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.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights. Goodreads
About the Book:
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Book length: 640 pages
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA, New Adult, Magic, Fae, Fairies, High Fantasy, Retellings, Fiction, Sex, Action, Mental Illness, Depression
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Starting reading: July 10
Finished reading: July 16
“The sight of him in his Illyrian fighting gear, wings spread across the entire width of the clearing, his blade peeking over his shoulder… There, in that hole in my chest – I saw the image there. At first interpretation, he’d look terrifying, vengeance and wrath incarnate. But if you came closer… the painting would show the beauty on his face, the wings flared not to hurt, but to carry me from danger, to shield me.
“I didn’t want you to think I was trying to turn you against him,” he said. The painting I could see it; feel it. I wanted to paint it. I wanted to paint. I didn’t wait for him to stretch out his hand before I went to him. And looking up into his face I said, “I want to paint you.” He gently lift me into his arms. “Nude would be best,” he said in my ear.”
What did I think of the book? [spoilers halfway]
OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD!!! Do I need to repeat that or do you understand how I feel about the book?
This book gave me the feels.. The good, the bad, the loving, the sad and … the steamy *yes, I blushed* =] At some points I wondered if this book is okay for Young Adult readers… I’ve read definitions of YA and some said from the age of 12 and up…. I can’t imagine what a 12-year old would think about some chapters hahaha. It’s more New Adult than Young Adult.
This book precedes the absolute greatness of A Court of Thorns and Roses… This was even better and I already totally loved the first book… I can’t wait till May 4, 2017!!
But back to the story and what my thoughts on it are. You know my basic thoughts from the words above ^^ but I’ll break down the story and characters for you.
This story holds more than it all… Not only does it have tons of action, page turning events, war, victory and thrills. But it has a lot of other factors too. Love and betrayal, war and peace, happiness and depression, sex and rape, friends, family and enemies. It has more… I’ll explain more in the character breakdowns below:
SPOILERS IF YOU READ ON
Tamlin: High Lord of the Spring Court. Feyre’s sweetheart. The one she broke herself for. The one who kept her broken. The one who locked her away. A possessive jerk after all. Although his love run so deep he would betray his own world to have her. Yes, have her, not be with her. Feyre is a mere possession it seems. A woman he loves when he feels like loving someone. Think he’s smart to make deals with the King of Hybern, but gets deceived by him.
Rhysand: High Lord of the Night Court. Always thought to be the bad guy, because he rules from the Court of Nightmares. Because of the deal he made with Feyre, he has a special connection to her, a special bond. He feels what she feels, can hear most of her thoughts. Especially when they’re ‘yelled’ over the bond. So he comes to the rescue at the wedding. He recalls their deal and take Feyre to Velaris. His secret, his baby, his everything. He let himself be Amarantha’s whore and tortured for 50 years to protect the city and its inhabitants. His people, city and friends are his everything. Now Feyre belongs to his everything. He wants to protect, but not confine her. Love, but not smother her. He trains her, gives her everything she wants. Above all he gives her freedom, friends and a family. He’s not the bad guy everyone thinks. Over this book you learn to love him, to adore him and to crave him. With Illyrian wings and all. He does everything for the ones he loves, friend, family or mate. I truly want to see a lot more of him in the coming books. Although some parts were definitely, very hot and steamy ^^ The most dreamy thing about Rhysand truly is the first thing he said to Feyre in A Court of Thorns and Roses; “There you are. I’ve been looking for you.” And matter of fact that is really true, he dreamed of her before they even met. We find out one truly cute fact about Rhysand. He truly saved Feyre while under the mountain with Amarantha. He sent her the music, while she was trapped in the cave and broken to little bits of sad, scared and desperate Feyre. He beheld his promise to her, the one he made after the second task under the mountain, he made her learn to read.
Mor: Rhysand’s cousin and third in command. Saved by Rhysand from her family and brought to the Illyrian camp. Family is not all. Her family wanted to clip her wings and marry her off to the son of the high Lord of the Autumn Court, Lucien’s brother. Only her future husband would have mutilated, abused and raped her. A girl trying to postpone her menstruation, so she wouldn’t be valuable for marriage. Saved by her, now, close friends, she fled her family. Now she calls Rhysand, Azriel, Cassian, Amren and Feyre her family. She did lose her virginity by choice to the strongest Illyrian warrior there as; Cassian, she chose him herself. They have never been together since, something with Rhysand and Cassian having a big fight over it. Fun fact: She has permission from Rhysand to kill her parents whenever she’d like. Her full name is The Morrigan, a known mythical creature – also with wings. She claims to always tell the truth and claims she can’t otherwise. A woman with style, a dear friend and a good listener. That friend who always critics your fashion choices, but you end up looking fabulous by her hands.
Amren: Something so old, no one knows exactly what she is. Rhysand’s second in command. Drinks blood, loves lamb the most. Has special powers herself. Was reborn as a High Fae to fit in with the rest of the world. Don’t ever dare to steal from her. Protects her friends, family and citizens at all costs. Truly a bad-ass, not smart to mess with Amren. Probably over 10,000 years old, laid the first protection wards around Velaris 5,000 years ago. Believed to be trapped in this world.
Cassian: Rhysand’s oldest friend. Illyrian born as well, but as a bastard as well. Was invited to his home in the trainings camps by Rhysand. Became his friend and his partner in crime. Later on they found Azriel and the three of them were unstoppable. Low-born and needing 7 Siphons to channel his power. His Siphons are red stones. Cassian, Azriel and Rhysand are considered the most powerful Illyrians in history. Has a love-hate relationship with Nesta. She despises Fae. but is the first to get Cassian so on the edge. He considers Nesta a worthy opponent and a good challenge. He blamed her and Elain for the fact they didn’t take care of Feyre and let her take care of them. But later on he promises Nesta to protect her and Elain from anything if a war begins. Could there be more between him and Nesta in the future? In one of the last scenes, while trapped in the castle of the King of Hybern, he stirs when she screams. But he is unconscious and his wings just got shredded. ='[ No one should lose their wings and especially not get shredded ='[ I felt something shred in me for the pain he feels.
