Recommended: if you’re on the fence about continuing the series, this book will probably decide it for you.
Feyre has undergone more trials than one human woman can carry in her heart. Though she’s now been granted the powers and lifespan of the High Fae, she is haunted by her time Under the Mountain and the terrible deeds she performed to save the lives of Tamlin and his people.
As her marriage to Tamlin approaches, Feyre’s hollowness and nightmares consume her. She finds herself split into two different people: one who upholds her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court, and one who lives out her life in the Spring Court with Tamlin. While Feyre navigates a dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms. She might just be the 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 in turmoil.
I was absolutely done with this series after how freakin’ boring the first book was. Quite disappointingly so. Tamlin was 100% unlikable for me, nothing really seemed to HAPPEN for about 75% of the book, and the ending “mystery” was so annoyingly obvious that imagining the character struggling with it made them unlikably stupid. (Maybe unlikably isn’t a word but I’m using it anyway.) So I was not going to read this book until a friend who loved the series said that book two goes in a different direction entirely and might make me like it more.
They were correct that I like it more, but I still don’t care enough to finish the series. The overall story and character style is just not working for me this time. The all-powerful chosen one theme is boring the heck out of me in this story and taking away some of my investment. If they’re so all powerful and can wipe out the world with a thought, how are they struggling with so many things? Anyway.
What I did like about this book, unsurprisingly, was it’s heavier focus on Rhys and the Night Court after – jesus I can’t even remember the main girl’s name — made her bargain with him at the end of book one. Oh right, Feyre. The new characters were more interesting and likable than those in Tamlin’s court (and again, fuck Tamlin) so I was more invested in this story. It definitely took some interesting turns, and I liked what I learned about the world now that we weren’t so stuck in the Spring Court. There’s a lot more story now, enough to validate this being a 3+ book series.The main piece of what I liked is pretty spoilery, so I’ll hide that below with the spoiler tag.
(view spoiler)[The fact that Tamlin is now the bad guy is INCREDIBLY satisfying to me, because I did not like him at all in the first book. I also didn’t like him in the second book, but at that point you’re not supposed to like him. (hide spoiler)]
Now. If I liked all of that, why do I still not care for this series? I mentioned above how bored I am with the all-powerful characters, but there’s more than that. I just do not care about the world. I don’t really like any of the characters, and I don’t feel connected to the world or invested in it’s life. It’s hard to root for those trying to save the world when I’m kind of “meh” about it in the first place. The writing itself feels suuuuper overdramatic. The use of the word “midnight” to describe anything that is maybe just darkly colored. The amount of communication people can do with just their eyes, or how many times eyes will flash with some unreadable emotion. You can read the emotion in my eyes and it’s boredom. It’s all pretty standard for this kind of fantasy romance, and especially standard for Sarah J Maas… but that’s a whole other issue.
And I skimmed the sex scenes while rolling my eyes, which is an absolute sign that this book is not working for me. 😂