When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about 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 she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a 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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
There are some books where it feels as though you either love the characters as individuals or as a couple, but never both. I loved Feyre and Tamlin in both ways. Feyre is such an intense and complex character, with the burden of caring for her two sisters and her crippled father. Her personality is one that I clicked with straight away and Sarah J. Maas is such a wonderful writer – I’m surprised that this is the first book of hers that I’ve read, considering Throne of Glass has been sitting on my desk for months. Back to the characters – Tamlin was also a wonderful character to read about. The strong, magical High Fae who Feyre finds out is a lot more than just one of the High Fae. Lucien, Tamlin’s best friend, is also one of the funniest side characters ever, and I don’t think I would have enjoyed the story as much if he wasn’t in it.
I also absolutely loved Rhysand. He’s such a complex character and possibly the most interesting character in the book because of the mystery behind him, and I can’t wait to hopefully learn more about him in the sequel!
The story itself has some major plot twists near the end and I have to admit that I didn’t think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. I had picked up this book during a busy week and only had snippets of time to actually read it, yet I finished it in a couple of days. The story starts off quite nicely but really picks up as it nears the end, and it becomes really intense to the point where you just can’t put it down.
I think the main reason I loved this book is because it totally surprised me. I didn’t think I would enjoy it and I ended up loving it and grew attached to the unique world Sarah J. Maas created. I actually received this book a month early (thank you, Waterstones!) and though the release date is said to be the 4th of May, I have seen it on shelves recently, so be sure to pick up a copy!