Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on May 3rd 2016
Genres: fantasy, new adult, young adult, romance, Fantasy & Magic
The # 1 New York Times bestselling sequel to Sarah J. Maas' spellbinding A Court of Thorns and Roses.
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.
I’ll try to remain as spoiler-free as I can, but unfortunately can’t guarantee due to it being a sequel. If you have not read this book yet, then here’s your warning now. Read reviews of any sequels at your own risk.
Okay, let me get some things off my chest before I really get going…
If you’re a huge Tamlin fan, you’re going to be severely disappointed in his lack of appearance in this installment. Lucky for me, I am a Rhysand fan. There’s a lot of Rhysand. It’s clear by the end that he’s more than just an extra male character for Feyre. He plays a much larger role than even I expected. Not a bad thing at all, though. 😀
The details Maas puts into her words are both good and somewhat bad. At times, the details are stunning, with easy visuals to the scene and characters. I absolutely love this in writing because I personally read books with a lot of imagination, almost like the movie version playing out in my head as I’m reading. However, the details can become too much at times, causing lengthy/wordy passages that almost drag because all of the extra details might have not been necessary. There were a few times it did this for me in the book, in which I caught myself scanning some to get through the dragging parts.
The revelation with Rhysand toward the end didn’t really surprise me either, tbh. There was actually a lot of foreshadowing with various instances so I didn’t get surprised by much of anything throughout the entire book. The cliffhanger ending was about the only thing that snuck up on me.
If you didn’t like Tamlin as a character in the first book, like myself (I didn’t like his character at all), you just might very well loathe him by the time you’re done reading this installment. His character arc took an odd turn, and not for the better. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news there, but that’s how I feel about it anyway.
While I had some small (very small) issues through the entire novel, I still loved it. I’m very curious about the next installment for sure, and I feel like I may like this series more than the Throne of Glass books. Maas always knows how to bring her A Game.