I want to start by stating that I have already read this entire series multiple times. I did not write this review after finishing the first one. That MIGHT affect my review and my opinions. I would also like to state that there are SPOILERS in this review.
Feyre kills an oddly large wolf in the woods and is now forced to pay for the life she has taken. A beast bursts into her life and drags her past the invisible wall into a land that has terrified her for as long as she can remember. When they reach Prythian, she learns that not only is her captor not an animal, Tamlin is among the high fae who once ruled not only Prythian but the whole world.
She is trapped on his estate, among his friends and servants, but is determined to return to the family she left behind. Anger pushes her to put herself in more danger than she ever imagined, but things don’t go as planned.
As her feelings for the ruthless Tamlin change, she is warned that there is a sickness spreading through her new friend’s lands. She knows that the only way to get what she has always wanted is to help him find a way to beat it. Will she save his world or will she doom it even further?
When I first picked up this book, I was just coming out of a reading slump and had a hard time getting into it. The first few chapters didn’t really catch my attention and confused me so I almost put it down and walked away. I am so glad I didn’t.
This book quickly became one of my all time favorites and it held my attention. It sucked me into its world and I became extremely invested in everything that was happening. There were several plot twists that I didn’t see coming, but others that I spotted a mile off and was so excited when my thoughts were finally confirmed.
Feyre is an amazing character to follow. She is strong, independent and determined. She is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish her goals. Once she sets her mind to something, nothing can sway her. When she loves, she loves fiercely and is willing to do anything for that love.
Prythian is a fascinating place. I felt like I did not learn nearly enough about the spring court while I was reading this book. I wanted to know so much more about what was happening and about the land that surrounded the manor. Even when I look at the map in the front of the book, it does not show where exactly the manor is located.
After I read this book, I found out that it was originally inspired by Beauty and the Beast, which I find extremely fitting as I look back over not only the first book but the entire series. It was always my favorite Disney princess movie and it made me fall in love with the series even more.
Maas’s writing style was not like any other author’s that I had read before. She wrote in first person, which did not bother me, but she had a tendency to cut thoughts off mid-sentence which even now still bothers me. However, this is extremely realistic because that is the way that we actually think. I really did feel like I was in Feyre’s head. While it could be annoying at times, like when Feyre repeated herself or I had not gotten to the same conclusion and the thoughts were cut off, I really enjoyed reading the story the way it was written.
Overall, I loved this book and the entire series. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone and gave it 5 out of 5 stars. It is easily one of my favorite series and probably always will be. I am so excited to see what Maas does with it in the future.