- 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 like the ballad, but does it before the trials where the main character has to save him from the evil faerie queen figure.
Feyre is human and kills one of Tamlin’s friends who was in the form of a wolf, so he takes her across the wall that separates the human and fae worlds. 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 for her new “home” and 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 irritates the crap out of 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.
March 2016 reread:
3.5 stars. The book flowed so much better when I knew where everything was heading! The best part is probably the worldbuilding. And I will never like Tamlin… sorry, folks. 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 that.
April 2017 Update:
4 stars. Ok, I definitely liked this book WAY more this time, buuuut that’s mostly because I could see the story within the story. I’m still taking a star off for this book on its own, though, because there’s way too much behavior I have to work to ignore from both Tamlin & Rhysand. But I still adore this whole world and the retelling elements!
And 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 just going to say: give the poor idiot a break. He isn’t intentionally evil – he just has a LOT he needs to learn (which makes him an even better antagonist in my opinion).