Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever
Sarah J Maas was already one of my top authors on my top author list from her Throne of Glass series and this book (and what looks to be an absolutely amazing series) has firmly cemented her place on my top author list for a very long time to come. Absolutely stunning world and character building and despite the fact I am married with two little ones I think a little piece of my heart belongs to a certain green eyed Fae and another piece to a certain violet eyed Fae. If I had to describe the book in two words they would be Breathtaking and Unputdownable. This is bound to be another hit series from Sarah J Maas and I’m absolutely devastated to have to wait a year to find out what happens next, although I’m pretty sure I can guess to the direction it’s going to go with Rhysand.
The world has been split into two parts with the Fae secured north of the wall and the mortals to the south of the wall following the great war 500 years earlier. Feyre is a mortal girl who’s family has fallen on very hard times and has fell from their old wealthy standing to living in nothing more than a hovel and scraping by for food and warmth. Feyre’s father is limp in one leg following being beaten by his creditors when they lost their home, her mother has died a while ago and her two sisters despite being older than her are not much use at anything. Feyre learnt early that to survive she would have to hunt and the book opens with her hunting deep in the woods near the border between the Fae land of Prythian and her mortal lands south of the wall.
While hunting a deer an enormous wolf stalks along after the same deer and Feyre is left with a choice to either kill the wolf or sneak away hoping the wolf hasn’t seen her. The wolf is gigantic and Feyre has heard stories of the Fae shifting into animal form and wonders if the wolf could in fact be a Fae shape shifter. Feyre has grown to despise the Fae from the stories handed down of when mortals were their slaves and so she makes the decision that if in fact the wolf is a Fae that this is ever better and there will be one less of them to potentially enslave her and her family in the future. Feyre takes her shot and the second shot and the wolf strangely seems to allow her to kill it and almost appears to welcome it’s death. With enough food to last her family a couple of weeks from the deer and the wolf hide worth a lot of money she skin the wolf and takes the deer home to eat.
The door of her hovel is blasted down the next night by a ginormous beast who speaks and turns out to be a Fae. He threatens to kill Feyre in payment for her taking the other Fae’s life and breaking a treaty that she didn’t know existed i.e. a life for a life or else offers that she can live and spend the rest of her years north of the wall in Prythian as his guest but never be allowed to return home. Feyre’s father urges her to take the deal and live.
Feyre awakens a few days later to behold a beautiful mansion set in grounds and to find out her Fae captor is called Tamlin. Tamlin, his friend and emissary Lucien and any of the household staff that Feyre meet all have golden masks on their face which is revealed have been stuck and cannot be removed following a blight on the lands of Prythian that have blocked some of the magic but even with the masks Feyre can see how beautiful Tamlin must be under the mask. Determined to find a way out of her agreement and a clause in the treaty she broke when she murdered the Fae wolf, Feyre is determined not to settle in. But is there more to what is happening that what Tamlin and Lucien have told her and is there some sort of feelings developing between her and the green eyed Tamlin?………
Absolutely unputdownable, addictive and magically ensnaring book that has hooked me from start to finish and left me desperate and wishing for more. Honestly I cannot recommend this book enough and although I guessed quite a few parts before they happened the storyline was written that well and I’d bonded so well to the characters by these points that I literally couldn’t stop reading and turning the pages to find out what happened next. I was banging my head and wanted to shout at Feyre to work out the answer to the riddle earlier as I’d worked it out straight away, but I can see why the story is left to develop as it does and there is a very clear and important reason for this too which becomes apparent at the end. I love Tamlin and Rhysand and I can already guess how the next book will probably go with the conversation near the end between Feyre and Rhysand and I think the next book will be a cracker because of this. I also love Feyre and her character and how she’s strong without being an unlikeable character but also has her human fragility and heart. This book is that good that I can hand on heart say I bonded with this storyline faster than Throne of Glass and considering how much I love that series I think this is going to be one where I am counting down the days to the next book release.