- Page Count: 416
- Release Date: May 5, 2015
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
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.
It’s like Tam Lin meets East of the Sun West of the Moon? Maas really knows her mythology and fantasy stories, so my favorite part of this series is seeing the brilliant ways hints of so many different things can blend together!
So the Tam Lin figure is the fae High Lord of the Spring Court who is named… Tamlin. He even shifts into a beast and the main character saves him from the evil faerie queen figure. The ordering of events is a bit different from the ballad, though. The main story follows the plot of East of the Sun West of the Moon more.
Feyre is a human who accidentally kills a friend of Tamlin, so he busts into her family’s house in the form of a beast and takes her to stay with him. There’s lots of politics and drama going on between the different fae courts, but the story is told through Feyre’s POV so the reader only knows whatever Tamlin shares. In the end, Feyre decides to fight to save the High Lord she loves.
Overview of my original review:
I know it’s the most unpopular opinion ever, but I cannot stand Tamlin. Maybe I just don’t like spring, but the guy annoys me. I get that Feyre is human instead of fae, but she has next to no agency around him. And then her POV romanticizes it, soooo idk if I’m a fan of her either. Rhysand (the High Lord of the Night Court) and Lucien were interesting characters I’d like to see more of, but I’m not huge on how the line between Rhysand being dangerous & abusive is blurred. Like the stuff with him Under the Mountain was iffy no matter what.
April 2016 reread:
3.5 stars. The book flowed so much better when I knew where everything was heading! And I will never like Tamlin… sorry. I do love Lucien, though!
May 2016 after ACOMAF
Mmmk Rhysand’s bit Under the Mountain makes more sense, but I’m still not sure that’s an excuse. I’m going to kind of ignore that and then carry on with the rest of the series? That’s horrible, I know. But the stuff with Tamlin works SO much better now that I know where this series is trying to go with him.
April 2017 Update:
4 stars. I know it’s super ironic that 2 years ago I was one of the few people complaining about how I couldn’t stand Tamlin… and now that everyone hates him I’m the one saying give the poor idiot a break. He isn’t intentionally evil – he just has a LOT to learn (which makes him an even better antagonist in my opinion).