There are a thousand and one things that I could write about this book but I’ll try to keep it this review on the shorter side. If you’ve read my other review on Throne of Glass, the other series by Sarah J Maas, you should know that I am pretty obsessed with everything that she writes. There is something so gripping about the characters and worlds she creates and I am usually left reeling after each book. While this one is in no way my favorite, I wanted to write a review on it to set up for the second book in the series [which I can say with 100% surety, is my favorite book of all time. That could change of course when the final book in the series comes out on May 3rd of this year! We will find out. :)]
To dive into things, I really like that Maas has based these books loosely on different fairy tales, especially because you can change your perception on who you think she based certain characters on after reading the second book! Feyre, the main character, is of course likened to Belle because she ends up being taken to the faerie lands to be prisoner to Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court. He has the ability to shape shift into a literal beast when mad or upset in anyway so it’s easy to guess who he’s supposed to be in the fairy tale. Feyre eventually finds out that his lands are cursed and that her time being spent there is more about just being a regular prisoner. Without fully comprehending what the curse entails, she falls in love with Tamlin and by the end is willing to risk everything for him (which of course helps to break said curse).
Although we don’t get to see much of of the faerie lands in this book, the amount of world building we do get is quality stuff. We learn that there are seven courts–four for each of the seasons and three for each time of day. We also are introduced into the horror that is Under the Mountain (what once was as holy place and is now being held as a court for Amarantha–a veryyy nasty villain). A majority of the action takes place in that setting and it’s all pretty gruesome. It is here that we see Feyre’s bravery and love tested. It’s where we get to know Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court, and learn that there might be more to his agenda than being Amarantha’s plaything. Everything comes to a head Under the Mountain and when all is said and done, Feyre’s life and that of every single faerie in Prythian is forever changed.
Like I said before, while this book was just good, the second is GREAT. I highly recommend this series to anyone who is remotely interested in faeries, fairy tale retellings, and a truly engaging story!
*As a side note, I would say that these books are closer to New Adult than Young Adult as they do have some mature content!