I was so, so excited for this book to arrive in my postbox, and it definitely did not disappoint! After the ending of A Court of Mist and Fury, I could not wait to see what was going to happen next, with Feyre in the Spring Court, war with Hybern brewing, and Feyre’s sisters now high fae.
So, the story starts with Feyre having infiltrated the Spring Court, trying to glean information from them and their alliance with Hybern to feed back to Rhys and the Night Court. This was one of my favourite parts of the book, it was so intense; you never knew what was going to happen next. And Feyre was so crafty, I loved it! Her time in the Spring Court culminates with her escaping with Lucien in tow, which I was really glad about, as I like Lucien as a character and it was good to give him more book time.
They barely make it back to the Night Court alive, and once she’s there, there’s reunions, training, planning for the war, and the attempt to unite the courts in Prythian against Hybern.
I don’t want to go into loads of detail, to spoil this for anyone reading. But it’s safe to say, so much happens, and the meeting with all of the High Lords is pretty great reading, as well as the constant twists and turns and changing of alliances.
It does come to war between Prythian and Hybern, and whilst I probably don’t have to say who comes out on top, there’s quite a lot of battle detail. I would say that about three quarters of the way through, I got to the point where I just wanted the story to be finished, because I’d been reading it for so long, I wanted the end to happen! Not because it was bad, or I wasn’t enjoying it, but because I just wanted to get to the conclusion.
The end had lots of surprises, and i did love it, and wish that I didn’t have to wait a whole year for the next story! But it did feel like the end of a trilogy, which was good, as it means that there’s scope for a new story within the same realm now, with the characters I’ve come to love.
I still can’t help but draw a lot of parallels between this and Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series. But perhaps that’s what makes me like this so much.