Rating: 3 Stars
“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.”
I picked up this book on a whim after seeing it multiple times, and after researching with discovering mixed reviews on it, so I decided to make an opinion myself.
I went into this book not knowing what to expect. The beginning pages were slow, but it helped that her writing style differed from Throne of Glass because in this book, the writing wasn’t as complex, and which was good because it didn’t need to be in this book. After Feyre was captured it started to pick up. I liked how mysterious the castle was and Tamlin and Lucien added to the factor. It was as if you were in Feyre’s position and you were trying to figure out their lives, and how everything worked out inside the castle, considering Tamlin is the head of the castle, and he had to go to missions, and other things.
I think the book could have evened out the action because it all happened at the last 30-40% of the book. The rest of the book had little snippets of things happen, but I think it was just kinda thrown in there I feel like. After she is in the castle, I don’t like how Feyre acts; in the beginning, she seems all tough and helpful, but she doesn’t listen to either Tamlin or Lucien. Especially Lucien when he specifically tells her not to do something, she does the opposite. It seems as if she switches strengths from the beginning, loses it in the middle, and gains it back at the end almost.
“I stepped out of the shelter of my savior’s arm and turned to thank him. Standing before me was the most beautiful man I’d ever seen.”
I think the romance between Tamlin and Feyre were a bit random, we were expecting it, but the way the characters connected it didn’t seem that it was natural. I understand her feelings when she was drugged on the Fae drink, and they were in the field, like that longing lust feeling but Tamlin, who wasn’t drunk just seemed a bit creepy.
Another thing is when Tamlin bit her on her neck after she left her room (after she was told not to), I thought was weird, even after Feyre brought it up, and Tamlin didn’t even care, so she decided not to as well, which was really interesting.
The sex scenes seemed rather unnecessary, and the way the author explained them were worded rather interesting, it was like metaphors bunched together. Usually, those scenes don’t bother me, but the ones in this book felt really weird and didn’t seem right.
I did hate that Tamlin sent her home. Her family was different, which is understandable but after Feyre went back, the castle had been raided. She talked to her maid, Alis explained the real reason Tamlin brought her to the castle in the first place, and lying about the treaty made me incredibly mad.
I think Feyre was a pretty strong character in the beginning, and then she fell flat. She had to be tough for her family, but as soon as she went to the castle, she wasn’t tough, she was pretty weak, and nothing really stuck out about her after, until the challenges.
I did have mixed feelings of Tamlin, he isn’t particularly a good character but he isn’t bad either, I just didn’t think he was particularly likable. I did find Lucien likable, and I liked hearing about his character more than anyone else.
I did although like the mystery of finding out who “she” was after Feyre kept hearing Tamlin and Lucien’s conversation.
I was disappointed in how the author made Amarantha, she was made up to be this big strong queen, but after the last challenge, it was very easy to kill her, which shouldn’t have been if she was so strong.
I also didn’t like the challenges in the book to win back Tamlin. The first one, I can see as hard. The second one, not so much, it was much easier, which felt odd. The last challenge was an interesting take. I didn’t like Feyre killing the first two people, but at least she was hesitant on doing so.
Ryhsand, I have mixed feelings for after reading this book. I hated him after he was introduced in this book. He did a lot of bad things, and I felt like he used Feyre for his benefit, which brought on this hatred. Then there was the factor of being an actual comfort and friend to Feyre, and he actually turned into a decent person. I do feel that although he has turned into a decent human being, doesn’t change what he did earlier in the book. I do look forward to reading about him in the rest of the series.
Overall, it was an okay book, but I am hoping that the rest of the series gets more interesting, and there is more character growth because these characters were very flat and boring. They weren’t up to par with what they should have been. This book wasn’t as good as I’d hope for it to have been, but I still would like to continue this series.
“Because all the monsters have been let out of their cages tonight, no matter what court they belong to. So I may roam wherever I wish until the dawn.”