Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Published: May 1st, 2018
Average Goodreads rating: 4.24
My rating: 2.5
The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before.
A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.
To the blessed darkness from which we are born, and to which we return.
There are so many reviews of this book popping up and the opinions on it seem to be all over the place. Some folks are shouting their five star reviews from the rooftops, waving banners and calling Feyre’s name. Then, there are folks like me, sitting there staring at the lovely book cover wondering what the trash was they just read.
To begin, I know that this is a bridge book between the original trilogy and the rest of the upcoming series. That makes sense and I was very much looking forward to seeing how everyone was coping, what was going on with all of our lovely characters etc. What I got was borderline erotica and alcoholism.
I think at this point we all expect books by Maas to be a little sexually charged and I’m okay with that but when it is pretty much the only aspect shown of a major character I get a little peeved. I used to love Rhysand but starting with ACOWAR and then in this book he has become, pardon me, a pussy whipped bitch. He only thinks about his mate and sex and his personality outside of that has dwindled. It is disgusting and a disservice to a once strong and enjoyable character.
Now, the story isn’t all bad. We do get glimpses into how Feyre, the Night Court, and their city are coping after the war. Their struggles and scars, both mental and physical, are laid out for us to explore. It is interesting seeing their different coping mechanisms as they are all a little bit different and we get a great peak into Cassian’s mind which is nice setup for the next book in the series which, if you didn’t know, is Cassian and Nesta.
To be honest, I could have done without this book as a whole. There were nice little snippets here and there but that was it. It was like visiting family for the holidays. There are always one or two moments that make you smile but for the most part you are just left feeling like your time could have been better spent.