By Jensen Argyle
In Sarah J. Maas’s heart-pounding sequel to Á Court of Thorns and Roses we find Feyre living with the man she loves (I guess maybe faerie she loves?), Tamlin, preparing to marry him. But those who have read the first book will remember that she also has an agreement with Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court. When he comes to collect her, and pulls her into the confusion of politics, desire, and supremacy that is the Night Court Feyre realizes that there is something much more evil looming in the shadows.
First of all, I want to clarify something. A lot of people confused and think that this is a young adult series. It is not. It is a new adult series. The distinction is important, because this book was written for more mature audiences. So there you go.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the book. Maas’s writing is beautiful, as always. Her craftsmanship is just as majestic, whimsical, and breathtaking as the story she tells. And she knows how to add twists and turns that will catch you off guard and break your heart.
Feyre and Tamlin have changed a lot since the first book, and readers of the first book will recognize those changes. Feyre is going through PTSD, and element that I loved because it made her situation feel very real. Tamlin is trying to help by keeping her locked away safe in his estate, even though she continually begs him to let her out to help the people who lost their homes and to join in the hunt. At first, I resented the changes in Tamlin’s character.
There were a lot of changes to his character that surprised me. There were actions he took that dismayed me. I resented this, thinking Maas was trying to make me ok with the impending love triangle and the heavy Rhysand focus in this book. While this may have been a factor, I have come to accept that the changes in Tamlin’s character do make a lot of sense considering what happened in the first book. For you Tamlin fans, I’m gonna warn you that he is not in this book for about 80% of it. I know, I was a Tamlin fan too, but I came to be ok with this.
Now onto Rhysand. Oh Rhysand… he is equal parts cunning, charming, and witty. He loves pushing Feyre’s buttons. The thing I loved about Rhysand in this book was how much he respect and encourages Feyre. He trains her and believes in her, believes that she can fight. He respects her wishes and doesn’t try to keep her in a box and away from danger. That esteem he holds for her was what really made the relationship grow on me.
Now I will address that love triangle we all knew was coming. There isn’t one. At first you think there is going to be one, which annoyed because I despise love triangles like nobody’s business. But Feyre makes a clear choice, her affections make a clear transition. This is a story about growth and moving on from an unhealthy relationship to a healthy one that heals and uplifts you, an aspect that I loved.
Hopefully I haven’t spoiled anything for you, reader.
And I won’t spoil the ending, but I will tell you that the ending is torturous. It is not precisely a cliffhanger, but it will whet your appetite enough to make you eagerly anticipate the next installment in this fantastic series.
Go check out A Court of Mist and Fury if you love a good story about love, power, and intrigue. And as always, happy reading.