I absolutely loved this book!!
While I didn’t feel the same for the first book, I loved this one because it totally blew the first out of the water and was so much more exciting!!
When I first read ACOTAR, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Feyre. I felt (like so many other reader) like even though she was the MC – and besides the initial killing that brought her to the Spring Court initially – she was actually pretty boring. There wasn’t anything going on. It wasn’t until I reached the halfway point of the book that there was a surge of activity, and thing were finally happening! And we got to meet Rhysand…
But then comes the second book, and it takes off immediately!!
We see that even though Feyre is now High Fae herself, she’s confined to Tamlin’s castle in his terrible need to keep her
Feyre, obviously, can’t get over the feeling of being locked up, which is understandable, having been imprisoned when all was under Amarantha’s heartless rule. It’s this feeling(?) of being held captive that runs her ragged, and she becomes almost unrecognizable from the strong woman she once was.
Fortunately, there’s Rhys and that bargain he made with her while under Amarantha’s reign, and that bargain is what set this book into the motions of something far more exciting.
With book 2 also came a set of new characters, and they were so much more fun and exciting than those we’d met in book 1. I loved that there was plenty of banter between them and even Feyre. (I don’t want to go details with them, because I don’t want to give away anything that may be surprising about them when you read this book.
You can probably tell that the general feeling I got with this book was that it really was more exciting for me, and Feyre was so much more interesting as well. I couldn’t help but love seeing her become so much stronger and develop as a person/High Fae.
And Rhysand? He was even more awesome in this book. I loved being able to see the High Lord in his own element, presiding over his court as he was meant to. To find out more about him is at times heart-breaking, but overall, I’m glad we get to see the whys.
In conclusion, I wanted to mention that I’ve heard Maas has an affinity for taking her characters and doing total 180’s on them. I’ve only read the first book of the Throne of Glass series, so I wouldn’t know about that, but in the case of the ACOTAR series…I have no problem with the direction she’s going in. I actually like it 10x better, and though I have disliked this very thing in other book series, I welcomed it in this one. Mainly because I just didn’t like Tamlin very much, and the way ACOMAF started…I disliked him even more. I’m not sure I could even express how much I disliked him…
Anyway, I’ll really finish this by saying that I loved, loved, loved this book and am dying to read the third. The way this thing ended…Maas really knows how to make a cliffhanger, and how to incite one’s need to read the next one, cause, have I mentioned that I am dying to read the next one? Yes, it would seem that I have.