When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
I saw this book popping up everywhere. So naturally I had to check it out. But I don’t think I was prepared for what was coming to me with this book. Once I got the book I was just going to see what it is all about and what it is like but before I knew it was 1 AM and I was 75% into the book. And the only reason I put it down was because my body demanded sleep, but as soon I woke up and gad time I devoured the last 25% of the book. So first I should say that the book is rated for Grade 9 and up on Amazon but I really think it should be higher, I think it is more of a NA book. It is very nature and some really steamy scenes in it for a 9th grader, but that could just be my personal opinion. I think what I liked most about the book was Feyre her story arc and her growth throughout the book. I loved that while the book is rather fast paced the story-line is slow, she slowly learns to trust them (The Fae) and slowly becomes the strong woman she ends up being. While she was the sole provider for her family in the mundane world she never see herself as much. She is very insecure and a little hopeless in the beginning. But she grows a great deal and it all seems very natural and not at all forced. She learned her while life that the fae are evil and want to destroy the humans, now that she is forced to live there. Of course she is trying think of a way to escape and she is pretty smart but not smart enough to escape Tamlin and his court. I like the friendship that is slowly developing between her and Lucien first. The same goes with her relationship with Tamlin, romance or otherwise. It all comes slow and natural and really beautiful. I really like their romance and it, like I said, got rather steamy at times. It was really nice and beautiful but we all knew something was coming and when that something or should I say someone. Amarantha . Came things turned ugly really quick. But once Feyre comes back to the court and learns about the curse and is on her way to rescue not only Tamlin but his whole court we find out how strong she really is. She is holding her own and standing her ground, no matter what the odds. She goes through so much in such a short little time with little to no help at her site. Only one is helping her and it is costing her a lot. Maybe even more than she can pay. Amarantha is truly evil and will not give up her fight against Feyrea and all human kind and on her quest to have Tamlin for herself. I really liked Tamlin and Lucien and their friendship above all. Rhysand, I’m not really sure yet what to think of him only time will tell but I think he will be a major player in this game that is being played. The end had me a little surprised. I was wondering how it would end but that was not I expected. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, from the beautiful world building to the wicked awesome characters. It was beautiful and then it was dark, it has romance and humor and lots of guessing.
I rate it 4★ and can’t wait to get started on book 2 which I unfortunately have to wait for to arrive in the mail.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Pity those who don't feel anything at all.”
“You look . . . better than before." Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod. "And you hair is . . . clean.”
“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”
“He brought his lips to my ear. "I would have been gentle with you, though." I shuddered as I closed my eyes. Every inch of my body went taut as his words echoed through me. "I would have had you moaning my name throughout it all. And I would have taken a very, very long time, Feyre.”
“Because your human joy fascinates me—the way you experience things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is … entrancing. I’m drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn’t be, even when I try not to be.”
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.