Author: Sarah J. Maas
Overall Rating: 5/5
Spicy Rating: 3/5
This book is what made me fall in love with the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series. It was full of political intrigue, scheming, hard-fought battles, magic, monsters, and heartbreaking romance. I cried more than a few times while turning the pages of this novel, I ate, slept, and breathed it until I reached the last word. Very few books that I read get a five-star overall rating, and while this book is not perfect, it did earn that accolade. If you want to see the full list of books I’ve given a five-star overall rating you can visit the list here.
The book begins when Feyre returns to the Spring Court with Tamlin and Lucien, with Tamlin happy to have her back, and Lucien suspicious that Feyre is all that she seems. Meanwhile, Feyre is playing the part of the doting lover, all while poising the Spring court to fall in her act of vengeance against Tamlin for kidnapping her and nearly murdering her mate and family in the wake of his need for control. While she’s scheming she is also gathering information about Hybern’s plans to bring back with her to Velaris upon her escape. Unfortunately, her schemes leave the Spring court weak and open to invasion by Hybern and his forces and poison an ally that they may need in order to defeat the wicked king, an unexpected consequence of the short-sightedness of her act of revenge.
Rhysand and the inner circle have returned to Velaris to heal and to plan their next move in the war against Hybern and with them, they have brought Elain and Nesta, who were captured and forcibly made immortal by Hybern’s king in order to prove it could be done to the mortal queens including Briallyn, who was turned immortal but lost what she loved most to the cauldron, her youth. Elain is devastated to have been made Fae because she was in love with and engaged to a mortal who has a deep-seated hatred of the Fae and hunts them for sport. We learned at the end of A Court of Mist and Fury that Lucien is Elain’s mate and he is a hovering presence on the edge of her near-catatonia tha