds with Rhys she has stronger powers that are similar to his. I really am curious what is come of her powers. Obviously it’s pretty powerful (and overpowered) to have the power of ALL of the high lords, but what is expected of a high lady. 😉 But seriously, what did they expect when they brought her back with all of her blood?
Sarah J. Maas’s writing is amazing. I just want to point out that she actually included panic attacks and other issues throughout the book. Feyre wasn’t just all of a sudden fine after such a traumatic event. I really hate how in a lot of books of sequels, especially in young adult books, that the protagonist will just be 100% fine after killing (or being killed) … or an accident … or anything else highly traumatic but we get to see Feyre’s recovery throughout her PTSD and it’s just overall amazing that Maas wrote that in.
I am really disappointed in how much of a douche Tam became but I’m not surprised. He became the poster boy for an abusive, controlling boyfriend. The first book, he had a lot of abusive attributes and I kind of touched on that in my review, but not much. I think I just mentioned the lack of control and how his actions irritated me. Feyre was drowning in sorrow and pain. He just … let her. He locked her up like the beast he is. Ugh. I love how Sarah J Maas twisted the Beauty and the Beast theme back around like that, however, this time … Tamlin wasn’t the savior. In a sense, Rhys was also the beast since he was “trapping” her with the bond then “stealing” her away. I don’t know much of the lore but I think people even mentioned that this was a lot of Hades and Persephone lore. I really want to look into all of that now.
I love how worried Rhysand gets over all of Feyre’s dreams while she’s at the Spring court … and then he finally shows up to cash in his deal with her at her wedding day because she was begging for help.
Rhys and Tam were completely opposite. Rhys wanted to help Feyre learn to read and write for his own intentions but also for her own benefits … reading is obviously helpful. He told her straight forward that he had his own reasons. Tamlin, however, never even included Feyre in his court affairs except what was expected of his “wife”. Rhys was wanting to make change where as Tamlin wanted to just uphold looks and continue history/traditions.
I hate how the Spring court made the citizens pay tides and that Tam acted like every court did that. It was just another lie or … lack of telling towards her. However, later Feyre realizes that the Spring court is the only who made citizens to pay tides, even if they can’t afford then, like the water wraiths. I was SO happy when the water wraiths came to the rescue to pay back their “debt” to Feyre.
In the beginning, we were introduced to a new character “Ayanthi”. She was introduced as this helpful priestess who was supposed to have Feyre’s back. I didn’t trust her at all. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen but I didn’t trust her. I was right. Not to mention all of the human queens being all bitchy and the one actually sneaking them the book that they needed. I’m glad that there was one that was good and helpful.
I really hate that Tamlin trapped her in the Spring court, but it was amazing that Mor came in to bring her out. Everything was done “legally” so it didn’t start war between the courts.
I hate how Tamlin didn’t even notice that she couldn’t stand the color red. She would go into a major panic attack just from red paint or the slightest color of red. Rhys realized this though. He noticed every cringe, every ounce of fear. However, red, including the description of “blood red” doesn’t bother her progressively throughout her time at the Night court.
Feyre’s time at the night court was amazing. Rhys actually treat’s her as one of his own and gives her an option to be a part of his court. Shows her his secrets and let’s her be herself. This entire time Sarah J. Maas just made me fall in love with Rhysand’s character more and more. I loved it! I love that he would console her and wrap her in his wings. I love that she could create a glamour of her having wings … I wonder if she CAN have wings? I don’t know. The next title was revealed and it’s The Court of Wings and Ruins, so WHO KNOWS????
The happier Feyre became at the night court, the more paintings flash in her mind. It was so adorable and you could tell her mental health was mending! Her confidence was slowly rising as well. Also, how adorable are those paintings in the cabin??? PS. I knew they were mates!!! <3 And the backstory of Rhys having dreams of her? And her painting the night sky because of him? OH MY GOD. I love how offering food is acceptance of the mating bond too. Who doesn’t love food?
I know I’m jumping everywhere and skipping some amazing parts. I think that’s because I’d have to just write out the whole book to include all of them! Anyway, I’m skipping to the end.
I knew Tamlin was the psycho ex boyfriend but I cannot believe he teamed up with the King of Hybern … just to get back Feyre because he’s possessive and controlling. WHAT?? Seriously. What was he thinking? This whole section was just … ugh, had me on the edge of my seat and I love and hate how Feyre and Rhys already had it figured out to some extent. It was so sad when Nesta and Elain were brought in. I was so pissed off at Tamlin that he used her family against her. Seriously? I knew instantly that Elain and Lucien were mates. Nesta was just a badass. I was so scared one of them were going to die but nope Nesta was just like, bro, get the fuck off my sister.
In the first book, I didn’t really like Nesta and Elain. They were the older sisters that let their little sisters take care of them. To be honest, they were spoiled brats. Nesta took care of and looked after Elain but seemed to care less for Feyre, the one feeding her. It was pity. However, when we found out that she came looking for Feyre and that none of Tam’s glamour worked, I thought she’d be a powerful character and I gained tremendous respect. This book, they played an even bigger role. I cannot wait to see how badass Nesta becomes in the upcoming book. Everything happens for a reason in Maas’s writing … and all of the things that could happen with the mating bond between Elain and Lucien? I cannot wait. I can see Elain perhaps running away and trying to get to Feyre and Lucien … I’m not sure. Or perhaps both of them traning. We don’t know what that pool actually does to a human besides making them a fae.
I love, love, love that Tamlin just told Feyre “there’s no such thing as a high lady” where as Rhysand made her his High Lady, equal in every way. I am in love with the fact that the King of Hybern thought that he broke the mating bond … I really hoped that it was just the bargain, deal bond thing that they made and luckily it was. I cannot believe that Tamlin actually fell for her act … Feyre’s now acting so innocent, “oh no, what happened, what has he done to me?”, but really she’s just heartbroken. Now she’s a secret spy in the Spring court. I love that any bond shows itself physically in a tattoo form … I wonder if she’ll remove her glamour at night during a private moment just to see the tattoo. Will her and Lucien team up against Tamlin or will he still be a loyal servant? I don’t see that happening since his mate is in Rhysand’s hands.