Synopsis (with Spoilers)
I really loved this book. It was cute. It was a great escape to my quaratine, and also a hype to Christmas.
This book starts with the Feyre adjusting her life as High Lady to the Night Court, while everyone else around her are preparing for Solstice. From my understanding of the holiday, Solstice is their version of Christmas where they all get gifts for one another, spend the day together, and celebrate the longest night of the year.
In this book we get a glimpse into what Tamlin is up to, and from the looks of it, not much. His house is trashed, everyone has left him, Tamlin is grumpy, and snarky.
“I have no illusions that the day you thank me for anything, Rhysand, is the day the burning fires of hell go cold.”Tamlin
Although Tamlin deserves to be lonely, Sarah J. Maas allows us to feel sympathy for him. Even Rhys feels bad for him. Tamlin did after all save Rhys, but despite everything, Tamlin still cares about Feyre and seeks her forgiveness.
But Rhys does hate Tamlin, and he doesn’t hestitate to tell him.
“You deserve everything that has befallen you. You deserve this pathetic, empty house, your ravaged lands. I don’t care if you offered that kernel of life to save me, I don’t care if you still love my mate. I don’t care that you saved her from Hybern, or a thousand enemies before that.” The words poured out, cold and steady. “I hope you live the rest of your miserable life alone here. It’s a far more satisfying end than slaughtering you.”Rhysand
We also dive into Nesta’s story line. Not much has changed throughout the course of the book. She’s still a bitch, ignoring her sisters, but she is still in pain. I feel like Nesta has a lot of healing to do before she amends her relationships with her sisters.
One important detail about the book, a detail that changed my rating of the book from 4 stars to 4.5, was the fact that all of the dresses that Rhys gave to Feyre were made by Rhys’s mother. When I read that, I cried!!!! I found it to be very adorable, sweet, and romantic that all of the dresses from the last two books of the series, were from Rhy’s mother. Rhys mother made those dresses for her future daughter-in-law in mind. I found it romantic and cute, because Rhys gave her those dresses to wear from the moment he brought her to the Night Court in A Court of Mist and Fury, because he knew she was the one!!! To some it may sound creepy, but as a fan to the series, this melted my heart.
Another detail that I found pleasing about the book was that Feyre talked about her menstrual cycle as Fae. I still find weird that authors don’t include these details about their cis female characters. But in this book, Feyre compares her periods as a human and as a High Fae.
“My cycle had never been pleasant as a human, and there had indeed been days when I couldn’t get out of bed. It seemed that in being Made, the amplification of my attributes hadn’t stopped at strength and Fae features. Not at all.”
And then there was the exchange of gifts. There were so many to note, after all they are rich. But most importantly, Rhys gave Feyre an estate and she could do what ever she wanted with it. A house, an art studio, a pool, whatever she wanted.
Fan Art (with Spoilers)
What I liked about the book:
I loved reading the details of being Fae. It was interesting to read more details about the menstrual cycles, about the mental bonds between Feyre and Rhysand, and and the effects of being Made into High Fae.
What I didn’t like about the book:
I didn’t like how there was no steak. There was nothing meaty about the book that made me LOVE it. There’s nothing at stake. In every book, there must be something at stake to make the book compelling. In this book, the relationships within the circle of the Night Court might have been the stake, but other than that, there wasn’t much.
What could of made the book better:
A bad guy. Tamlin coming into he Night Court to hurt everyone. Something! I wished there was some sort of epic fight scene that kept me on the edge of my seat. I get that this book was meant to be a filler, or a novella to the series, but at least make me scared for the well-being of the characters.
Will I read more books by this author?
Yes. I love Sarah J. Maas. I know what her work is capable of. But if the question were whether or not I would read another Sarah J. Maas novella, my answer would be still be yes, keeping in mind that her novellas are meant as light reads, and quirky love scenes. Sarah J. Maas is excellent at writing love scenes, and for that, I’d read anything that she would hand me.
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