She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only 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 Feyre dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into 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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.
(4 / 5)
Well helloooo Beauty and The Beast with Fairies, where have you been all my life?! That is what the bare bones of the story is. That being said, this was an excellent, tightly woven story, which sets up the next book, which is an even better story. Sarah J Maas is so good at writing action scenes as well as the steamy parts. This book was a fabulous set up for the next book, A Court of Mist and Fury, which is 1000% better than this book here.
Ferye is our hero, our lady, our bad-ass bitch of the year. She goes through an incredible journey in thisseries, and Maas does a great job taking us through her transformation. In the beginning, her family of two sisters and a crippled father are dirt poor, and Ferye has to hunt to keep them alive. One day while she is out she kills a wolf that is actually a faerie. In turn she has to either pay the price of the death with her death, or she can go with the faerie lord that comes with her to live with him in his land forever. OK she gets there he is super rich and insanely hot and seems to get really hot under the collar when she is around. Of course she is going to fall in love with him, right?
“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.”
Ferye’s romance with Tamlin is slow and smoldering. He is a beast inside (yes just like the story but he can shape shift between human and beast) and fiercely protective over his people and his “things”. Their romance and the tension between them is always hot, her resolve against his mild advances is amazing. Like that guy could have gotten into anyones panties at any time. They do have sex once, which is not graphic really but it was sexy, steamy and sweet.
“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”
The mortal world that Feyre is from is so stark in contrast to the richness of the faerie world. Her father was a mere shell of the man he used to be, and her sisters, one young and hopeful and one that I actually detested so much during both books it pains me to talk about it. As the oldest of all the kids she had a responsibility to take care of the family and instead she spent every penny Feyre earned on bullshit. Nesta is so uncool it’s not even funny. I hope that she can redeem herself in the last book. When you are reading the parts where they live you can almost see it in black and white, it is so dull and hopeless.
I enjoyed the world that Maas built around these all these characters, both mortal and faerie, obviously some kind of alternate earth, since we still have petticoats and fingerprints. But there are many unique elements and characters to the faerie world that she has created, with the seven different courts: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Dawn, Day, and Night. All of them with their own lands, eternally locked in their respective seasons. The downside is that in in this book we only get to see the Spring Court, and only a small amount of it at that, it leaves you yearning for more world building Also in this first book she introduces us to a few different types of faeries and creatures that keep us entertained, The Suriel, The Bogge, the Middengard Wyrm, RYHSAND.
“Well, good-bye for now,” he said, rolling his neck as if we hadn’t been talking about anything important at all. He bowed at the waist, those wings vanishing entirely, and had begun to fade into the nearest shadow when he went rigid.
His eyes locked on mine wide and wild, and his nostrils flared. Shock—pure shock flashed across his features at whatever he saw on my face, and he stumbled back a step. Actually stumbled.
“What is—” I began.
He disappeared—simply disappeared, not a shadow in sight—into the crisp air.”
This quote is one of my favorites in the whole story. It seems so meaningless until you finish the second book. Then you go back and you read this and you see that the whole thing was foreshadowed, that there are little nuggets for you to go back and grasp on to, little treasures meant only for us that love these books more than others.
Okay so not only are the books awesome but the fandom is INSANE. They are crazier then Twihardsandmore obsessed than Potterheads. But they do produce some fabulous fan art and FanFictions, I highly suggest if you fall in love with these books that you check out every avenue of Sarah J Maas that you can.
The way that she fleshes out her characters is supreme, she leaves you invested in them, loving them, bleeding for them, wanting desperately for them to succeed and also at times, fail. even ones that you fall in love with and dream about being your own boyfriend… I think if a person enjoyed reading young adult fantasy or even adult fantasy then you would certainly enjoy this book too.
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If you liked this book then you should try Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge or Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.