***I'm posting this from my new tablet so we'll how it goes***
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Genre: Fairytale Retelling/ Fantasy
Age: YA 13+
I originally read this book by listening to the audio when it first came out last year & fell instantly in love! I will go as far as saying this is my favorite book, even above Harry Potter...which is crazy but true. The second book might be a tie LOL. I've been having some trouble at work recently & needed something to cheer me up so I picked this one up & it worked wonders. I reread it within 2 days. It's been a long time since I've done that with a book!
In this first book of a trilogy we meet Feyre. She is a mortal hunter trying to provide for her family the best she can. She lives with her 2 sisters Elaine & Nesta, & their father. Years ago their father lost all of the money & belongings through a bad business deal. Since then the family has lived in a hovel on the outskirts of town & are barely able to survive on the meat & money Feyre is able to get for them by hunting in the nearby woods. One day while she is out Feyre encounters a wolf that is way to big to just be a common woodland creature. She suspect that he crossed over from the nearby wall that separates the mortal realm from the realm of the fae.
The land containing the beautiful & immortal fae is called Prythian. In this realm there are 7 courts (Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, Day, Dawn, & Night) & 2 other lands (The island of Hybern & a terrible place called Under the Mountain). Hundreds of years ago there was a great War between the humans & the fae. A result of that war is the wall protecting the human world as well as a treaty governing the two races.
Several days after Feyre slaughtered the fae wolf, a great beast comes to the door demanding that a life debt be paid in exchange for the killing. Feyre willingly but unhappily goes with the beast to save her family. It isn't long before her & the beast are over the wall & she begins the remainder of her life living in the Spring Court of Prythian. The court is lead by a high fae named Tamlin. He resides there with his emissary Lucien & a large court.
While there Feyre learns that there is a curse upon all of Prythian caused by a terrible blight. It has been plaguing the land for the past 50 years! It effects each court differently, for example, in the Spring Court all its members have been stuck in animal masks since the night the curse was put upon them at a ball. Other consequences of the curse include diminished magical abilities of the people & a problem with the wards protecting each court. This means Feyre is seeing strange creatures in the woods & rose garden surrounding the manor.
Over time Feyre comes to enjoy Prythian, her companions, & especially the handsome high lord. The pair eventually fall in love, but because of the curse Tamlin must send Feyre back to the human realm before she becomes a pawn in this terrible game.
Feyre doesn't spend much time back on her side of the wall, she quickly senses something is wrong & returns to Prythian. He love for Tamlin is to strong so she flees back over the wall & finally learns the truth. Tamlin's court has been taken by the blight. The terrible thing plaguing the land is actually a woman named Amarantha. She resides Under the Mountain & has ruled unjustly in Prythian for the past 50 years. She was sent to the realm from Hybern as an emissary & quickly took power into her own hands. She has a grudge against mortals because of a conflict during the war with her sister. Jealously for Tamlin also makes her hatred for Feyre even stronger.
Feyre alone has the power to break the curse & free Prythian from this long plague but can she live through Amarantha's trials? Or will she become worm food Under the Mountain? With the help of Lucien & a new dark enemy she must overcome the darkness to be with Tamlin again. The question is does love or evil conquer all?
Likes: This book has a great world! From the beautiful & interesting characters to the scenery it takes your breath away.
The story is very akin to the classic tale of Beauty & the Beast. But it has some new elements that keep you on the edge of your seat.
It could easily be a standalone book but it also leaves a little hint of what's to come next & makes you want more.
The story itself is magical & the love that drips from feyre & Tamlin is addictive. We should all want that kind of love!