“So here we are. With the fate of our world in the hands of an illiterate human.”
For the beginning half of this book, I seemed to have the same problem that I had with Throne of Glass (albeit, it wasn’t as bad here). The plot just didn’t really make sense.
Feyre kills a wolf while hunting in the woods. This wolf turns out to be a faerie so now according to some really old rules she should be put to death. But the person that would be responsible for putting her to death decides to be nice (for…reasons?) and let her live. At his castle. With him. Young woman goes from living in a hovel and fighting for every meal to getting away from her ungrateful family and living in luxury.
Also, no one really seemed to care that much that Feyre had killed their friend and Tamlin kind of goes out of his way to shelter her. Asking her things like
“What would it take to make you happy?”
Why the fuck do you care, dude?! She. Killed. Your. Friend!
This all seemed like a bunch of contrived nonsense to me, honestly. Just a way to artificially throw two people together to generate a romance.
About halfway-ish through the book, information was presented that actually puts all of this a little bit in perspective and makes it make sense. Unfortunately, by that point, I was kind of already done and in the process of checking out of the story so it’s positive effect on me was pretty minimal.
Part of this was because I feel like the dialogue is really cheesy and cliché and I kinda got a Twilight-vibe. There were several instances of “I like humans even though I shouldn’t, you should stay away from me.” Feyre, while described as being strong (this was definitely presented in a telling-not-showing sort of way), was really kind of a blank slate. She didn’t seem to have any discernible personality to set her apart from pretty much any other YA heroine.
Tamlin as well did not really seem to have that much substance to him. He was almost just a prop character for Feyre to fall in love with and change her life. I honestly can’t think of any particular trait regarding his character beyond pretty and protective.
On that YA note, I know there is some discussion about whether this should be considered YA or not. While there are some things that happen in the story that belong more on an “adult” bookshelf, the voice of Feyre was very YA so I’m sticking with that classification.
This brings me to the second half of the book.
This half/last third was undoubtedly better than the first part.
The reader knows pretty much all of the backstory by this point and there is just more happening. It is really almost like a sequel than a second half of the same installment.
I will say that I did like that Feyre was not a damsel in distress in this part of the story. She was definitely the heroine (even if she did have to have help from another male…but I digress). However, it had its problems as well.
The biggest, for me, being Rhysand.
As a villain, I love him. His is actually one of the few characters that feels complete to me, like some actual effort went into creating him. He is twisted and does some messed up stuff.
But there was a lot of hinting that he will come to be a serious love interest for Feyre and this bothers me a lot. The reasons for this are pretty spoiler-y so if you would like to read about it, head over to my Goodreads review where I was able to hide all this in a spoiler tag. :)
I have read reviews for the second book and it seems like people’s opinions on that book vary based on how much you like either Rhysand or Tamlin. As Tamlin was just blah in this book and I have the aforementioned conflict about Rhysand, I don’t think it would be a good idea for me to pick up the next book. I might though just out of a morbid curiosity to see how things transpire.