Azriel: Rhysand’s friend and shadowsinger. Spy. Illyrian born, the bastard son of an Illyrian lord. Kept in a windowless and light less cell by his mother during his youth, being allowed out and to see his mother an hour a week. He wasn’t allowed to train or fly. Such a shame, not being able to use those magnificent wings. At the age of eight, he was burned by his two half brothers. He was saved by the camp’s warriors, but the damage was done. He has permanently burned hands. Three years later he was dumped in another Illyrian camp, where he met Rhysand and Cassian. Still not a time for happy living. Rhysand’s father saw the three of them together and saw them as a too strong rival for his power. He separated them, Rhysand a commander of his own legion, Azriel kept as a shadowsinger and Cassian sent to war as a foot soldier. Happy times came when Rhysand became High Lord of the Night court. Both Cassian and Azriel got into Rhysand’s Inner Circle. Azriel became his spymaster.
Lucien: Son of the High Lord of the Autumn Court . Tamlin’s second in command. Has only one eye and a big scar over the missing eye, because of Amarantha. He’s a sarcastic and witty character. He cares more for people than he lets on. He cared for Feyre, but did not defy Tamlin to save Feyre. Was ordered to bring her back to Spring Court, he failed. In the end he discovers that Elain is his true mate. I believe he sees through Feyre’s plan to spy on Tamlin from th inside out. I think we will see more of him in the next novel.
Nesta: Feyre’s oldest sister. The selfish, cold, bitchy and distant sister. Always the angry sister, that’s why Feyre painted flames on her drawer in their old house. She doesn’t like the fact that Feyre is Fae now. She does tolerate the Night Court members, besides Cassian, for the sake of saving the world from a war between Fae, bad Hybern Fae and humans. But she and her younger sister Elain are kidnapped by Ianthe and brought to the Hybern’s King’s castle. They are being tortured there and turned into Fae.
Elain: Feyre’s older sister. A sweet and caring girl. A bit naive. Is supposed to marry of a rich young man, Graysen, from the town she lives. He gives her an iron engagement ring, he hates Fae and still believes iron hurts them. She is sympathetic toward the members of the Night Court and still calls herself Feyre’s sister, even after Feyre has been turned into a Fae herself. She is uncomfortable around Fae but still welcomes them. Also kidnapped by Ianthe and turned into a Fae by the King of Hybern, like her sister. Then and there she learns she has a mating-bond with Lucien. Before she can respond to that bond Rhysand and his friends take her and Nesta to the Night Court.
Ianthe: High priestess, ‘friend’ of Tamlin and traitor in disguise. She seems like a true friend, helping Feyre where her interest end. Think of picking flowers and a wedding dress, so not like Feyre. But that’s just a big, fat mask. She has taunted Rhysand in the past, he shows Feyre a memory, she wanted to sleep with him. He has a powerful lineage, and she wanted a powerful offspring. While in the Spring Court she keeps taunting Lucien for the same reasons. He ignores her. But Ianthe isn’t just a high Priestess who wants to have powerful offspring. She works with the King of Hybern and betrays them all. She delivers Tamlin and Lucien, having them thinking they made a good deal. She betrays them all. Tamlin betrayed his people and the other High Lords to Hybern, but even he falls into the trap Ianthe set.
Feyre: Reborn as High Fey, she discovers she was brought back due to the power of all seven High Lords. She has a part of all of them. She has a tough time in this book. Due to the abusive relationship with Tamlin, PTSD from being under the mountain and a depression to go because of her relationship and living circumstances in the Spring Court. She gets taken away – she thinks – by Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court – as he recalls their deal made under the mountain, for saving her life. But after all it was a rescue. She was locked away by Tamlin, like literally locked inside the house. I agree with Feyre, that makes you crazy, panic and ballistic. Her had forbidden everything to her, except painting and be a good girl and play with dresses and be nice to guests. Because of this routine, she feels sick, loses a lot of weight, looks like hell and is deeply depressed. She’s not able to paint anymore, painting was what Feyre was.
From the Night Court on she revives en grows even stronger, better and more beautiful. She learns to discover that she inherited the powers of the seven High Lords as well. She needs to learn to control them, Rhysand helps her with it. Those powers are truly awesome. She kicks ass!! But being kick-ass is not the only thing she learns. She learns what happiness means, who her true friends are and what a loving, helping family is. She can see the beauty of things again, learn why she painted the starry night sky on her old drawer and how to have a good time. Some parts are difficult, like how to rule the Night Court, trying to prevent a war and save the people she loves and those she wants to protect. Not only does the Night Court hold the Court of Nightmares, so do Feyre – and Rhysand. Feyre struggles with the fact Amarantha broke her. She suffers from those nightmares, but together with Rhysand she is slowly fixing that gaping, broken hole she has in her. With doing that they’re working on Rhysand as well. With those gaping holes getting fixed bit by bit. She learns what Rhysand really is to her. What love truly means.
In the end of the book she is the best example of self-sacrifice to save others. But she is a trickster as well. She and Rhysand had a deviously good plan and it worked. She sacrificed a part of herself and saved the day. Tamlin thinks he won, but this wasn’t the end of that story. Rhysand and Feyre will do everything to get her back to the place she calls home now. Can’t wait for the next book, May is too far away ='[
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