After everything that happened Under the Mountain, Feyre and Tamlin are getting married! But everything isn’t rainbows and sunshine. Feyre is having severe PTSD from her time Under the Mountain. Nightmares and throwing up every night and the fear of dark and small places. On top of all this, she’s dealing with planning the wedding and adjusting to life as a High Lords fianceé. Plus, she has her deal with Rhysand, the dreaded High Lord of the Night Court, to worry about. It’s been three months so they escaped the Mountain and he still hasn’t dragged her to his court.
On the day of their wedding, Feyre has a panic attack while walking down the aisle. She’s uncomfortable in her gown and the choice she’s about to make when Rhysand magically appears beside, requesting to start their deal. She’s of course pissed at him for ruining her wedding day, but secretly relieved he was able to give her more time to think. In the beginning, Feyre was a spy for Tamlin so he could get intel on his enemy while on her obligated trips.But after Tamlin locks Feyre in their home and literally forbids her from leaving, Rhysand and his friends break her out and keep her at the Night Court. And… she loves it? The Night Court and its people are some of the most beautiful souls Feyre has ever encountered. So she decides to stay, permanently. She writes to Tamlin to inform him of her choice and that it was of her own free will.
Since Feyre was “born” from all seven of the High Lords of Prythian, she has a bit of each one’s magic in her. Therefore, she can sense and use said magic to detect and find objects. The King of Hybern, the evil lord ruling on the island near Prythian, has begun preparing for war against the High Lords and the human realm. Rhysand and his Inner Circle need to find the two halves of the Book of Breathings to nullify the Cauldron to stop Hybern in his plans to destroy the wall separating the humans from the faeries. One half of the book is in the possession of the High Lord of the Summer Court and the other half belongs to the human queens. Feyre just so happens to be the only person who can break the spell of the Cauldron.
After learning this information and the job Feyre has agreed to do, she begins training, in both physical capabilities and her powers. She is put on training tasks to test out her abilities of sensing objects belonging to High Lords. Throughout her time in the Night Court and learning about its villages and cities and people, Feyre is starting to learn about the ruthless High Lord and how not-so-scary he truly is. He just wants peace and safety for his people. Feyre realizes she may want him in ways she never wanted Tamlin. When she and the rest of the Inner Circle get both halves of the Book, things take a turn.
Again, this book was amazing. Feyre is so willing to give up everything to save and protect the people and land she loves. She doesn’t care that everytime she does this, she chips away at herself, and soon there won’t be anything left of her to give.
Rhysand is so adorable. He protects Feyre while still letting her make her own decisions and actions. He knows what she’s going through with her PTSD because he’s experiencing the same thing, and can feel it through the bond he attached to her in their bargain. He wants her to succeed and be the best possible version of herself so he pushes her to do it and the end results are better and worse than what he expected.
This book was much larger than the first and filled beginning to end with content. At times, I forgot Tamlin was even in this book. There were so many emotions swirling around the pages that it sucked you in on so many levels. There were powerful scenes, funny scenes, sad scenes, and romantic scenes. I was in tears multiple times. The way Maas writes Feyre’s and Rhysand’s feelings is so real. I don’t question what I’m reading while I’m reading. This was my second book that I tabbed while reading and it was hard. I would get so enthralled in the story that I would have to go back after reading a section to tab it.
Amazing, again. Five stars.