After devouring the first book, naturally I moved onto the second one. I basically finished the first book and immediately went on to this one with out any really break in between. I will try to keep this review mostly spoiler free but this series must absolutely be read in order and since the second book is a continuation of the first, there will be some spoilers going forward. So if you don’t want my review to spoil anything, then I would suggest to stop reading after the next few paragraphs. Reader be warned.
If you haven’t read this series yet, I will say I thought it was a worthwhile read. I have enjoyed the series thus far (I am currently through book 3) and I am eager to read more books by Sarah J Maas. Her Throne of Glass series appeals to me quite a bit so I am excited to read more from this author. I would say this book is more of a new adult book rather than a young adult novel. The difference are subtle but basically this book has more sex than a traditional young adult novel would.
Of all the books in the series though, this one is probably my favorite and probably the longest. It comes in at over 600 pages which is about 200 pages more than the other books in the series. While it’s the longer book in the series, for me it went really quick. If you have read this series already, then I am curious which book was your favorite! Drop it in the comments below and let me know! Now let’s take a look at what I loved about this book and what I didn’t!
The seductive and stunning #1 New York Times bestselling sequel to Sarah J. Maas’s spellbinding A Court of Thorns and Roses.
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.
Bestselling author Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her dazzling, sexy, action-packed series to new heights. (Summary from Goodreads)
I will say it again before I get into the review here. I will try and keep this review spoiler free but it might be difficult as there are events that carry over from book one into this book so if you don’t want ANY spoilers then stop reading the review now. Reader be warned.
When book one ended we find Feyre back at the Spring Court with Tamlin, planning their wedding. It is very apparent that she is struggling with the events that happened under the mountain and with her new life as a Fae. After the first book, I thought there was no way that anyone could top Tamlin as a love interest for Feyre, however as book one came to a close, I had some doubts about him but by the time book two got going, I couldn’t STAND him and just wanted her time with Tamlin to be over with. Rhysand quickly came in to fill that role of knight in shining armor and savior. It was only a couple of chapters before I was 100% team Rhysand. Tamlin got on my nerves real quick and I was so happy when Feyre left the Spring Court to be with Rhysand and the Night Court.
I loved getting to know Rhysand and the other members of his inner circle. I also loved watching him woo Feyre throughout the book. This book had so much to offer in romance and magical intrigue as well as political interest. While this book was long, I felt like it read really really fast. It had such a great balance and there was a lot going on that I was excited for the next 3 books to really see how things take shape. Until I realized this main storyline is basically over by book three with the other two books bring more about Nesta and the post war rebuilding of hate kingdoms.
There was a lot happening in this book most of which I loved. Though I continue to have some struggles with some of the redundant descriptions—-things being torn to ribbons being one and ‘my mate’ and ‘the bond’ being the others. But overall I loved the romance in this book and seeing Feyre evolve as a character. She had a lot of things to overcome and I loved the Rhysand wasn’t in protective mode with her all the time. He let her learn to fight and defend herself and use her new powers without being a controlling asshole. His character was very refreshing in this series and I loved watching their love story unfold. Of the two books, I felt like this one had a lot more substance than book one and a lot more character development. I am eager to start the next one in the series!
Book Info and Rating
Format 624 pages, Paperback
Published June 2, 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN 9781635575583 (ISBN10: 1635575583)
Review copy provided by personal collection. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: YA, Fantasy