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Originally published: May 5, 2015
Followed by: A Court of Mist and Fury
Synopsis: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Opinion: This is ANOTHER Beauty and the Beast type retelling. I will admit, it’s hard to get into at first. The character building in the beginning is long and slow, but it is necessary. This time around, like every other time around, Tamlin the Tool shows up and I don’t understand why I ever liked him. And then the story gets rolling.
I think as ACOTAR readers, we forget Tamlin was ever just simply curse bearing Tamlin. Tamlin DID take care of Feyre. He DID love her. He DID let her do as she pleased and was there to resuce/help her when needed. He WASN’T overbearing and over protective. In the end, Tamlin fights to save himself, and to fight for Feyre, the only way he knows how. Was that the right way? I think we all have mixed opinions on that one. I think if you are strongly anti-Tam, you should re-read ACOTAR. It definitely opened my eyes.
Rhysand, Rhysand, Rhysand. I think we also forget that Rhysand didn’t exactly treat Feyre the best at the beginning either. He did physically hurt her (Chapter 37, her arm.) He shouldn’t have traded her health for her having to go spend time with him. We kind of start seeing mythological stuff here, leading away from Beauty and the Beast, to the story of Hades and Persephone.
As a second time reader, we see a lot of clues we didn’t see before. I was laughing so hard at Rhys now that I know him in a different light. He acts so obnoxious, but he himself is hiding a lot of things and that is how he copes.
No one believed in Feyre during her challenges, except Rhys. He was the only one to take a chance and bet on her. Rhys did so many things that messed up his own life by helping Feyre. See; Amarantha. Rhys was sexually abused by her and everyone just called him her whore because they had no idea. Rhys is rough on Feyre, but he is trying to build her up and make her stronger so that Amarantha can’t break her. I don’t think he himself really understands why he helped her until the very end.
*SPOILER* I saw a lot of things this time around that really made me realize how WRONG Tam and Feyre are together and how drawn she is to the night court. One quote I found and loved was, “Though the horror of Rhysand’s magic still tore at me…” This was after Rhys showed up during dinner and made Tam and Lucien bow in the dining room. Y’all. She’s trying to get it on with Tam but she can’t stop thinking about Rhys. The way she reacts to Rhys. When she’s in the cell and Rhys licks her tears. Bam. I was sold on Rhys at this moment. Not on Calamari, not in the dining room, but when they were in the cell together. And then this may just be my new favorite part of the series, “He bowed at the waist, those wings vanishing entirely, and had begun to fade into the nearest shadow when he went rigid. His eyes locked on mine, wide and wild, and his nostrils flared. Shock – pure shock flashed across his features at whatever he saw on my face, and he stumbled back a step. Actually stumbled.” YAS YOU KNOW. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. *END SPOILER*
A Court of Mist and Fury is my favorite book in this series, so expect a long, LONG review on that one. I tried to make this one as spoiler free as possible. I don’t know if ACOMAF will be the same way. The whole thing may be a spoiler. Pray for me.
My Rating: ★★★★★