Genre: Fantasy, Fairytales, New Adult, Romance
Published May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury
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.
|This was a book I wanted to read and enjoyed every moment of it. I savored the pages and stretched it beyond the time it takes me to actually consume a book. Sarah J. Maas did exactly what I wanted her to, begged her to, in my mind after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, which was to build a world that was nearly tangible, a world I could smell, and nearly hear. The world that stems beyond the Night Court brings you on wisps of wind and sea air, to a beautiful, beautiful hidden realm.
"I have two kinds of nightmares: the ones where I'm again Amarantha's whore or my friends are... And the ones where I hear your neck snap and see the light leave your eyes."
This books dynamics happen to be vastly different from the first novel, we begin with Feyre prepping for a wedding and we can see as well as experience how closed off she has been from the world. Tamlin has become extremely protective, everyone has set Feyre on a shelf and seemingly has forgotten what she has accomplished, that she also needs to feel free. Tamlin doesn’t see the need for this… and on their wedding day, just as she was reaching the dais…
"Hello, Feyre Darling." he purred.
A bargain was to be fulfilled between Rhysand, lest we forget that one week out of every month he is to call on that bargain. Except it had been 3 months since Under the Mountain… That is where the book really gets interesting because I had no desire to read another book about Tamlin, he was likable in the beginning of ACOTAR but in this book? He made me seethe, I detested him and while I could understand, he also did wrong by Feyre.
So, we are able to see the Night Court and its dynamics, which entail an onslaught of enjoyable new characters that just add more elements to this world. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, they were all so vastly different, with their own depth and their own flaws. There was so much rich history behind them that melded them into the character they were on the page which made the reader connect.
We are able to see a beautiful, beautiful world or rather a city, Velaris, that was hidden and the outstanding elements that went into creating this world, its laws. This was a world that I could find myself submerged into and feel as if I were seeing, experiencing and tasting things without being bored to death. There were characters both major and minor that remained with you, that helped to craft this story.
Rhysand’s growth as a character is outstanding and although Feyre has a part in it [and she also grows, and mends along the way,] the way his world builds him, changes him, that itself is beautifully wonderful. I never saw him as a villain, but it is easy to paint him as one, no? This book, he makes you feel for his part, what he did entirely for his people, his court.
"I am the dark lord, who stole away the bride of spring. I am a demon, and a nightmare, and I will meet a bad end. He is the golden prince— the hero who will get to keep you as his reward for not dying of stupidity and arrogance.”
Feyre endures so much in this book as well, she grows and becomes something more, stronger and better than she was prior. She is strong , her powers seem to grow with her as she heals over time in the Night Court. I went from not being keen on her to enjoying watching her grow.
Exquisite world building, great character development and new characters and the ending to this book will leave you wanting the third in a “Must have” fashion. If you weren’t a fan of the first book, this is something completely different. This is what I was waiting for.
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